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I noticed that on a couple of gun forums that I belong to. It is annoying as hell.
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Look at what photobucket has done to my photo in the post above!   :023:
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on August 13, 2019, 10:26:40 AM »
My first Galaxie had a stock 289 2V (trust me, it wasn't in there very long) which produced 195 HP.


Today I have a new Ford Fusion 4cyl. with a 6 speed automatic trans which produces 175 HP! (almost the same HP with half the motor)  And........this is the 4cyl without the ECO-boost!  Valve timing is advanced and/or retarded VIA the computer with the changes being made separately for the intakes and exhaust.   In the old days valve timing was a compromise with both intake and exhaust being advanced or retarded on the same camshaft  When descending  a mountain (and there's plenty of them around here) the computer will see I'm not pressing on the accelerator and the car is gaining speed, at that point it will down-shift and engine brake the car!
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by TexasTechnician on August 12, 2019, 11:07:21 PM »
It's actually quite amazing how much HP the newer engines can produce.

Back in the early '80's I saw guys getting so much power from VW engines on their dirt dragsters that they would twist axle's if they weren't careful and they were not fuel injected in those days. Sometimes they shaved the fins on the tires so they didn't bite as much dirt when taking off. I guess it allowed the tires to spin just enough but still grip to launch.

But you have to keep in mind that whatever they were doing to those engines was for short runs like regular drag races. I'm sure they would have melted if you tried to run them on the streets.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by MacGyver on August 12, 2019, 09:08:33 PM »
Only down side is that back then nothing was complicated, today modifications aren't simple.

That's the truth.  Everything requires a computer chip. 
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by hbiss on August 12, 2019, 04:32:32 PM »
Sure, we've come a long way. Where in the 60's and 70's did you see electronic fuel injection? Today we have little 4 cyl engines with turbos as standard that rival small 8's.

Only down side is that back then nothing was complicated, today modifications aren't simple.

-Hal
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by telemarv on August 12, 2019, 02:06:14 PM »
It's actually quite amazing how much HP the newer engines can produce.

My nephew has a 2005 Mustang GT350 (289 V8). With a little modification he's getting over 500HP on the brake dyno. Does the 1/4 mile in just over 10 sec. In the 60s and 70s it took engines twice that size and 3x the fuel.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by hbiss on August 12, 2019, 01:33:34 PM »
When I think about those days and today I have to laugh. Kids today put loud mufflers and NOX injection on some shit box Nissan or BMW and think they have a hot car.

Probably got that way because those are the cars their parents drove.

-Hal
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I remember 3.1 kind of fondly really. It didn't do much but it did it very well!  :011: :011:
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The Phone Booth / Re: Who Said The V8 Engine Was Dead!
« Last post by MacGyver on August 11, 2019, 09:55:43 PM »
Put a Cadillac 500 in a 1950 Studebaker pickup back in the 70s. It was totally unfit for the street. Fun at the drag strip though...if you could get the rear tires to hookup.

 :011:  Talk about a SLEEPER!  :008:
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