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US V8 engine history at a glance

USA history of the V8 engine largely pivots around how 'alternative' engine designs were proven during WW2, effectually changing industrial and public opinion. The post-war V8 designs were a component part of automotive styling evolution, allowing a lower, more sleek hoodline.

When Nash and Hudson merged in '54, AMC then was able to make their own V8 engine two years later in '56.

These comparisons are made here to show off the excellent design of AMC's '56-'66 Rambler V8!  

'49 Oldsmobile 288/303 "Rocket V8" - http://www.442.com/oldsfaq/ofe303.htm#E303%20303CIDEngineDetail -notice lifter oil galleries have tiny 'bleeds' to lube lifters, notice massive integral clutch housing hanging off rear of engine...true thickwall casting, overbuilt cam support area...

'53 264/322 Buick "Nailhead V8" 625 lbs. - http://www.buicks.net/shop/reference/blown_buick.html -Buick did a hemispherical combustion chamber with both valves on same side (poor angle for exhaust port) note central spark plug location for optimal flame spread, no huge half bell on back of engine

'56 250/327 AMC "Rambler V8" 601 lbs. Not a performance engine? See also http://wps.com/AMC/Rambler-327/The%20New%20American%20Motors%20V-8%20Engine%20(SAE%20Paper%20details).htm NOTICE OBVIOUS LACK OF BS & IRON LARD! AMC is showing off their excellent 'Hudson X' crank gallery support, superb long forged steel connecting rods into 10" deck height, head bolts into water jacket walls, advanced type pistons, superb water jackets, good spark plug placement/compact wedge chamber, 'hot' exhaust port roof -must have hired teenage Chevy enthusiast to illustrate ex. valve spring!

'58 332/390 Ford "FE V8" 650 lbs. Starved main bearings forced Ford to redesign oil system, only four head bolts per cylinder... 'modern'/no bellhousing extension on back of engine, bell bolt pattern looks very similar to Rambler V8

'58-'64 348-409 Chevrolet 'big block', credit to http://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/the-w-348-engine-the-first-of-many-big-block-chevy-v8s/. ...around 700+ lbs? low compression pistons shown, higher compression pistons had domes into offset wedge chamber area... unwilling to make further comments!

'58-'60 Ford 'MEL' V8; showing similarity to Chevy 348-409...

'49 Cadillac 330 V8; 699 lbs.courtesy of http://caddy500.com/index.php?topic=501.0 -engine has integral 8" deep '!/2 bell' transmission mount on rear... more than early Hemis...pre-'49 Cad flathead V8; http://www.classicandexotic.com/inventory/cadillac_engine/cadillac_engine.htm