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Old 08-03-2007, 09:00 AM
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Will the SBC and the BBC lose popularity?

I am noticing that all of the Magazines are jumping on the LS bandwagon (I haven't seen a hop-up Article on a SBC/BBC in a while). Not that I hate the LS Series, but I guess I am a little more traditional (and the fact that I am building a Car with a BBC).

So, my question is: do you think that the "old" (SBC/BBC) engines will die off? I realize people still build Flatheads and the like, but is the trend away from these Engines? Yes, I know that they don't make them anymore (at least in Production Cars). I don't mind the looks of the LS Series when they take the Coils off of them and add some nice Valve Covers and a "normal" Intake, but as they come from the Factory I think they are ugly-what do you think? The performance is good on the new LS Series, but my heart lies with the good 'ole days-

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Old 08-03-2007, 09:54 AM
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I know Centerline would like to see them die off..............

Maybe, he will like them better if they become obsolete.................

Anyways, I don't think they will lose much popularity for quite a while.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:13 AM
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I am noticing that all of the Magazines are jumping on the LS bandwagon (I haven't seen a hop-up Article on a SBC/BBC in a while). Not that I hate the LS Series, but I guess I am a little more traditional (and the fact that I am building a Car with a BBC).

So, my question is: do you think that the "old" (SBC/BBC) engines will die off? I realize people still build Flatheads and the like, but is the trend away from these Engines? Yes, I know that they don't make them anymore (at least in Production Cars). I don't mind the looks of the LS Series when they take the Coils off of them and add some nice Valve Covers and a "normal" Intake, but as they come from the Factory I think they are ugly-what do you think? The performance is good on the new LS Series, but my heart lies with the good 'ole days-
Not as long as the aftermarket suppliers still provide the widest range of components at the lowest cost! Thats what converted me from a Ford guy
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they will most definatly die off-------in about 100 years when none are left. by then it wont matter anyway because there wont be any gas either. i dont care because i wont be around either.
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They`ll never die, too many guys like me depend on them as cheap hot rod engines. While the LS`s are power makers, I don`t like them and I`ll never fool with one. It looks like it was run through the trash compactor. I don`t even call it a small block, I call it a WTH happened block.
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The only thing I can say to your question is, we can only hope.

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The moment they aren't so plentiful/Cheap and the aftermarket supplies parts that are cheaper and easier to use on the LS based engines is when the death knell of the SBC/BBC will be!
In my case, I'm building a road race/street hybrid so, at least for the road race aspect of it, the LSx aluminum block makes more sense for me because of the weight savings and torque curves they make.
I think SBC/BBC will be around for a good long time!

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I seriously doubt it. The aftermarket continues to invest millions in these two classics. If there was even the slightest speculation that they were going to be phased out new parts wouldn't be developed, especially blocks and heads!

I have an SBC in the Camaro and thought about swapping in an LS eventually but I love the look and sound of the classic motor better (especially through the original Flowmasters). I was just doing it to get an aluminum block and EFI cheap, but when you figure in the cost of the swap, and what it takes to make the LS look half as good as the old motor... I hate plastic covers, so the coil packs MUST be moved and a pair of relatively expensive billet covers purchased. Next I wouldn't want a plastic intake, and would rather have the single plane with a TB and EFI - more money! In the end, I figured out that I wasn't saving enough, because I can't be satisfied with that motor as it is. I would rather pay a few more dollars for an aluminum block for my SBC... I have an old TPI setup that will suffice. It's not as good as the modern EFI systems, but...

As far as the look of the LS. It's definitely not in the same aesthetic ballpark as most older American V8's, but if you work with it enough it can look decent. As mentioned, move the coil packs, get some billet covers, an aluminum single-plane intake, etc. The block doesn't look as good, but you really cant see much of the block in most hot rods - except some street rods. Even when it's somewhat visible, all the eye-candy on top usually keeps your attention enough that it is not such an issue.
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I still think that this LSx motor looks really nice and would be more than happy to have it under my hood!



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