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  • Gearhead Tuesday: Studebaker's Scrappy Little V8

    This is a wonderful article, some of which quotes the late, great Tom Shaw without credit.

    We all miss Tom.

    Enjoy! BP

    http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=1&t=3330
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    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
    PackardV8

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    • #3
      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.
      sals54

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sals54 View Post
        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
        PackardV8

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