Now here's a QOTD that's sure to get the single-interest fanatics swinging their sabers at the neck-pipes of perceived infidels, but we're hoping that y'all can dredge up some, like, objectivity here: Which I6 engine is most legendary?
We honored the Pontiac OHC Six, which was based on the Chevrolet 230, a couple weeks back. Today, we honor the pushrod Chevy!
The great thing about this series is that we're nowhere near running out of engines that were made by the millions, for decades. Ford's workhorse I6 racked up close to a quarter-century of front-line service, from 1960 to 1984.
After we had Engine Of The Day Overload last weekend, I got the usual flurry of emails pointing out the really important stuff I'd overlooked. One engine kept coming up, though: the mighty Toyota JZ!
In this series, we'd like to honor the engines that were made in vast quantities and/or remained in front-line service for decades (in addition to low-production Ass-Kickin' Engines), and the BMW "Little Six" definitely qualifies.
Toyota will often keep a winning engine design going for decades, as we've seen with the 5-decade R engine. Toyota's inline-six M engine soldiered on for nearly 30 years.
You know what's wrong with NASCAR these days? Two things: the fans no longer drink beer from steel cans, and nobody races inline-six flatheads! Oldsmobile and Chrysler had new overhead-valve V8s in the early 50s, but Hudson Hornets equipped with 308-cubic-inch, twin-carb (called "Twin-H") flathead six engines utterly…