The June '09 R&C showed up in the mail today, but I just couldn't devour it as usual. Here I go, flippin' through the pages, looking for the feature cars, before getting down to the serious reading. Yes, there's a way cool Olds, but wait, that's not a Rocket motor under the hood. Another Chevrolet small block. Oh well, next case. Ah yes, a '57 Ford wagon. That series Ford ('57,'58,'59)is as dear to my old eyes as the Tri-Fives are to the Chevy guys. NO, NO, NO, SAY IT AIN'T SO...another SBC in a Ford! Why? I just can not understand the concept of a Chevrolet engine in a '54 and newer Ford product. Most Ford engines, built before the modular series, are nearly boltins for these cars, and will provide as much power and dependability as any other powerplant.I realize that the featured wagon is super nice. If it was not, it would not have been included in the pages of R&C, but the drivetrain choice is an ABSOLUTE TURN OFF for me. If I spotted that car in a show somewhere, I would be drawn to it because of my love of the breed, but I would never know how nice it is if the hood was up. I would just keep my yap shut, grit my teeth, and walk away.R&C was the original purveyor of "Ford in a Ford", and thinking outside the box. With that said, It is disappointing that R&C has featured two '54 and newer Ford products with Chevy engines in the last three months.I will read the new issue, cover to cover, as usual...but it,s gonna be awhile.
I've been wondering about this myself... cost, availability, simplicity? I guess some people just don't feel strongly about it.I just went to a show out here on the West Coast and talked a couple who had just bought a completely restored mild custom '51 Ford Fordor. The hood was down, so I asked if it still had its flatty. "Yup", he replied "but we're going to put a 302 in it so we can take it on long drives with power steering and AC." I was a little disheartened. "A Ford 302, right?" I knew about the Chevy engine with the same displacement. "Of course!" he responded. Well, at least it was a Ford in a Ford.I'm partial to rods and customs that preserve some of the history of the vehicle. I have spent more money on my cars to that end and some may think that's foolish. I'm fine with that. I look at it the other way: putting a Ford nine inch in the rear - Chevy guys can't help themselves!
This will sound strange coming from me since I'm a die-hard Chevy fan. I wouldn't mind seeing a little diversity in power plants myself. For one thing, I will put a SBC in whatever I have, but don't like to be like everyone else. I have too many SBC parts laying around for me to go another route- well, I could but it would cost money. On the other hand, if someone is purchasing a crate engine or even a short block and have yet to install motor mounts, radiator, etc..., he (or she) still has the chance to be different. Reminds me of the early '80s driving my 1964 Impala 4 door station wagon. They weren't in style then- at least not around here. Sometime after that, they became "Cool". It took most all the fun out of mine. Way back then, only a few people would say "Cool Wagon". Most people had the attitude of "What idiot put custom wheels on a station wagon? It's even a 4 door. Then they would say in a negative way- I heard it even has a Holley and aluminum intake. It is quiet and idles smooth, though. Ahhh to be different. Ahhh the good ol' days. Oh no! My wife's calling me.
Well now, I've had a Ford engine in a Chev(Full race flathead in a 26 Chev touring car) a 318 Dodge in a '57 Studebaker Silver Hawk that I replaced with a 394 Olds, now have a '45 Ford w/Chev, '47 Ford w/Ford, '47 Ford truckster project with an Ecotec 4. Diversity?? or just what I have available???
Chevies are easy but if we wanted easy we would all drive stockers. Our engine stock pile has 425 nailhead buick, 289 ford, 5.0 fords, 400 SBC 350 SBC 5.0 SBC, 460 ford. Buick V6 , 53 Lincoln OHV. Ford ohv 6..... projects 40 chevy PU, 45 Chevy truck , 46 international PU, 40's International big army cab. 46 stude truck 29 nash roadsrter. Which engine for which project ??? decisions decisions