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Old 07-29-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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ford 302
chevy 350

I mean the power performance and parts are all easy to come by and it has decent mpg's
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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I'd say the LSx series of GM motors is very versatile when it comes to making a great range of power and torque. I'd put one of those into just about anything.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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any engine made for production cars that gets between 118-125 HP per liter without forced induction is the best engine ever :P
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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any engine made for production cars that gets between 118-125 HP per liter without forced induction is the best engine ever :P
Sounds like a motorcycle or Honda motor.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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No timing chain? How do the valves move??? I thought these straight 6's had short timing chains, cam close to the crank.
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No chain, just two gears, crank gear turning the cam gear.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Wow, best engine ever... Depends. How is that for a strong decisive answer?

For me personally there are several that would tie for the top spot. As much as I hate GM products, you cannot discount the rock solid Chevy 350. Adaptable to a wide range of applications, some of which it excels at, others it does a decent job with; no application I have seen that it could be considered a failure at.

The aforementioned AMC 258 and even the underpowered 232. While the 232 didn't have the power to pull the hat off your head, they both fared well in the off-road environment where simplicity and dependability are more important than huge horsepower figures. A lack of torque in the 232 could be addressed with gearing and deliver some stellar off-road, while the 258 was a nice blend of inline 6 torque and roadside HP. Never too highly prized by the go-fast crowd, this duo of motors powered a huge number of people down the roads, and through the woods without much complaint.

The Ford 300. Another inline 6 that just keeps going, and going. Out of production now for quite a while, those that still own vehicles with them will be sorely disappointed when the time comes to retire the bodies of the vehicles they reside in. This is another motor that will just keep going as long as you treat it the way it was designed to be treated and not expect/demand the performance of a V-8 just because it has the torque of a small V-8.

Cummings Diesel. Want to tow something heavy for a long way? Here's your motor. Nuff said.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Have to put in a vote for the Buick 3.8. Good power, good torque, excellent reliability, good fuel mileage, and a basically simple design, forgiving of the DIY mechanic.

Available in a wide variety of configurations for the engine swapper. Performs as well in a Jeep or small truck as it does in a Buick GN.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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I always thought the 472ci Cadillac motors were indestructible motors although they do drink alot of gas but they offer good power and torque

Runner up that I'm surprised nobody has mentioned is the GM 455ci motor, especially the Oldsmobile version, these motors offer a good balance of power, durability and torque but they aren't so fuel efficient
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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Gas engines, 302/351W, 390/410/428FE, 429/460 385 series lima engines are all good.

Diesel engines, IH DT360, IH DT466.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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I always thought the 472ci Cadillac motors were indestructible motors although they do drink alot of gas but they offer good power and torque

Runner up that I'm surprised nobody has mentioned is the GM 455ci motor, especially the Oldsmobile version, these motors offer a good balance of power, durability and torque but they aren't so fuel efficient
I only hear good things about the Cadillac 472/500 and some people use them in trucks for towing. I might buy a early 70's big Cadillac, always wanted one.
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