: Favorite Engines of all time?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-14-05, 09:14 PM
What do you guys think are the best engines of all time? What are your favorites and why?

I like the:
-Cadillac 4.9 Liter
-Chevy 350 LT1
-Nissan 3.0 and 3.5 V6
-Northstar 4.0 or 4.6
-3800 (what part of GM makes this? Buick?)
-these are what I've driven-

-I haven't driven these, but I like em
-Nissan 5.6L V8
-Cadillac 500 V8
-Cadillac 425 and 472 V8
-Ford 302
-BMW 4.4 Liter V8
-Audi 4.2 Liter V8

etc etc etc

mccombie_5
11-14-05, 09:19 PM
Northstar 4.6

Mercedes Benz 6.0 V12
Mercedes Benz 5.0 V12
BMW 4.4
BMW 3.0d
Rover 3500
Jaguar 3800
Jaguar 4200
Jaguar V12
Jaguar 4.2 V8
Bentley 6.75 V8
VW W12
VW 3.0 TDI
GM 5.7 (LT1?)
GM 6.0 (Vortex?)

Stoneage_Caddy
11-14-05, 09:46 PM
reliability? longevity?

best engines ...i mean you ask me that and i need more info ....

Absolute Best engine EVER .....1974 Drake/Offenhouser 158 Inch 4 cyl , 1,000+ hp at 10,000 RPM ....well and Miller/Drake/Offy engine ....there is no beatter engine..... perioid ..that was the last of them , the engine ran 57 years compeditively , started out life as a boat engine ...
(miller 91cid pictured)
http://www.milleroffy.com/miller_91_engine_and_tranny_side2_web.jpg

Pratt and Whitney j57 is still one of the tops in engines in general ...in my book ...

Cummins 5.9

Cummins ntc-400

Detroit 6V71

Small Block chevy , any inch any year ...

3.8 Buick

The cadillac 425/472/500 engines are up there ...

Ford SHOC 427 from the 60s

3.8 Jag

13b Mazda Rotary

sr20de Nissan

Kev
11-14-05, 09:50 PM
Without doubt, the two famous Chevy small blocks, 327 and 350. The four bolt main blocks were the strongest of them and the favorites of hot-rodders. The 'fulie' heads were great for stock performance and awesome under the tools of a good machinist. Best bang for the buck for a couple of decades.
Still brilliant condenders in street performance.

Kev
11-14-05, 09:52 PM
Second to them in my opinion would have to be the Ford 5.0 HO especially the 1988. Lots of aftermarket goodies for improvement too.

addison_ii
11-14-05, 09:58 PM
NorthStar 4.6
Buick 3800
Chevy SB
Cadillac 425,472, and 500
Ford 302 (5.0)
Olds 403
LT1
454
and the a few others I haven't driven but have heard good things about.

ben72227
11-14-05, 11:37 PM
Honda K or J engine, they are both great engines, from the greatest engine company in the world.

Also, the Northstar, that new rotary that mazda has, renesis? i think?, chevy small block, tons more that i can't think of...

90Brougham350
11-15-05, 12:03 AM
I'm a fan of the Buick Nailhead. Nothing like gobs of low-end torque from something that isn't a 500, lol.

http://hhscott.com/evinrude/images/nailhead.jpg

Spyder
11-15-05, 04:52 AM
Dodge 383, 340 6pk, 318, slant six...Bulletproof and hot damn, they had POWER! :D

Krashed989
11-15-05, 04:59 AM
The two 30,000hp engines down where my dad works, that are supplying power to my hometown.

fast66
11-15-05, 05:03 AM
I cant believe no one has mentioned this

The previous mclaren's BMW v-12
now that is a beautiful engine that sounds ......droooling.....
my favorite..
http://www.bmwworld.com/engines/12cyl.htm
The McLaren set the world speed record of 240.1 mph for the fastest production car in March 1998
680hp

davesdeville
11-15-05, 05:33 AM
500/472
Northstar in all forms (L37,LD8, SC, xv12, xv16, Aurora, Shortstar)
LS1, LS7
4.6 modular 4v & SC
460

Lycoming IO360
Rotax 477es
Pratt & Whitney F119 (F-22) w/supercruise

RobertCTS
11-15-05, 06:56 AM
Hey, it's a Cadillac Forum..I'm going with the 1.000HP V16 Cadillac::cool2:
http://usera.imagecave.com/BobsWork/cadillacsixteen03_engine.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-15-05, 11:30 AM
Hey, it's a Cadillac Forum..I'm going with the 1.000HP V16 Cadillac::cool2:
http://usera.imagecave.com/BobsWork/cadillacsixteen03_engine.jpg

I can't believe we forgot that one! I mean who wouldn't like a car with 16 cylinders???

RobertCTS
11-15-05, 11:49 AM
I can't believe we forgot that one! I mean who wouldn't like a car with 16 cylinders???

It's a beautiful engine too. I love those headers. Can an engine be sexy?:D

How about the sexy wrapper it comes in!

http://usera.imagecave.com/BobsWork/03_cad_sixteen1.jpg

Fleet
11-15-05, 05:19 PM
My favorites:
For reliability...
Cadillac 472 and 500
Mopar 225 slant six
Mopar 318
Mopar 340
Mopar 440
Chevy 327
Ford 289
'51-'58 Mopar Hemi

For power...
Mopar 426-Hemi
Mopar 440-Magnum, 4-bbl and 6-bbl
Mopar 392-Hemi ('57-'58)
Chevy 396
Chevy 427
Ford 427
Buick 455 Stage 1
Oldsmobile 455 W-30
Pontiac 400 Ram Air IV
Cadillac 472 ('68-'70); 500 ('70)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-15-05, 05:27 PM
Heres a good looking engine, but dont hate me, it's in a FORD:nono:
http://i9.ebayimg.com/04/a/05/48/2c/72_1.JPG


The Yamaha built 3.2 DOHC V6 used in the 92-95 SHO!!
I like the way the intake piping is done!

Dadillac
11-15-05, 05:29 PM
Two all time favorites are the Ford 302, and the Mopar 426 Hemi. I now have a third, in the Northstar. This engine is smooth and powerful. I look forward to many many more miles from it.

Don

Kev
11-15-05, 05:36 PM
There is something warmly nostalgic about a “Pre-War Willys” with a blown 426 HEMI…… *sigh*

RobertCTS
11-15-05, 05:50 PM
Heres a good looking engine, but dont hate me, it's in a FORD:nono:
http://i9.ebayimg.com/04/a/05/48/2c/72_1.JPG


The Yamaha built 3.2 DOHC V6 used in the 92-95 SHO!!
I like the way the intake piping is done!

To bad it got wasted on a FWD Tarus.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-15-05, 06:24 PM
LOL!
Some might say that car is somewhat of a precursor to the CTS's:eek:

Spyder
11-15-05, 06:57 PM
Ahhhh...Hemi... although the hemi is a legend, the wedge is much cheaper and easier to get real power out of...which is not to say that I wouldn't rather have an original hemi satellite than a four fourty just about anything...

keeksv
11-15-05, 07:58 PM
Heres a good looking engine, but dont hate me, it's in a FORD:nono:
The Yamaha built 3.2 DOHC V6 used in the 92-95 SHO!!
I like the way the intake piping is done!

Yup, mom had a SHO...loved that car/engine.

Then she got an Olds with the 3800 in it, and I forgot about Ferd.

All time favorite is Chevy LT-1.

So THIS is the Lounge, eh?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-15-05, 08:59 PM
Then she got an Olds with the 3800 in it, and I forgot about Ford.


What about the 3800 made you forget about the Yamaha V6? The Yamaha V6 is a LOT more high performance, and its more of a "rev happy" motor. But I would guess the 3800 would get better mileage, and its more reliable and less finicky.

keeksv
11-15-05, 09:06 PM
What about the 3800 made you forget about the Yamaha V6? The Yamaha V6 is a LOT more high performance, and its more of a "rev happy" motor. But I would guess the 3800 would get better mileage, and its more reliable and less finicky.

You got it, and it (3800) was easier to get past emissions testing when older....the problem with the Olds was the transmission...:( The Yamaha would have been a real riot if supercharged:lildevil:

thu
11-15-05, 09:16 PM
400 small block in my old 1967 Pontiac Ventura that used to be my Dad's
2.4L Nissan Z in my 1984 King Cab 4x4 - keeps going and going and going
4.9L Caddy. Very reliable, trouble-free - 298,000 miles and still going
7.3L Ford/International Powerstroke diesel. Engine alone weighs 1000 pounds.

4.6L N* is fast becoming another favorite.

TeagueJT81
11-15-05, 10:13 PM
My picks...

My personal favorite is the 500. It's very smooth, powerful, reliable, and gets pretty decent gas mileage for such a large engine. I hear the 472 and 425 were about the same. I have an 8-6-4 368 that doesn't work most of the time but it's a good ride when it runs. I like the 4.9 a lot, too.

The Ford 351 Cleveland is a great engine for power, but it's finicky, and the throttle cable a friend of mine's '71 Torino likes to get snagged on the intake manifold and hold the gas to the floor.

The 454 is another great one if all you want is raw power. Look at an old FWD Toronado.

If I had to pick a small engine, I'd go with the Honda B18. Every ricer I know who has any real power has one, and they're fairly reliable unless it's not the car's original.

- Joe

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-15-05, 11:50 PM
The 454 is another great one if all you want is raw power. Look at an old FWD Toronado.

- Joe

Thats the Olds 455 that was used in the Toronado, the Chevy 454 was only used in Chevys if I'm correct.

davesdeville
11-16-05, 02:53 AM
Heres a good looking engine, but dont hate me, it's in a FORD:nono:
http://i9.ebayimg.com/04/a/05/48/2c/72_1.JPG


The Yamaha built 3.2 DOHC V6 used in the 92-95 SHO!!
I like the way the intake piping is done!

I didn't forget the v16 but somehow I forgot the SHO motor. The 3.0 is as good as the 3.2 and IIRC the 3.2 was only used in automatics so the 3.0/5MT is a better combo. It's what's in my parents 92 SHO (which I drive a lot. Not because it's better than my ETC but because THEY pay for gas in the SHO.)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-16-05, 12:19 PM
yup yup, I found this pic from an automatic 3.2 SHO on ebay.

Davesdeville, Is that SHO quicker than your ETC?

Fleet
11-16-05, 07:29 PM
Thats the Olds 455 that was used in the Toronado, the Chevy 454 was only used in Chevys if I'm correct.
You're correct... only the Chevys got 454s.
And I forgot to add it to my list (under "for power"):
1970 454 LS6 (450 hp).

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-16-05, 08:02 PM
It's wierd to note that the Big GM motors all died in '76. The 454,455,500; but that makes sense considering all the gigantic cars died in '76 too. Then the "secondary" large motors too over in '77; the 400,403,425. But Ford and Mopar kept their big blocks until atleast '79, when Mopar killed the 440, and If I remember correctly, the Ford 460 was used up until '92 or '93 in the F350.

90Brougham350
11-16-05, 10:20 PM
No need to keep the big blocks around any longer. Cars were getting smaller, and engines were getting more efficient, not to mention Americans weren't enjoying getting single-digit fuel economy with the price of gas through the roof. However, the fact they died out makes them even more special today. When you can say you have a '70 LS6, that means something a little different than an '03.

Kev
11-16-05, 11:58 PM
It's wierd to note that the Big GM motors all died in '76. The 454,455,500; but that makes sense considering all the gigantic cars died in '76 too. Then the "secondary" large motors too over in '77; the 400,403,425. But Ford and Mopar kept their big blocks until atleast '79, when Mopar killed the 440, and If I remember correctly, the Ford 460 was used up until '92 or '93 in the F350.My guess is that government fuel efficiency standards are the reason they went away. Trucks and commercial vehicles over a certain weight class typically have had lower standards and have been able (and need) to keep larger displacement engines as a result. That is why Dodge came out with the 'Lil Red Wagon' in 1979 with a 440. That was the only way to get around the EPA guidlines and have a hotrod of sorts.
http://www.hubcapcafe.com/i/2001/cars4kids/dodg7901.JPG

davesdeville
11-18-05, 03:30 AM
yup yup, I found this pic from an automatic 3.2 SHO on ebay.

Davesdeville, Is that SHO quicker than your ETC?

Hell no. My friend who owned it before is bad with a manual so I'd always put an easy 6 cars on him by 80mph. When I drove it and he drove my ETC it was more like 4. Still a fun car to drive, and I drive it to keep my manual practice up.