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#13 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [joe29001]
Oct 22, 2008 (2:39 am)
I answered the 348 question correctly, purely on a hunch. They had already showed a 409 in an earlier question, and at first that one looked like another 409. So I figured it must be a trick question, and 348 was one of the answers, so I picked it.
#14 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 22, 2008 (2:13 pm)
Not very attractive? Blend together?
It's hard to believe, really. These engines (IMHO) have far more style than any OHC 4 cylinder covered in plastic.
If the quiz included a bunch of modern powerplants, I think we'd see that (much like the cars) they all look quite similar, so much that (like the cars) they'd be hard to identify.
#15 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [joe29001]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2008 (3:39 pm)
I didn't say plastic covered engines were attractive either. American V8s look like something out of a tractor to me. Very heavy, crude castings, wiring, hoses, cabling all askew, etc. I mean, they GET THE JOB DONE, don't get me wrong, but compared to engines of that era from around the world, they seem like clumps of iron to me anyway.
#16 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [joe29001]
Oct 22, 2008 (5:03 pm)
I guess my problem is, I remember hemis, small and big block Chevys, the 409/348, and a couple of Fords, but the buick/olds/pontiacs all blend together (ignoring the paint job).
#17 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [texases]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2008 (5:29 pm)
When you're pumping out millions of engines, you don't have much time for artwork. I can't recall a truly beautiful American engine of any kind since the 1930s. I mean, you can glitz them up with chrome nuts and paint 'em pretty colors but the shapes and forms are pretty agricultural. Even a Packard straight-8 is like a log of iron. Maybe some of the Ford overhead cammers aren't too bad.
#18 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 23, 2008 (4:14 am)
I actually enjoy looking at agricultural engines (the old ones, anyways). Perhaps that's why I like these engines.
#19 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [texases]
Oct 23, 2008 (4:37 am)
but the buick/olds/pontiacs all blend together
there's a couple tricks I learned with these engines, although it may not apply to older ones. For one, Buick engines tend to have the distributor up front. Olds and Pontiac engines have it in the back. The Olds V-8 has a really tall oil filler tube mounted at the front of the engine, making it easy to add oil, while the Pontiac's oil filler is in the valve cover. The Pontiac V-8 also has a reaaaally long upper radiator hose.
One thing I can't remember...back when they used to paint the engines different colors, what color were the Olds engines? I remember Chevy engines being sort of an orange-red, Buicks more of a blood-red, and Pontiacs being light blue. I can't recall the Olds color, though. I guess at some point in the 70's they all just went to black, which is what my '76 LeMans 350 is.
#20 of 32 Re: Take The American Engine Quiz! [andre1969]
Oct 23, 2008 (4:47 am)
Buick distributors weren't always in the front. Check the nailhead in this quiz. Only the 'modern' Buick V-8s and the older small V-8s (215, 300) had the distributor up front.
Olds engines have been red, blue, green, different shades of gold, black. They've been lots of colors, depending on the model and vintage. Most-recently they've been black and corporate blue. Before that they were gold (small blocks) and blue metallic (big blocks). Before that they were red, bronze, green, among other colors.
Oct 23, 2008 (6:26 am)
Yikes 15/17 (winning coin flip on 348/409) Talk about a hed full of useless knowledge!
Oct 23, 2008 (7:28 am)
Who knows? It might turn into a survival skill someday.
"We could get off this island if someone knew the difference between the 348 and 409 engines in our boat!!"