Throwback Thursday: Testing The First Big-Block Chevy

It’s hard to believe that another Thursday has crept-up on us, and is teasing about the impending end of another week. If you’re like me, you’ve already planned what you’ll be working on this weekend. If you r plans do not involve wrenching, maybe you just want to learn something. We can help with that. Once again, we celebrate another editorial look-back, and jump into the way back machine to open the Power Automedia vault that houses our vast collection of articles and revisit another great article.

In this Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a step back to August 2014. That’s when we got a personal history lesson from Bill Howell, a former GM engineer. Bill was one of the gentleman involved with testing the first – and many more – big-block Chevy engines. What better way to get real-life information thatn from someone who was actually there? We’re certain you will enjoy this editorial trip back in time. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at; Testing The First Big-Block Chevy, An Interview With Bill Howell.

In the original article, Bill talks us through the history of each big-block geneeration, the pros and cons of each, and how he was involved. He will discuss how 16 small pieces of the puzzle almost caused the demise of the big-block. Also, in case you didn’t know, he also explains the reason the oil pan only holds four quarts instead of five. You’ll surely be surprised.

The engine underwent a lot of testing in those early years, and what you might not know, is that a certain Disco-mainstay was crucial to that testing. It sounds weird now, but wait until you read the original article. Another thing you might not realize, is that Packard even had a hand in the absence of the Mark III big-block. It’s a crazy story.

There is a lot to consider when talking about Chevrolet’s big-block, and taking a look back at the original article can make sure that you are fully entertained. So, check it out and find out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. There is no doubt that you will surely gather a lot of information about the powerhouse Bow Tie mill, and for that reason, I thought this a great piece for this week’s Throwback Thursday flashback. To find out more, and to see the article in its entirety, check out; Testing The First Big-Block Chevy, An Interview With Bill Howell.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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