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Old 08-27-2008, 02:06 PM
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My neck was hurting, trying to see it better....so I fixed it



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Old 08-27-2008, 04:03 PM
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:11 PM
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Just reminding people (as this thread gets longer and more difficult to navigate) that there's a wiki article on this subject: Why not to use a small-block Chevy engine.

Fortunately, someone also started another article documenting the opposing viewpoint: The Controversial Chevy small block, although it's not as well-developed yet.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:29 PM
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I love the SBC and have one in my 55, however, my next project, if I ever find the right roller, will be an inline 6 with all the goodies I can find to build her with
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When I came dragging my '38 Poncho home on a trailer, the first thing my big mouthed buddy said was "I know where you can get a 350 crate motor with a chromed Edelbrock carb ready to drop in and we'll put a 700R4 behind it and I'll....." It seams that there is always someone that has the correct idea of what a street rod should be and is more than ready to tell you how you should build yours. The fact is that I was always a Chevy man. I had a screamin 396 Chevelle but I was always partial to small blocks, especially the 327. But like Centerline I too have grown bored with them in so many rods.

My Dad was a Pontiac man, so when I saw this old car under a shed in Illinois I just had to have it. So I am taking this opportunity to build my first Pontiac motor for this Pontiac car. It just seems fitting. And I've learned so much.

This motor is a '60 vintage 389 and I have a '60 SD Tri-power intake with correct dichromated Rochester trips, and correct linkage and fuel lines thanks to Mike Wasson of Pontiac Tri-power.com. The headers are period correct Long Branch reproduced by R.A.R.E. and chrome ceramic coated inside and out. Some vintage era finned aluminum valve covers from Mooneyes and matching air cleaners from Vintage Speed and hopefully it will represent what my Dad or I might have built in the early 60's.

There may be more work what with the frame mods and home made motor mounts and I know more money in this over a SBC. But when I finally get finished there probably won't be a whole lot of em exactly like it.

Just my two cents FWIW.

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HOORAY for guy willing to take on the challenge of making an ALL Pontiac streetrod! HOORAY!!!

Building a streetrod isn't supposed to be "easy", if you wanted something easy you would go buy a new car and custom paint it. No, building a streetrod should be a challenge, and a "creation" based on the builders ideals of a streetrod. If this includes a SBC, then fine, that is cool too. But to go outside the streetrod catalog box and make things and create parts that didn't exist yesterday to make something else work, that is fulfilling to me personally.

The ALL Pontiac, All Ford, ALL Dodge and yes even ALL Chevy (with an inline six is the only way it really works for me) are COOL. I am drawn to them every-time I see these types of cars.

Good for you!

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Old 09-18-2008, 01:49 PM
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Well. I am definitely a Chevy guy. No offense to anyone intended. Its just what I know and grew up with. When I started building my 36....my head was in a tailspin trying to decide what to put in her. I knew straight off.....I didnt want to just drop in another SBC. So I'm being told I've done just as bad by going with the LS. After researching and asking a multitude of questions....I felt like the aluminum block, port design, overall engineering behind engine, and the myriad of aftermarket stuff was....well...just appealing. Even concidering dropping a Machine Tech 8-71 blower on her and ditching the injection. I love aluminum.

The flip side.....if I hadnt gone with the LS...I wouldve definitely gone with a 3.8 Grand Nat or 4.1 (or was that 4.3?) Syclone drivetrain. Really wish I had now. Couldve used the room.

I guess....sort of....I'm siding with everyone on this topic. A Hemi wouldve been nice if my pockets were deeper.

And yes....if I owned a Ford product....I'd go with a GT series combo. Thats the plan for dads 41 Coupe.

Guys....I really like em all!!

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$$$$$$

My cost on a master engine kit for a 350 chevy is $189.00 this has pistons gaskets rings cam rod and main bearings timing chain and gear set cam and lifters oil pump expantion and galley plugs and a tube of gasket sealer this same kit for a small block mo par is $800.00 it's not a lazy issue it's $$$$$$$
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My cost on a master engine kit for a 350 chevy is $189.00 this has pistons gaskets rings cam rod and main bearings timing chain and gear set cam and lifters oil pump expantion and galley plugs and a tube of gasket sealer this same kit for a small block mo par is $800.00 it's not a lazy issue it's $$$$$$$
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That's why I am in this hobby, to save money!

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That's why I am in this hobby, to save money!

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Brian, if you are in this hobby to save money, I think you better find another hobby......



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Old 01-22-2009, 05:33 PM
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OK so how did my WIFE get in here?




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Hey Centerline,
My old man built this for his Willys project:



I know it will run and it is done more period rather than flashy billet chromed gold chainer type smallblock but we have one of these motors just sitting around:



I tried and tried but he wanted that smallblock.....well at least the 426 is still available for something else in the future...a 426 Max wedge Willys would have been so much cooler......
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