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Take The American Engine Quiz!

MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
edited April 15 in General


  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    8 of 17, and most of those were lucky guesses. I think I'd have done a lot better on a '70s-'90s Japanese version.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    I got 14 out of 17.

    I missed #3, #4, and #6. Honestly though, I wouldn't have guessed some of them if it wasn't multiple choice, so you at least know one of the four choices is correct. Fill-in-the-blank, and I would've done a lot worse.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    I got the first 4 wrong, so I gave up :P :sick:

    I think I am ok at relating engine sizes to manufacturers, but when it comes to pictures, I'm not so good...many of them I have never really examined before in person.
  • Yeah I scored the same as you. I got the obvious ones but really I'm not into rods all that much.

    One thing I noticed. Most American engines are not that attractive. They are very agricultural and they sort of blend together in my mind.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    10/17 with several guesses - yes, a v8's a v8, unless it's a's ironic that modern US engines, now with all the DOHC neat stuff, are covered with all those plastic sound reducers. Not much to look at.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    The only ones I actually knew and got right were the two small-block Chevys toward the end, and only because I recognized the butterfly exhaust manifold from the LMC catalog. :P
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Andre is clearly the winner here. Has anyone ever sent you the chest shots where you have to determine real or silicon? I am really good at that one.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,448
    i got 11 out of 17, but like you, my score would have been lower if not multiple choice.
    over the weekend i saw a big old merc on a trailer with a y block magazine sticker on the side. if i had checked it out, i might have gotten 1 more.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Just showing my age I suppose.
  • 16/17. Couldn't tell a 348 from a 409 (even with the dipstick clue).
  • Me neither. I never liked either of those engines. They belong in trucks and I don't care if the Beach Boys wrote a song about one of them.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    I answered the 348 question correctly, purely on a hunch. They had already showed a 409 in an earlier question, and at first that one looked like another 409. So I figured it must be a trick question, and 348 was one of the answers, so I picked it.
  • Not very attractive? Blend together?

    It's hard to believe, really. These engines (IMHO) have far more style than any OHC 4 cylinder covered in plastic.

    If the quiz included a bunch of modern powerplants, I think we'd see that (much like the cars) they all look quite similar, so much that (like the cars) they'd be hard to identify.
  • I didn't say plastic covered engines were attractive either. American V8s look like something out of a tractor to me. Very heavy, crude castings, wiring, hoses, cabling all askew, etc. I mean, they GET THE JOB DONE, don't get me wrong, but compared to engines of that era from around the world, they seem like clumps of iron to me anyway.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    I guess my problem is, I remember hemis, small and big block Chevys, the 409/348, and a couple of Fords, but the buick/olds/pontiacs all blend together (ignoring the paint job).
  • When you're pumping out millions of engines, you don't have much time for artwork. I can't recall a truly beautiful American engine of any kind since the 1930s. I mean, you can glitz them up with chrome nuts and paint 'em pretty colors but the shapes and forms are pretty agricultural. Even a Packard straight-8 is like a log of iron. Maybe some of the Ford overhead cammers aren't too bad.
  • I actually enjoy looking at agricultural engines (the old ones, anyways). Perhaps that's why I like these engines.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    but the buick/olds/pontiacs all blend together

    there's a couple tricks I learned with these engines, although it may not apply to older ones. For one, Buick engines tend to have the distributor up front. Olds and Pontiac engines have it in the back. The Olds V-8 has a really tall oil filler tube mounted at the front of the engine, making it easy to add oil, while the Pontiac's oil filler is in the valve cover. The Pontiac V-8 also has a reaaaally long upper radiator hose.

    One thing I can't remember...back when they used to paint the engines different colors, what color were the Olds engines? I remember Chevy engines being sort of an orange-red, Buicks more of a blood-red, and Pontiacs being light blue. I can't recall the Olds color, though. I guess at some point in the 70's they all just went to black, which is what my '76 LeMans 350 is.
  • Buick distributors weren't always in the front. Check the nailhead in this quiz. Only the 'modern' Buick V-8s and the older small V-8s (215, 300) had the distributor up front.

    Olds engines have been red, blue, green, different shades of gold, black. They've been lots of colors, depending on the model and vintage. Most-recently they've been black and corporate blue. Before that they were gold (small blocks) and blue metallic (big blocks). Before that they were red, bronze, green, among other colors.
  • wevkwevk Posts: 178
    Yikes 15/17 (winning coin flip on 348/409) Talk about a hed full of useless knowledge!

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