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Old 09-29-2004, 08:59 PM
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v8 vs I6

Im just courious over this. I always see the flathead v8 engines being built and never the I6 engines, and im talking about the 1948-53 style. Theres only a difference of about 20 cubic inches between the 2, the v8 obviously the bigger engine. It just seems to me that the I6 would get some attention. It has 1 more main cap than the v8 does giving it a stonger bottom end than the v8. Does anyone know why these are never hot rodded? Am I missing some obvious detail like the crankshaft being weak or something? I have a 1946 ford pickup which I plan to build a flathead motor for, and the thoughts of a supercharged I6 just seems like a different approach. I got a 239 v8 from a 1950 I could build but the I6 just seems to be a better motor. What do you guys think, the I6 just not worth it for some little reason i'm overlooking?
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The reason may be as simple as the availibility of parts. Stock and hop-up V8 parts are available new, NOS and used from many dealers, hotrod shops and Ebay. The six is a great engine, or so I have been told, but parts are harder to come across. ...Terry
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