Comment of the Day: Sometimes a Small-Block Chevy Swap Isn't the Answer

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Today we showed you a Porsche 944 with a Chevy small-block under a modified hood. While some readers consider this modification an improvement, one does not. This reader is, of course, correct.

“Just throw a small block Chevy motor in it!” is a refrain I hear all too often from uninspired gearheads. Yes, I said it: uninspired. Boring. Unimaginative. Stale.


One Jalopnik reader gets this, and now it’s time for the rest of the world to learn. Take it away Dave C.:

As the owner of multiple AMC-engined Jeeps, I’ve been told to swap my beloved Kenosha, Wisconsin-built original motors for “SBCs” far too many times. This is terrible advice. Power and parts availability be damned! I’m keeping my boat anchors, thankyouverymuch.

And as someone shopping (ish) for a first-gen Mazda RX-7, I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve shed seeing beloved 12A and 13B motors ripped out and replaced with the standard Chevy V8.


Come on folks! Is anything sacred anymore?

If you want to see where an “SBC” truly belongs, have a look at this K10 splashing through the water in Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” a song that I’m gifting Dave C. for his insightful comment:

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio