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Question of the Day: What's your favorite engine type?

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This morning's post about the rotary engine got me thinking: there are all sorts of engines out there. Big torquey V8s, small high-revving turbo-charged I4s, exotic powerful V12s, out-of-the-ordinary Wankels, and more. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, and they all have their own unique character.

For me, a naturally-aspirated flat-6 is the sweet spot. What about you?

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GoIndependent
May 7, 2008 at 12:34 pm
I shouldn't say scared of technoloy. It is more of a preference towards simplicity.
 
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GoIndependent
May 7, 2008 at 11:04 am
People tend to refer to what they are familiar with on here because the question is what is your favorite, not what is the best engine. Who can argue with your favorite? That is completely opinion and I am glad to see some diversity in the crowd. Although the people posting do seem to be a little bit scared of technology.
 
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Fezzik
May 7, 2008 at 10:20 am
I'm partial to the pontiac 389. It makes great power, good fuel economy, and I've found them to be very reliable and long lived.
 
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SINISTERGN
May 7, 2008 at 8:29 am
Any American made V8 with a nice came lope! That sound just raises the hair on the bck of my neck.
 
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mohrt
May 6, 2008 at 10:29 pm
Or the other way around... they are probably more familiar with them because they like them smile image
 
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JerryandMary
May 6, 2008 at 8:33 pm
It seems like for the most part people seem to like what they are the most familiar with. I think that likely goes for me too. Humbler likes what he is used to and like me does not want to use a computer to tune a ride.

mustang50dominates Likes Mustangs and of course the 302 was and is a great power plant.

Corvair Jim falls right inline with the "likes what he works on" the most.

LrngCrv likes the very practical newer engine. He likely has lots of practice working on them, and knows them backward and forward.

I think the big differences might be more related to what we are familiar with then anything else.

Just a thought,
Jerry
 
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humbler
May 6, 2008 at 7:29 pm
the pontiac V-8. i know its old school and not what you call the most popular. but most people dont know they are a torque monster and from 1964 to 1978 (1979 were 1978 leftovers) parts will interchange between all the engine sizes (expect for crank there are only 2 sizes and with a little work they can interchange). so you can stick parts off a 455 on a 326 if you wanted to. pontiac used the same block thru all those years just bored or stroked it. nothing wrong with modern small displacment engines (from V-8, V-6 and 4cyl) they are very efficent and make good horsepower and torque. but i guess i'm still old school. i dont have a PHD in computer sciences to tune a modern engine. i like a timing light and a screwdriver and a weekend in the driveway fine tuneing a pontiac V-8 and listening to her purr.
 
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tes
May 6, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Definately the 302 out of either a BOSS or a 79-93 Mustang. Fast, light, cheap to add turbos and s/c to and they last forever
 
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CorvairJim
May 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm
In my case it's got to be my Corvair's
flat-6. Parts are readily available, and everything is right there in front of you, so it's easy for a shade-tree mechanic like myself to do most things that it might need. Speed parts are available from several sources, and it responds well to them, as it has in my case. It's air cooled, so there's no radiator or hoses to worry about leaking, no water pump to fail. And if I can get almost 1.5 horsepower per naturally-aspirated, carbureted cubic inch delivered reliably to the road in a car that's driven like a car, not a weekend warrior, I think it's pretty hard to beat! (So do the dozen or so guys with their 5.0 Mustangs that I've shown my taillights to! rotfl image )
 
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LrngCrv
May 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm
Any modern OHV V8, they have a small engine size capable of large displacements, they are easy to work on and they have decent rev limits. If there is no restriction on the type of engine I could have in any situation it would be that.

For example, comparing a modern OHV V8 (GM LS motor) to a modern OHC V8 (Ford modular) the OHV has a smaller physical size, less weight, more displacement, more stock power, is much easier to work on and it has about the same rev limit.

Add FI and there is nothing better for the size, cost, reliability and power.
 

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