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#442318 - January 31st 2011 12:38 am Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: wookee]
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Registered: September 04th 2010 3:04 pm
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Loc: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Originally Posted By: wookee

I am going to be Brutally honest with you.,,,,
I really DO NOT CARE how much or how many hours you spent researching about American made vans and engines.Even if you can decied on what drive line to use.Being located where you are will have a major out come on what it would cost you to build ANY type of project.Not have mechanical experience and having to depend on a paid wrench can really complicate things more than likely for the worse, money wise the out come of any of your proposed projects.

Sorry it is almost senseless trying to explane wich engine combo is better just for the simple fact that you just don't have the access to the wide variety of American made engines that we have over here......


Thanks for the honesty. I do wish I was in the US.... I would be trying to work on it myself too... I'm not a mechanic, but I am mechanically inclined and don't mind getting my hands dirty. I've done work on my Alfa like changing brakes, etc.... I'm also good with electronics and computers... so it would be easy for me to sort out the stuff I want in the back.

Originally Posted By: wookee

Reading you posts you have went from building an A Team clone to a VW van with V8 power........WTF?????

Yeah!!! Thats a big change. After some time, I realized that the A-team van clone was great but has been done alot.... I switched from that to getting myself a Ford E-series "Explorer van". While completely unique to the roads over here, I realized that most people who have vans have a sofa/bed in the back and captain seats, etc.... Then had an idea.... Animated TV Van
No one has tried this and while it may be costly, it would be worth to have something that unique.... grin

Like I said, I'm almost sold on the Ford Racing engine, but I'm not sure on whether that is the best choice for it. Hence the research, etc.... mechanics over here suggest GM...
What say you????

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#442323 - January 31st 2011 2:07 am Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Knightjp]
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Registered: October 10th 2009 11:07 am
Posts: 88
Loc: Seattle, WA
Wow I didn't even know there were vanners in the UAE. This is pretty cool. Wish I was there to build you a killer first gen with v8 power. It all depends on what YOU want. That's what vanning is all about... personal expression through our machines. Sounds like you've got the bankroll for the ultimate van, just need to be pointed in the right direction.

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#442324 - January 31st 2011 2:37 am Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: kookykrispy]
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Registered: September 04th 2010 3:04 pm
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Loc: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I guarantee you, I'm not a rich guy. Just someone who loves vans... LOL.

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#442334 - January 31st 2011 6:18 am Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Knightjp]
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I'll put in a vote for the GM 350. It's a good "all around" engine. Parts are fairly inexpensive and plentiful.
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#442339 - January 31st 2011 6:57 am Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: NateNCBV]
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OK... From the posts so far, I've gathered that a majority of suggestions to use a Chevy 350 small-block are solely based on the fact that of its simplicity in design, ease in obtaining parts and abundance in number making it easy to obtain.
From what I've read, the small-block 350 is an old engine. I would rather prefer to go in for an LS if that is the case.

But are the above the only known reasons that separates the GM engines from the Ford blocks?????
What advantages would a Ford engine have over the GM blocks??

Don't get me wrong. I love GM engines. But I want to know all the facts.



Edited by Knightjp (January 31st 2011 7:00 am)

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#442413 - January 31st 2011 12:19 pm Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Knightjp]
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Registered: June 26th 2010 7:35 pm
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Simplicity beats Fix & repair on race day....found on road dead...
GM= great merchandice


If its a VW van put a porche 911 engine in it
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#442425 - January 31st 2011 12:34 pm Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: frscke1]
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The reason there are so many Chev engines available is, its hard to part out Fords while they are still running down the roads.... angel
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#442448 - January 31st 2011 1:03 pm Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
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Originally Posted By: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!
The reason there are so many Chev engines available is, its hard to part out Fords while they are still running down the roads.... angel


LOL!!! Nice one.... laugh

Wait are you serious???..... shocked
Ford engines last longer????
According to most people I spoke to, it was the opposite. One even challenged me to look into the street and count the number of 10 year old Fords to the number of Chevys as proof.
Of course there was the one or two and said otherwise......


Edited by Knightjp (January 31st 2011 1:14 pm)

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#442457 - January 31st 2011 1:21 pm Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Knightjp]
Knightjp Offline
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Registered: September 04th 2010 3:04 pm
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Loc: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ward's 10 Best Engines of the 20th century

I saw this article just now and counted the number of times I saw a Ford V8 vs the GM V8 engines....

Ford was more.... Does that mean something??? Or is this just a useless poll??

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#442471 - January 31st 2011 2:09 pm Re: Engines - Ford vs GM [Re: Knightjp]
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Loc: New Jersey
I guess everyone has their own personal preference. I'm a Chevy guy so I would also vote for a SBC. It is just a all around great engine. There is a reason all the hot rod guys put Chevy 350's in their rides.
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