Weâ€™ve all seen it hundreds of times. A 1932 Ford roadster done up in hot rod style, with big and little wheels, candy paint, tuck and roll upholstery, and a 350 Chevy V8.
A Chevrolet 350? Wait a second. Shouldnâ€™t your Ford hot rod be all blue oval?
Traditionally, in the hot rod world, Bow Tie powerplants have been popular swaps over their Ford counterparts. Why? Because the small-block Chevy is cheap, effective, and simple. And hot rodders loved that combination back in the day â€“ especially compared to the old technology of flathead Ford V8s. Plus, since GM built the small block from 1955 through the late 1990s, parts are literally everywhere. And a lot of those parts interchange.
But what about other Ford products like Mustangs, trucks, and full-size cars? Thereâ€™s a â€™60s Fairlane street/strip car running around Portland thatâ€™s powered a hot small-block Chevy. If youâ€™re OK with Chevy-powered â€™32s, how do you feel about cars like that Fairlane?
Personally, I have no problem with Chevrolet engines in anything. But then again, Iâ€™m a Chevy guy (even though I drive a Mopar daily). But Ford engines are just as common, inexpensive, and powerful as their Chevrolet counterparts. So why would you swap? Why wouldnâ€™t you?
This is our â€śInsiderâ€™s Viewâ€ť question for issue #7, and weâ€™d like your participation. So what do you think? Is it wrong to put a Chevy engine in a Ford hot rod, or are there shades of gray? This one got all of the ACC staff arguing, so now itâ€™s your turn. Letâ€™s answer this once and for all!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Be sure to include your name and your city/state. Look for your responses in the next print issue of ACC!