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Sep 24, 1999 (2:58 pm)
My cousin use to have a 1964 Ford Fairlane with a
260 ci v8 engine. He rebuilt it himself and had
many years of reliable service from this car.
Was the 260 the smallest v8 engine to be available
in a production car?
Sep 24, 1999 (3:04 pm)
No. I'm not sure what the smallest actually was, but I had a 4.1 (250 cid) Cadillac once, it could hardly get out of its own way.
#3 of 24 bobs5
Sep 24, 1999 (3:24 pm)
Was it Cadillac which made the 4-6-8 engine. The one which would shut off cylinders to supposedly save gas?
Sep 24, 1999 (4:39 pm)
Oh, no, not the smallest by a longshot. The 53-56 Fiat 8V was 121 cid and in full production and in America, the early 50s Studebaker Bearcub V-8 was 232 cid. There's probably even a smaller one buried somewhere in history, but I've save that one for the historians who have the time to look!
Yes, Cadillac made the 4-6-8, and it was a disaster.
#5 of 24 not as small as the Fiat ....
Sep 24, 1999 (8:44 pm)
but, Ford had a 221 cid V-8 prior to the 260.
You're right about that Caddy experiment. Some thought it felt like a 2-4-6-8. Imagine that hog being pulled by 4 cylinders!
Sep 24, 1999 (9:35 pm)
Yes, that's right, a 221 cid V-8 in the Fairline in 1962 & 63.Fiat still gets the tiny V-8 trophy, but for mass-produced types American cars, the 221 is the smallest I've heard of so far. What were the first Ford flatheads back in the 30s? Can't recall offhand.
#7 of 24 Don't forget Buick
Sep 26, 1999 (8:11 pm)
In 1961-1963, Buick Specials came with a 215 Cubic Inch aluminum V-8.
The 2bbl version produced 155 HP, and the Skylarks had a 4bbl with a different cam that put out 185 HP. My parents bought one new and later gave it to me. It would smoke a 283 Chevy. Those Buicks came with the WORST automatic transmission ever built!
Trivia question...What was that transmission called?
Later, Buick sold the alumimum 215 V-8 to the British who used it in a number of applications including Land Rovers even still today, I think!
Sep 27, 1999 (5:02 am)
Oh, yes, of course, (slap on forehead) how could I have forgotten that one...the Buick 215....back then, it was a pretty lousy engine as I recall, overheated like mad. It certainly has become ubiquitous and a workhorse in its many new incarnations (it's not much what it used to be), but I personally wouldn't call it one of the best engines ever made by a long shot. The Range Rover hasn't proven to be a great success in the reliability or economy departments. But I always liked the concept of the small light V-8. Maserati V-8s were among my favorites...
Morgan uses that engine, too, in its new and improved form.
#10 of 24 Buick engines ........
Sep 27, 1999 (6:47 pm)
As I recall, Buick Specials were also equipped with V-6 engines. I remember when I first popped the hood and thought that there were two wires missing from the distributor cap! Those were the days we had SERVICE STATIONS, not gas stations.
Did GM also have different transmissions for their various divisions? I recall that the Hydra-matic was in the Olds and Pontiac lines.