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SUBJECT: # 11964: What's the best engine of all time?

Submitted by Steve P. from FLORIDA on 5/23/2006 11:45:00 PM

350 small block Chevy gets my vote.


Let's hear it.........................



  1. 5/24/2006 7:30:00 AM Submitted by Chevymon (198.97.67.56) from OH says None better...
    You won't find any motor whatsoever that is more versitale and is the cheapest to soup-up or re-build:) 350 GM man for many, many years :)


  2. 5/24/2006 7:51:00 AM Submitted by Rock (12.5.207.254) from TX says Chevy 350
    No doubt about it.


  3. 5/24/2006 8:53:00 AM Submitted by Allen (199.209.144.202) from AL says 350 #1
    #2 would be the ol 4.3 that was but in all the old S-10's and S-15's


  4. 5/24/2006 9:56:00 AM Submitted by Steve (205.162.157.2) from IN says "best"
    The GM "small block" is certainly the most popular engine of all time. The best would probably have to be out of one of the high end performance cars, Porsche (flat 6 or the V-10 in the Carrera GT) Ferrari (any) BMW or Mercedes, etc., etc.


  5. 5/24/2006 9:58:00 AM Submitted by Ron1 from NC says It's the small block Chevy for sure
    no other engine in history has been used as long or gone thru so many changes and is still in such wide spread use in all types of transportation and marine applications.


  6. 5/24/2006 11:41:00 AM Submitted by RedAllison (24.176.108.134) from TN says You forgot the VW aircooled "beetle" motor...
    As many smallblock GM motors as there are, the numbers pale in comparison too the worldwide use and buildup of the aircooled VW. Think about it, besides being the longest running production model (from the late 20s until about 2000 in Mexico) the Beetle production numbers were in the 10s of millions and the engines were certainly more than that.

    Now that being said, I could absolutely care less about the German "peoples car" and as much as I love the smallblock GM I must admit that my FAVORITE engine series is the 2.5 series Mercury!!! :o) RA


  7. 5/24/2006 12:19:00 PM Submitted by Roby (65.71.126.43) from TX says Briggs and stratton
    I think Briggs and Stratton could give VW a run for their money.


  8. 5/24/2006 12:31:00 PM Submitted by Basslikethat (76.0.203.236) from NV says Finally Steve........................
    your on the right track!!! #1=350, #2 4.3 V-6, #3 that 300 straight-6 that Ford built. We had an old work truck with that Ford motor in it. That thing was a "HOSS"!!! Couldn't kill it. Now, when it comes to Outboards, can't go wrong with the 3.0 EFI Merc's. I run a 225, and it has been very reliable!!!! IMHO!!


  9. 5/24/2006 4:26:00 PM Submitted by Kurt (152.163.100.65) from NJ says Toyota
    22r 4cyl. period!


  10. 5/24/2006 5:12:00 PM Submitted by JohnM from KY says Here Steve I'll make your day & help stir :)
    REUTERS Published: July 4, 1990 LEAD: The Toyota Motor Corporation's Corolla has passed Ford's Model T to become the second best-selling car in history, with more than 15 million produced, a company spokesman said today.

    The Toyota Motor Corporation's Corolla has passed Ford's Model T to become the second best-selling car in history, with more than 15 million produced, a company spokesman said today.

    A total of 15,040,200 Corollas were made in the 23 years and six months that ended on June 30. That tops the 15,007,033 Model T cars made by the Ford Motor Company.

    Despite its simple styling, the Corolla, which has been redesigned a number of times, has been popular throughout the world for its practical appeal and fuel efficiency.

    A similar formula helped the Model T become a dominant car in its day. The sturdy black Ford was the standard American vehicle in the early days of automobiles and for many years held the title of best-seller. It was made for 19 years, from 1908 to 1927.

    The Volkswagen Beetle remains the best-selling vehicle of all time. Toyota noted that 20,751,070 Beetles were made in the 50-plus years since 1938. The Beetle is still produced in Mexico, but the cars are not sold in the United States.

    Toyota is Japan's leading car maker and the world's third biggest in sales after the General Motors Corporation and Ford.

    If you notice this was published in 1990, they are just now dipping to about 600 units a month. Give it time I bet it passes even the Beetle. Yoter makes one heck of a 4 banger! Flash to 2006 and now Toyota is poised to be the #1 seller in the world. Chevy, I'll take the 350 back in trucks over the 5.3 tomorrow.


  11. 5/24/2006 8:07:00 PM Submitted by BASSMAN IA. from IA says small block chebbies
    are tough to beat, from the 265 in the 55's 283's in the 57 and up to the 350's ------ they all could be a street rodders dream.

    BUT, the most DEPENDABLE engine that one could beat to death, run forever with little or no problems was the slant 6 Mopar had. Bought one for my kid when he was in H.S. It had over 200k on it and still ran like a top------- the body rusted away.


  12. 5/24/2006 8:45:00 PM Submitted by beartrap from GA says best towing engine
    that i ever owned was the 350 vortec...........would have to agree that Toyota 4 cylinder must be a tough engine.....you see those by the thousands in south america where the roads are mostly unpaved and so dusty that they put the air cleaner intake up on the roof of the vehicle.......


  13. 5/24/2006 9:05:00 PM Submitted by Cajunearbass (139.55.27.127) from KY says a little trivia
    a chevy 4.3 is actually a 350 with the back 2 cylinders chopped off. at one time everything on the front of the 350 ,water pump,alternator ,ac, ect would work on a 4.3 the only downside to a 4.3 was the rear main seal . they had a tendency to leak. best 350 was a 4 bolt main. had a 1978 model chevy heavy half that ran 280,000 miles . that is unbelievable for back then . best motors ever built.350 chevy. ford straight 6 300. dodge slant 6 . the 4.3 is a good motor except for the rear main.


  14. 5/24/2006 10:00:00 PM Submitted by Guy (68.32.47.250) from PA says Motors
    Chevy pre 1980 350 4bbl:Ford 302 (mexican block) Dodge 318 best off all Cummings turbo diesel(go ahead chevy Guys argue with me,I am a Gm and ASE certified master tech and Yes I drive a DODGE Truck!!:)If I would build a perfect Truck it would have a Cumminigs motor with a Allison Trans and Dana Diffs How's that for bieng Non biased!!


  15. 5/24/2006 10:02:00 PM Submitted by JohnM from KY says guys the slant 6 was a 225
    Another classic for sure. Nothing like nuetral dropping those little 6's for a little tire action LOL.


  16. 5/25/2006 12:04:00 AM Submitted by Tomcat (64.12.116.11) from KY says Without a doubt.....
    Chev 350 and Dodge slant six.


  17. 5/25/2006 8:14:00 AM Submitted by RobShaw from VA says Mopar 318
    Had a Road Runner a long time ago with a 318. Wish I still had it!


  18. 5/25/2006 12:42:00 PM Submitted by Gene Gauss (72.226.37.170) from NY says 350, 318, Slant 6, AMC 6 Cyl
    I've put many miles on each of the above, and would have a hard time turning any of them down. Except for the plastic timing sprocket, I'd have to give the (slight) edge to the Chev. 350. No one else has mentioned the AMC 6 cyl., but that engine went into service in the mid 50s, and I think can still be had in Jeeps. Had several that went over 200K. The Slant 6 was cheap, durable, and lovely to work on, but generally didn't make it much over 180K in my experience. The 318 had balls and really dug in. Still running one in a snow plow truck. Gene Gauss


  19. 5/25/2006 12:48:00 PM Submitted by Toonafish from GA says AMC straight six
    was indestructible! I should know. After my older brother drove the piss out of our Gremlin, the car was then handed down to me and I did the same thing. That six had some serious torque, but boy was that car Fugly!


  20. 5/25/2006 2:04:00 PM Submitted by jb (139.68.134.1) from MA says motors
    The small block Chevy gets my vote too. They are just great motors.

    Even though im not a Ford guy the Small block Ford Windsor(289,302,351w) motors were great too.


  21. 5/26/2006 11:55:00 PM Submitted by shelby (65.0.252.230) from SC says I gotta go with the six cylinders
    dodges slant 6 in the 70s was a great motor for sure. Chevy had a 250 straight six cylinder thats just as good as fords 300 straight six cylinder. Jeeps straight six cylinder is as good as any motor ever built. I say six cylinder all the way.

    The 350s are good engines, its not that they didn't have problems though, its just that they are easy to fix and fix cheaply. I know of many many 350 engines thats spewed smoke and oil either from a back main or a total blow up. So I vote for the straight six's and that dodge/plymouth slant six in them old valiants and swingers.

    I think chevys powereglide 2 speed tranny from years gone by was the best tranny ever built as well. I saw a chevy nova with a 250 straight six attached to a 2 speed powerglide tranny hand a vette its lunch up till about 60 miles per hour back in the mid 80s. I'll never forget it.


  22. 5/31/2006 8:08:00 AM Submitted by Chevymon (198.97.67.56) from OH says Shelby Shelby Shelby.....
    Now you know it's how the motor is put together:)

    So it looks as though the 350 is it:)

    I will agree the older straight and slant 6'ers are tough to beat.


  23. 5/31/2006 3:36:00 PM Submitted by boatinpete (24.169.123.145) from NY says 22r
    engine of all time,Toyota 22r.oh yea,just check put CNN they are on every day,Arab dude told me in his country they easily last 500,00 miles.


  24. 5/31/2006 6:38:00 PM Submitted by Cajunearbass (139.55.26.254) from KY says yeah pete
    but them arabs have plenty of oil and they can run premium gas and change the oil every 1000 miles.


  25. 6/2/2006 5:44:00 PM Submitted by Ed (128.23.95.239) from SC says best engine of all time
    I enjoy reading everyone's lists.

    Best engine of all time: Saturn V moon rocket. That baby had some horsepower.

    My best car engine votes: 1. slant six 2. small block Chevy 3. AMC/Jeep 4 liter straight six


  26. 6/3/2006 2:19:00 AM Submitted by Steve P. from FL says OK, I have an addition!!!
    86 to 89 Honda Fourtrax 250 R motor. Counterbalanced version of the CR 250 motor.

    250CC case reed inducted, single cylinder, liquid cooled 2 stroke.

    Fast, easy/cheap to modify/repair, and when set up right, will still put a hurting on the new big bore Titanium valved four strokes of today.

    Long live the 2 stroke!!!


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