big-block engine

A large V-8 engine produced in the '60s and '70s. It typically has a cast-iron block and head and is fed by a carburetor. Contrasts with small-block engine. Although both engines were of the same displacement, the big-block engine was larger in overall size than the small-block engine. Thus, as vehicles grew smaller and more equipment was stuffed into the engine bay, the small-block engine was favored over its larger brother.

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  • Chevrolet Big-Block engine — The Chevrolet big block is a series of large displacement V8 engines that were developed in the USA during the 1950s and 1960s. As American automobiles grew in size and weight following the Second World War the engines powering them had to keep… …   Wikipedia

  • big-block — See big block engine …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • small-block engine — During the 60s and 70s, GM, Ford, and Chrysler made two types of V8 engines of the same displacement: e.g., 350 cu. in. small block and 350 cu. in. big block. The small block engine was an enlarged smaller displacement engine (e.g., GM enlarged… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • long block engine — An engine with a relatively long crankshaft. The opposite is short block engine. Also compare big block engine. Normally, the term long block engine means a 6 cylinder in line engine which has a longer block than a 4 cylinder or V 8 engine …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Chevrolet small-block engine table — Engine Horsepower Torque (lb. ft.) Redline Displacement (L / cu in) Fuel Bores Stroke Compression Ratio MPG City / Hwy / Combined LS7 505 @ 6200 475 @ 4800 7000 7.0 91 4.125 4.00 11.0:1 LS2 400 @ 6000 400 @ 4400 …   Wikipedia

  • Chevrolet Small-Block engine — IntroductionChevrolet s small block V8 is a famous automobile engine. Nicknamed mouse motor [http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/302 small block chevy engine build/index.html Hot Rod Magazine. 302 Small Block Chevy Engine Build Mighty (Efficient)… …   Wikipedia

  • Chevrolet small-block engine — Chevrolet Small Block V8 engine Manufacturer: General Motors Production: 1955–2003 Successors: GM LT engine, GM LS engine Type: small block V8 265 Produ …   Wikipedia

  • Ford Y-block engine — Infobox Automobile engine name=Ford Y block V8 manufacturer=Ford Motor Company production=1954 ndash;1964 predecessor=Ford L Head engine successor=Ford FE engine Ford Windsor engine Ford 335 Cleveland V8 class=Small block OHV V8 similar=Chevrolet …   Wikipedia

  • Chevrolet small-block engine — Le small block Chevrolet est une famille de moteurs V8 construits par General Motors de 1955 à 1998. Le premier V8 de cette famille est un 4.3L fait pour la Corvette. Le moteur small block sera remplacé dans les années 1990 par les V8 LT, puis LS …   Wikipédia en Français

  • engine — A device for changing fuel energy to mechanical energy. The term applies to the primary source of power generation. In Britain there is a desire to make a clear distinction between engine and motor so that motor refers only to electric power… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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