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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-02-2003 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Rory McNeil
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posted 04-02-2003 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neato, Steve! My first "hot rod" (sorta) was a 57 Ford Sedan Delivery with a 272 ci Y block, that I installed the heads & 4 barrel intake from a 57 312 onto. It was also the vehicle I made my first 1/4 dragstrip pass in, back in 1974. A friend & I rebuilt the engine in the mid 70`s, and it`s still running, in a buddy`s 57 Fairlane 2 dr. HT.
I was thumbing thru a car magazine the other day (can`t recall which one), & they had a big article on building up Y blocks. Blue Thunder recently brought out a new 1x4 aluminum intake, and there seems to be more interest in these engines now than there was 30 years ago.

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posted 04-02-2003 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rory, my first hot rod was also a y-block. I didn't know much back then (nothing's changed) so I had a guy named Jerry Dastrup build the engine for me. It was a 312 bored out to 4" with ported heads (Jerry's 12 year old son did the porting) with a 2-4barrel setup. I had it in the worlds heaviest 54 Merc. For some reason my Merc weighed 4000 pounds on the local truck scale and other identical 54 Merc's weighed 3600.

I had a three speed, no 4 speeds back then, and Atlas Bucron tires. Everyone I raced beat me off the line because the car would not hook up. About the time I hit second gear, it would start to move forward and the Merc would fly by the guy in the other lane. All the Chevy guys soon got afraid to run me. The hot factory cars at the time were the 413 dodges, the 409 chevy's and the 406 Fords. Nobody local had a 409, the only 406 owner wasn't into racing and the 413 guys wouldn't run me cause they were afraid to lose to an old car and a Ford at that. So I got to beat up the 348 Chevy's and all the small block guys. Pretty soon none of them wanted to run me either. It was the most fun I ever had with any car.

I never took it to the strip because there wasn't one running in my area then so I don't know how fast it was. I ocassionally think it would be interesting to put an engine like it into a modern chassis that will hook up, but not enough money for all the things I would like to try.

John

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-03-2003 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rory McNeil:
I was thumbing thru a car magazine the other day (can`t recall which one), & they had a big article on building up Y blocks. Blue Thunder recently brought out a new 1x4 aluminum intake, and there seems to be more interest in these engines now than there was 30 years ago.

This month's Street Rodder magazine. They got 313hp out of a 292 punched to a 4.00" bore.

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