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    Older engines

    I'm currently just lurking out here reading the boards and doing some dreaming. I'm interested in the '35 truck but thought I would ask this question, what is the oldest engine that someone has used in one the '33 kits? I want to use an older 289 block with a c4, the only reason I would use this combo is I already have a short block.
    Just curious, lets see some pics of any older or unique engines.

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    The 289 is a standard Windsor SBF, so as far as the chassis is concerned no different than any other Windsor up to a 5.0 (pushrod). The C4 will fit fine - it's pretty small - but you will probably need a custom driveshaft.

    I've considered this combo as I have it too, out of my Dads '66 Mustang.
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    I have seen photos of one Hot Rod running an old Flathead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwheels View Post
    I'm currently just lurking out here reading the boards and doing some dreaming. I'm interested in the '35 truck but thought I would ask this question, what is the oldest engine that someone has used in one the '33 kits? I want to use an older 289 block with a c4, the only reason I would use this combo is I already have a short block.
    Just curious, lets see some pics of any older or unique engines.
    I am currently building a 33 using a 1964 Chevy 283 block as the basis for my car. In New Mexico the county surrounding Albuquerque has emission testing, however anything older than 35 years is exempt, hence the '64. They verify this by inspecting the block casting number and using the latest year that casting number was last used, my number being in 1967. This is what I had lying around, the block having been in my extended family since new. One advantage to this smaller envelope is the amount of clearance I have between the rear of the engine and the firewall. My engine makes 337 HP and 326 lbs ft, all in by 5700 RPM. I have 80's Corvette aluminum heads a retro fit hydraulic roller cam with just a 580 cfm carb. This allows for excellent packaging using a GM 700R4 tranny.
    Steve

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    We don't have emission testing in Iowa, the only reason for the 289 is because I already have it and to save money. Finding parts for the SBF is pretty easy and fairly cheep, besides I like the look of the older engines, going to use the original color, black block and gold valve covers and air cleaner. But I understand the reasoning behind the older block in your case in NM. Nice to see not everybody is spending lots of money on these Hod Rods, although it would be nice if I could.

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