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Y-blocks? 272, or 292, which would you suggest?

 
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Drewfus
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Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:14 pm    Post subject: Y-blocks? 272, or 292, which would you suggest?

I'm into older tech stuff, so here's a question for those of similar minds.....

Toying with accquiring a Y block off a guy, He's got one of each, with the 272 coming out of a Customline, and the 292 coming out of a f500 (?)..... I'm fairly nieve on the whole subject, but I'm willing to learn.

Anybody 'schooled' on these engines, I know a few guys have 'soft' (or HARD) spots for these engines, And I figure one of these engines would look good in a '50's style beast.

Main questions I'd love to have answered if nothing else:-

* which is preffered? (although we know there's no substitute for cubic inch's)....
* What box (s) will fit without major hassles? (either manual or auto)
* 'hop up gear' availible?
* am I wasting good time and effort (ie are they just anchors?)

Thanks in advance, cheers,

Drewfus
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choco
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Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:20 am    Post subject: Re: Y-blocks? 272, or 292, which would you suggest?

Drewfus wrote:
I'm into older tech stuff, so here's a question for those of similar minds.....

Toying with accquiring a Y block off a guy, He's got one of each, with the 272 coming out of a Customline, and the 292 coming out of a f500 (?)..... I'm fairly nieve on the whole subject, but I'm willing to learn.

Anybody 'schooled' on these engines, I know a few guys have 'soft' (or HARD) spots for these engines, And I figure one of these engines would look good in a '50's style beast.

Main questions I'd love to have answered if nothing else:-

* which is preffered? (although we know there's no substitute for cubic inch's)....
* What box (s) will fit without major hassles? (either manual or auto)
* 'hop up gear' availible?
* am I wasting good time and effort (ie are they just anchors?)

Thanks in advance, cheers,

Drewfus


I had an affair with Y Blocks many years ago. The one that powered my 27 T Roadster was a 292 out of a Mainline ute. In the US, the Thunderbird had a 312 option, and many of them found their way here.
These engines are very heavy and need lots of work to get them to go well. I used to have a chromed crank, ported and relieved heads, lopey cam, triple dueces (later changed to a 4 barrel manifold and Holley 600) a 3 speed cusso box (after blowing up several 39 boxes) and a F100 diff, but the car was always a slug. They suffered from oiling problems to the top of the engine, so it was always a good idea to tap into an oil gallery in the block and run extra oil to the heads via some brake line plumbing.
The autos made for them were the Ford-o-matic 2 speeds, and were pieces of crap. Very very heavy, long, bulky transmission. You can get an adapter for a C4 or top loader from CRS. They may also have adapters for other transmissions.
I'd say the best thing about these engines was the awesome noise they made. They had a stroke that was twice the bore, which produced a very distinctive, deep note that was hard to beat. I would prefer a Hemi, a Caddy engine, a nailhead Buick, or a big block Ford FE engine before I would consider a Y Block (if you are looking for something that isn't a SBC or Ford). I spent lots of money keeping the engine running.
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Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:29 pm    Post subject:

Drewfus .I go along with Choco on this one.I had a few of these from my Customline days, the engine weight as I recall is 625lbs.I did the external oil bit to the rocker gear,also struck rear main oil seal problems,besides that for their time, they were ok,a twin system and Lukey sports mufflers sure got the neighbour,s windows rattling.The 272,s used engine # sequences here ,55 Cussys [ASQ] 56, [ATQ] 57,[AVQ] 58 Star Models [AWQ]. .Only the devotees would use them today...............Frank
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Drewfus
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Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:11 am    Post subject:

Thanks for the opinions, I was looking for a FE or Mopar option (CUBIC inch's), but thought that this might have been a viable 'different' option.

I might keep on looking as whilst the Y block fits under that title, I don't really want to 'cut off my legs just to be different'.........

Thanks again,

Drewfus
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