Originally Posted by 73falcongt
Maybe not even a race engine, as I want it to be for the street mainly. Thing is, I've had a few people tell me that 460's are mainly for commercial cars and trucks etc. and I'd be better off going a 351, pfffft, what do they know. Anyway it got me thinking, back in the day 460's weren't popular in race cars or performace muscle cars. When you look back at the shelby cobras, gt500's, chargers or whatever performance muscle car of that era, all the engines are generally the smaller big block engines ie, 429 SCJ, 426 hemi's, (can't remember what chev had). So why was this the case, and what advantages would I have in going a 460. If it's such a powerful or torqy engine why weren't they popular with the supercars.
Tell the knockers to drop dead. Big blocks are awsome, I have two. There is a very real difference in driveabilty too. The ONLY drawback of a bigblock concerns weight over the front end. You probably wouldn't want to be throwing the thing into corners as much as a small block.
I actually have 3 coupes, 2 big blocks and 1 small block. The small block makes well over 600 horsepower, requires a 5000 converter and real short gears. It needs a setup like that to get it off the line hard. It's fun to drive but an animal nonetheless.
The second coupe has an alloy headed big block making over 600 as well. Converter size is smaller and diff gearing is reduced. Far more enjoyable to drive than the similarly powered small block.
The third coupe is a mild 429. Awesome cruiser, runs very high 12's. The torque of a big block is something nobody will be able to put into words for you, you will need to drive one and see for yourself.
I've had 'em all, and I absolutely worship my alloy headed cleveo, but once you've driven a big block I'd be very surprised if you would want to go back to a small block.