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Old 06-02-05, 01:46 PM   #1
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Small Block Question

When was the Small Block first called the Small Block?
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Old 06-02-05, 01:51 PM   #2
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"POP POP" it must have been when the Big Block came out, 1965 L-78 / 396ci. ??.
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Wasn't the first real "big block" the 348 back in th 50's?
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Old 06-02-05, 02:20 PM   #4
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John wasn't that a truck motor ? We had a guy in high school with a 53 chev. with a 348 4bbl. How about when the 409 came out??? Was that in 64 ????
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Old 06-02-05, 03:23 PM   #5
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Had a rich kid in high school had a '58 Impala with a 348 with 3 deuces and another guy that had a '62 Impala with a 409 ( and 3 on the tree). I always was under the impression that these were the first years for these motors.
"She's real fine, my 409!!"
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John wasn't that a truck motor ? We had a guy in high school with a 53 chev. with a 348 4bbl. How about when the 409 came out??? Was that in 64 ????
Yeah, it started as a truck motor. Then in 58 they intorduced the 348 & in 61 the 409 for passenger cars.

Guess they were the precursor to the 396-427-454 big blocks.

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Pete, I just looked at a pic of my friends car and your right, he had a white with a black interior 62 SS 4 speed with a 409. The car would spin the wheels in 3rd gear with the 456 rear!!!!
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Can't get anything past Bill.
1965 was the year.
I won't be atrue POP POP for 6 more months.
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I had a '58 Chevy back in the day. It had the 348 with trips & a 3 speed on the floor. The 2nd & last stick shift car I ever owned. The car ran like crap & I got rid of it after a few months. I think when the 409 appeared, the 283 was considered a small block.
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O.K., when did the term "Rat Motor" become the term for the big blocks?
BTW, I have no idea either.
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The same time they started calling the small block the mouse motor
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The same time they started calling the small block the mouse motor
Cruel Oh so cruel!

"Mouse motor" OUCH!
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