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SB (nothing against the Olds V8. Several of my drag racing customers still run it)(but it ain't now, never was, never will be no small block Chevy)

When I rebuilt and converted the small block Olds engine, I didn't see a whole lot of top end alternatives available. GM and aftermarket companies have focused a LOT more on flowing the top end of the small block Chevy engine, and there are quite certainly a LOT more alternative low end bores and strokes available in the Chevy small block than GM has ever and probably will ever commit to in another product line. Some small block Chevy engines don't impress me very much, at all - The 307's lazy long stroke and small cylinder size, perhaps, in particular.

The Olds engine I converted and rebuilt was in a 1979 Olds Cutlass Salon 4 dr sedan - One of the ugliest cars I have ever owned - but I liked the sound qualities with the added insulation to damper the original diesel engine's clatter. In converting and rebuilding the engine, the only change I made, other than having the cylinders re-bored .030 over, from a stock engine was installing an Isky high energy camshaft... I messed, a little, with the stock Rochester 500, or so, CFM carb, but not all that much. I beat a Corvette with it. The guy asked me what the heck I had in the car... I told him "diesel" (I left the diesel moldings on the car) ~ ~ must have been a really lame Corvette.

I do like many of Chevy's small and and (some) large block engines... You CAN do a LOT with them.
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