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    I have often thought the LS motor is to small block Chevys as to what the small block Chevys were to the flat head Fords. Of course the flat head Fords were long before my time but it seems like it is commonplace to replace everything with an LS anymore because of efficiency of the motor. It seems as though Ford's Coyote engine and the Dodge Hemi cannot quite grab the popularity of the LS. Even with all that being said, I'm actually pretty excited to have a Dodge motor in my 48 Dodge pickup, not because I'm a purest, mainly because I've never had a non-Hemi Dodge engine before.
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    Good info Jim appreciate the history of rodding too. If I had to start over on my 48 Ford knowing what I have learned here over the last decade or so, I would have bought a engineered rolling chassis, and put a 302(5lt) ford in. Would have been a much better choice than keeping the heavy weight 460 in there plus a manual transmission and not the c6 auto. That being said I'm still happy that I did what I did, because it gave me the opportunity to meet this group of folks like you and Mike and Dave and I told you so miss him!
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    A little personal history - About 30 years ago I bought a 1979 Ford pickup from a farmer which had a blown up engine. I put a a Chevy 350 in it, and had “Powered by Chevrolet” lettered on the tailgate. It was my daily driver for about five years. That truck was the source of many conversations, debates, and good natured ribbing. People would pull up next to me at stops lights and say “That’s the best Ford ever!” or “That’s a terrible thing to do!”. That’s why I wanted to do it again with this truck.

    I actually considered putting a flathead Ford engine in this thing, but when I checked into the prices of those things today, I quickly changed my mind. Like Jim, I’m super familiar with small block Chevys, because I raced them for many years. And I came across a really good deal on one, so that settled that. I would have gladly used something “unusual” like an Oldsmobile, or Ford or whatever if I had stumbled across a good deal on one.

    From what I’ve seen, It seems like LS engines are definitely the way of the future, but it seems like aftermarket parts for them are still a bit pricy. I’m guessing that will change a lot over the next ten years, as the aftermarket manufacturers start competing more for that market.

    I’m a little surprised that the oval track racers have not really started switching over to LS engines yet. It seems to me that it’s time for them to start doing that.
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    In my opinion, it's a matter of time before the LS engine becomes the dominant choice. As old dinosaurs like me die off and the younger folks who understand all the electronics involved replace us, the LS will supplant the old small block. It's lighter, stronger, and capable of more power. Hot Rod Magazine did a series of builds on some LS engines a while back and the results were astounding. The last one I read, if I remember correctly, they took the LS out of a junkyard pickup truck that had over 100,000 miles on it. They tore it down, re-gapped the rings and put it back together. They changed the camshaft and added twin turbochargers. The first run on the dyno, with mild settings of ignition and cam timing and moderate boost from the turbos, was over 600 hp. They said at those settings that engine would have lived another 80 to 100K miles, but... The object of the project was to see how far they could push it. They kept boosting all the parameters and settings - finally, at something over 1400 hp, it scattered its guts all over the dyno room! A stock bottom end that can stand that kind of punishment is hard to argue with...
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    Yep, it's hard to argue with that motor. I belong to a Trans am club, and a guy and there has a 150k ish 5.3 that he has 497 HP at the wheels, That's with 150 HP shot of nitrous but still impressive that a motor like that can take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnboy View Post
    When driving the Cobra in the rain it's alright if you're driving into the rain, as it goes over the top of your head.
    Different story if you're driving with the weather; you get wetter than a wet thing in water.
    But even when driving into the rain it tracks around the edge of the windscreen, down your leg, and fills your boot.
    I remember driving through the Awakino Gorge in rain some years back, stopped to gas up at Otorohonga, got out of the car on the forecourt, took my boot off, and poured the water out.
    The forecourt attendant took one look at this unsmiling long-haired leather-clad hot-rodder, clapped her hand over her mouth, and headed for the back of the shop with her shoulders shaking.
    The lengths I go to to amuse people.
    jb, your story took me back to 2014 when Susan & I visited NZ, and you'd registered us for your NZ NSRA annual gathering. Lots of good cars, even more great people, and a different approach to NSRA than we have! But the thing that your story brought back was the last day, when we awoke to a steady, heavy rain, and folks were packing up after breakfast to head home. One was this Cobra, sans top! Now in this picture the owner is bundled up for the brisk temperatures, but that morning he and his wife had matching insulated rain suits, complete with tight hoods, goggles and built in communications! I wish I'd gotten a picture of them as they headed out!

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    That's 'RJ' Frampton. He's still got that car, but he's traded his missus in for a newer model.
    He's one of the funniest (as in humour,) guys I know. He'll pass some innocuous comment completely deadpan, it takes a second or two for it to sink in; and you whistle around and say "What did you just say?" when you realise that it's the most outrageous thing you've ever heard.
    What we Kiwis call a real hard-case bastard.
    I've known the man thirty years; and still don't know what the 'RJ' means or stands for.

    (Sorry about the hijack...blame Roger...he made me do it...)

    (...and that car too is a Berry and Chung kitset...)
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    Lol, I just now saw these last two comments. Never apologize for hijacking my thread. It’s all part of the fun!
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