The last V8

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The last V8

Post by seeahill » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:27 am

Not tomato juice. A 5.7 liter hemi in a Grand Cherokee Overland.

I grew up with the growl of a V8. Wanted one as a kid and the first one I had was a 1967 Mustang. It had belonged to a friend who just got out of the Navy. It was stolen and stripped. I bought it for cheap. It ran for 10 years and I got rid of it.

I don't think I ever had a V8 thereafter. I had a V6 or two and grew to like the V6 purr.

But now, fuck, I'm old and I wanted a V8. Bought a 2018 Grand Cherokee with a hemi. OK, it's got metal skid plates on the engine/oil pan and the diff. Off-road ready but I had to put AT tires on it. So it isn't highway smooth., but it's a V8 and throws you back in the seat when you stomp the pedal.

It's my last V8 and I'm happy with it.
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Re: The last V8

Post by nafod » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:49 am

I’ve had two. The first was one of these.

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It was a bear to assemble, but was cool.

The second was a 1968 Ford Thunderbird, bought in 1979 for the summer while working in Minnesota. Paid $200, sold it at the end for $100. Had a black interior and power windows that didn’t work. Great date car. The engine was huge. So was the back seat.

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Re: The last V8

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:33 pm

V8 in my first car, a 1971 Cutlass, a 350 2 barrel rocket My buddies and I probably rebuilt 3 GM 350s between 10th and 12 grades.


I also had a V8 in an Avalanche and in my current Suburban.

I drove an inline 6 in an AMC Eagle, which was a solid engine. I also drove an Ecoboost V6 in a Ford Excursion XL a few years back as a rental and that was a legit beast of a motor.

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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:54 pm

I had a 350 in an old 78 Scout II in HS. Hugger Orange.

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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:18 pm

Out west circa 2010 or so the desert rats were big on V8s and the 90's landcruiser engines in Samurais. Huge engine bay/compartment.

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Re: The last V8

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:20 am

1964 Ford Galaxy that my dad inherited from his Aunt. She bought it new.
First year for the 289, and ours had the 3 On The Tree. Most vague shifter you can imagine. Sure do wish we'd kept that car......
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Re: The last V8

Post by SubClaw » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:01 am

I really miss big engines. I know downsizing is the way to go until we all go fully electric, but still...

My new car has a 2.0 engine plus PHEV, it's powerful (408 hp.), the fuel economy is off the charts, but it lacks... a "soul". If you know what I mean.
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