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Old April 9th, 2009, 7:53 AM
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On tv shows i can hear, this car got a V8 big block o V8 small block, but i don't know what is the diferece, because for me an V8 always is a big block. Can someone explain this??
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Its the size and shape of the block. To boggle your mind even more, there were raised block, short block, and long block as well.

Small Block: The smaller of a manufacturers two series of engines:
Small block includes the 262, 265, 267, 283, 302, 305, 307, 327, 350, and 400.

Big Block: The larger of a manufacturers two series of engines.
In the case of Chevy, the 366, 396, 402, 427, and 454.
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Ok, thank you evans for you answer.

the last year when i travel to USA, i buy a magazine called super chevy (No. of july 2008) , i can see in there a lot of accesories for the V6 and V8 engines, but i can't see accesories, for smaller engines like mine (4 cylinders in line 2.0L ), someone know some manufacturers make engine accessories such as mine?
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"Small block" usually refers to engines used in cars or light trucks, or for light industrial applications. The block is literally smaller, with the cylinder bores being proportionately generally larger in contrast to block size.

"Large blocks" are usually manufactured for use in trucks, and they tend to have a bigger, heavier block, and the cylinders have many times been sized down to fit a manufacturer's needs. This could be merely to satisfy a contract without ordering or manufacturing any more small blocks, or in many cases, to provide the consumer with a base engine which they can modify to more brawny horsepower, without removing or changing the core engine.

If you google your parts request, you'll find more manufacturers are now catering to smaller vehicle needs, it's an explosively expanding market. Some of the new muscle cars are Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.

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Great explanation, thank you rivereye. Later than read this, i'm thinking about, if you got a sport car ,what is the best option for customized your car, mount a small block into the car or mount a large block?

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Some of the new muscle cars are Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.
Yes, that is a madness, for me a muscle car must be a 100% american car and too must got a V8 engine.

An muscle car must got .- 1 an great engine sound
2 an huge torque ( the wheels must slip with a low RPM level)
3 must be a RWD

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Modern day muscle is not found in Toyota, Honda, or anything else. Not in my opinion anyway.
Its gotta be American and its gotta be a V8.
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I hear ya, but you might just be surprised when that FWD Sentra or Celica's kicking out 400HP.

They're out there, but my point is if you look around, you can find those who not only cater to the smaller car market, but won't just say "We don't stock that." and let it drop.
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Yes rivereye, i understand you. Today the smaller cars too got a lot of hp
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Theres few import tuners that impress me.

Exceptions to my opinions on imports include the following.
The late 80's model Twin Turbo Supras are on my list of favorite cars. The newer model Supras can make as much power as the block can withstand.

I was kinda amazed by Subaru as well. Its one of the only Japanese makes that I consider as high-quality. The horizontally opposed engine is unique to-be-sure.
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And the 4WD of subaru too is a high quality system. i think the higest quality in engines are the germans cars (Porsche, Mercedes, Audi) and some english (Lotus, Aston Martin,TVR), but in comparaison with the japans or americans cars they are most expensive.
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