After the Flathead the Ford Y-Block V8 Engine

After the Flathead

The Ford Y Block V8

 

The venerable hot rodders favourite Ford Flathead V8 reached the end of it’s life, (at least in the States :)), in 1953 and it was followed up by the introduction of the Y Block OHV V8 in 1954.

The Y Blocks came in 239, 256 cubic inch variants for 1954, for 1955 272 and 292 cubic inch units were added.

In 1956 the 312 cubic inch motor was added to the range, this engine family ran until 1964 when it was replaced by the Windsor and Cleveland V8’s

For a really good detailed look at the Y Block V8 and where it was utilised you can read here at the motor-car.co.uk website.

 

Yanks at Blackbushe 1964

From Daniel Strohl  Hemmings blog

Great old British Pathe film of the American Drag Racing Team on tour in the UK circa 1964.

Racing from Blackbushe Airport which is very near where I live and sadly no longer hosts the drags 😦

Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history

After the end of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, many of the displays that captured the attention of hordes of visitors either were destroyed or left behind to burn or weather away under the elements. A handful still exist, most notably the giant U.S. Royal tire-shaped ferris wheel, as well as perhaps one of the most significant GM displays from the fair, a cutaway 427-cu.in. Mark IV big-block V-8 that will head to auction next month in the city in which it debuted.

Read more here from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history

Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

What a real shame this is, the Biscayne was the owners first car and the condition showed the amount of work he’d had lovingly put into the car. Not only was the Hellcat driver drunk, but I’m pretty sure it will be the tip of the iceberg in terms of too much car and not enough driving ability around the latest generation of muscle cars…

Got to feel bad for the owner of the Biscayne, as you can imagine the insurance probably won’t pay out.

On the upside the Hellcat may be crushed!

Read more from Michael Harding at Chevy Hardcore here

 Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Biscayne just before the crash

Biscayne just before the crash