From previous posts you'll recall I've been really particular about engine selection for this build. After evaluating all the options I chose the Oldsmobile Rocket which led to the larger problem of finding a 60 year old motor in good enough shape to restore. The first engine candidate didn't work out so well but fortunately, another was located.
Perserverance paid off & the chosen powerplant will be a 303 cubic-inch 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket.
I'm really stoked to have this motor not only because it fits into my overall build theme but also due to the significance of the '49 Rocket 303.
After it's introduction in 1932 the Ford Flathead dominated (some argue facilitated) the hot rod scene. It was the rodders engine of choice until 1949 when Oldsmobile & Cadillac launched the first OHV production V8's. Given their modern engineering & 35% greater horsepower over the Flathead, the introduction of the Olds Rocket signaled the end of the venerable Ford motor. The Rocket engines went on to build a reputation for an excellent power-to-weight ratio, fuel economy & smooth, strong, reliable running.
Long story short, I'm looking forward to dropping this historic engine into my '35 Ford pickup.
As for the specifics of this engine build, I'm aiming for a traditional restoration with mild performance upgrades. It's already sporting 1957 Olds 371 heads & the camshaft will be ground in the coming weeks. The resulting stroker motor will produce more horsepower but we'll still optimize it for torque over top speed.
How about some pics?