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Old 10-06-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Whats under your hood?

I am just starting out on a 65/66 Short Stepper project. I have this uncontrollable urge to put an odd motor in it. Not talking Ford in a Chevy odd but maybe Caddy, Buick, Olds etc.....

When I get asked what motor is in the truck I just wanna be able to say somethin other than 350. I just like being a little weird I guess, but lets hear it....whats under your hood?

And if anyone has a favorite non-SBC motor tell me about it....
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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I vote for 500 CI Caddy.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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Re: Whats under your hood?

My buddy suggested that, I really like the idea. Haven't been able to find one. My issue is I really would like to start with a running motor and a running 500 Caddy doesnt seem to come cheap...but how awesome would that be? Especially in a shortie
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
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Re: Whats under your hood?

I went with Chevy 454 in mine, but I've seen quite a few 472 Caddies with TH400, rear wheel drive, on craigslist, (ugly) entire cars with good drivelines for less than a couple grand.
I've wondered how the front-wheel drive setup would complicate issues on the Eldorados?
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:57 PM   #5
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I have a friend trying to sell his father's old car. Its a '77 Buick Electra. Bout 120K original miles on it, Buick 350 motor and a good OD trans. Runs excellent. I can get it for a grand. I am thinking of this option too but The car is more or less perfect so I'd feel bad pulling its guts out.....
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #6
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Re: Whats under your hood?

i love my little straight six 250. but i think if i was goin for an odd motor id go with a cummins.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
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Re: Whats under your hood?

If I were just starting out and had the budget, my first choice would be a Tri-Power 389 Pontiac. Second choice would be a 401 Buick loaded with finned aluminum. The cool factor would be tops with either engine. In reality I built mine 20 years ago with a jelly bean 350, and a shortage of expendable income will keep it there.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:39 PM   #8
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Re: Whats under your hood?

it's not odd, but my pretty much favorite motor in ANYthing is an old 283 dual quad vette motor
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:45 PM   #9
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Re: Whats under your hood?

Keep em comin! Maybe I will get lucky and barn find one of these dudes! Lord knows there are plenty of barns around here
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:51 PM   #10
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straight six. you can trick 'em out. simple and easy to maintain and get parts for especially if your on a budget..
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Re: Whats under your hood?

a straight 8 would be pretty cool!
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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Straight 8? That exists?
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:57 PM   #13
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Re: Whats under your hood?

I've got a great idea for you....the 3.8 twin turbo that they put in the buick grand nationals in the mid 80s...how about that odd motor for a C10 short stepside pickup? Or what I am going to do with the pickup I am going to start building soon is a 4.8 or 5.3L the new chevy LS series of motors...they are now plentiful and cheap in most bone yards. The 3.8L twin turbo GNX motor...probably hard to find and very expensive but very cool to have in a truck like yours.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:00 PM   #14
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I looked up that straight 8, it LOOKS AWESOME!

IS that 3.8 a fuel injected motor?
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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Not for certain so please don't quote me on this but I think they started the fuel injection with the twin turbos on the Buick grand nationals and GNX in 1986. I have a friend with a 1986 buick t type and I will email him to find out. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the grand national GNX buicks from the mid to late 80s. But 400hp with a twin turbo 3.8L V6 motor....wow you would wow them at the car shows and burn em at the strip on friday and saturday night.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:11 PM   #16
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Re: Whats under your hood?



Not under mine but here`s 401 buick nailhead
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:13 PM   #17
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Re: Whats under your hood?

I have a 64 gmc with a 472 caddy, they had to notch the firewall and frame to get it to fit....
I put a pontiac 455/th350 in my wifes 63... pretty much a bolt in.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:21 PM   #18
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Re: Whats under your hood?

nail heads are so cool lookin!
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:28 PM   #19
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Re: Whats under your hood?

I've never seen a 426 Hemi in one.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:34 PM   #20
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oooohhh that reminds me. they make a hemi head for the ls engines nowadays! probably dont really flow that better than the normal ones but... wait this was a budget build. they are crazy expensive heads. still cool though


and one of the straight 8
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:40 PM   #21
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Or if your lucky to fnd a 426 wedge...
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:42 PM   #22
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413 cross ram dodge...
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #23
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Re: Whats under your hood?

Under the hood of my truck is a 292. Thought about putting a V8 in, but that's done to death. I'll keep the torque monster in it.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:51 PM   #24
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there would be nothing sicker then a straight 8 but a straight 6 always works every time someone sees my truck the first words out of there mouth is dose it got a 350 in it and there always surprised to see the I6
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:52 PM   #25
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im sure weve all seen this one
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