Posts Tagged ‘little 409’

Rear Seat Pans installation on the “Muscle Car TV” ’61 Chevy – Red Sled

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The ’61 Chevrolet was unique among cars of its era, an unmistakable shape that was different from other offerings of the time and a complete change over from the ’59-60 Chevy that preceded it. The first of the 409-equipped Chevrolets, it was instantly embraced for its novelty and speed. Fans lusted for power enhancing pieces to make it faster and cooler. (more…)

The W Returns – Building a Chevy 409-CID “W” engine

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

In 1961, Chevrolet introduced the new “W” engine, an enlarged and truly performance version of the 348-CID engine that had gone before. The 409 was the stuff of legends and was available in big bodied Chevys from 1961 through early 1965 when it was replaced by the first of the Mark IV big-blocks. Immortalized by the Beach Boys, who created the song “409” to sing its praises, the 409 was true to the hype of the car offered in a number of horsepower levels and with camshafts and carburetors appropriate for the ponies it generated. (more…)