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BobPalma
02-28-2017, 07:38 PM
This is a wonderful article, some of which quotes the late, great Tom Shaw without credit. :oops: :yeahright: :QQ: :mad:

We all miss Tom. :(

Enjoy! :cool: BP

http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3330

PackardV8
02-28-2017, 09:26 PM
Overall a very positive and well written article:


Thus in 1951, Studebaker was the first independent car maker to offer its own V-8, a compact overhead valve unit

But then, the author lost any real credibility with one key mis-statement in the first paragraph; he's obviously never seen a Studebaker V8! The Stude has many strengths, but it's probably the largest, heaviest OHV8 per cubic inch of displacement. By no imagining can it be called "compact."

jack vines

sals54
02-28-2017, 09:45 PM
Well Jack... perhaps the "compact" term is a reference to the gigantic straight 8s of the era.? Some of those were behemoths by comparison. An 800 lb straight 8 with all of 130 HP would certainly qualify.

PackardV8
02-28-2017, 09:56 PM
Well Jack... perhaps the "compact" term is a reference to the gigantic straight 8s of the era.? Some of those were behemoths by comparison. An 800 lb straight 8 with all of 130 HP would certainly qualify.

Sal, take it how it speaks to you, but let's look at the rest of the paragraph:


Thus in 1951, Studebaker was the first independent car maker to offer its own V-8, a compact overhead valve unit that pointed the way toward the famous small block Chevrolet 265-283-327 series and later Ford’s 221-260-289-351 series of small block V-8s.

The Studebaker V8 is several inches larger in every dimension and much heavier than the SBC/SBF, while being much smaller displacement; 100# heavier than the 400" SBC and 150# heavier than the 400" SBF.

jack vines