Wild horses couldn’t drag Classic Trucks‘ staff away from the Goodguys 19th Annual Southwest Nationals held November 18-20 in Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend because it was the wild horsepower that drew us there. The year 2016 is a great place in time to be for classic truck owners when the subject is what engine is the best way to go.
There was a time when the small-block Chevrolet engine whether it was a 283 punched out to 301-inches, or a stock 327 Corvette the Chevy engine was king no matter which emblem was on the old truck’s hood. Be it pre-war, or a 1950’s Ford, Studebaker, or Dodge pound-for-pound the mouse motor couldn’t be beat. Today the engine choices are many and brand loyalty is at the top of the list for classic truck owners. We noticed a high percentage of classic Ford pickups and Rancheros had a heated-up FE, Coyote or back to a full-house Flathead for the pre-war rides. And the Dodges had Mopar power.
Plus that old adage a 392 Chrysler Hemi can go anywhere it wants still goes as we found many a classic Ford and a few Chevy trucks with an Elephant under its hood. In particular a Big-window 1956 Ford F-100 and a shortbed 1959 Chevy Fleetside both Hemi powered and sounding badass.
Plus notice in the gallery of flicks the Chevrolet LS engine has really found its way under the hood of many a classic GMC and Chevy there was even an old Willys Overland Jeep with an LS under its bonnet. Another trend we noticed is there doesn’t seem to be the shame of having a stock inline 6-cylinder under an old trucks hood like back in the day.
One owner of a 1959 Chevy pickup yanked out the 235-inch Stovebolt it came with and dropped in a later 1963-up inline Chevy six. And checkout how many radical blown engines guys are running there’s definitely an over-the-top approach to what people are choosing to power their old truck these days.
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