TIL Chevrolet’s first V8 was 288 cu. in. (4.7 L) and only produced 36hp at 2700 rpm.

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  1. Low compression engines like that have some benefits–they can be crank started without busting a gut for one. Also, they tend to run well on even questionable quality gasoline (which was common in that era). Low compression is less sensitive to timing issues also which means you can tweak them via simple spark advance levers to adjust them to run best for the conditions rather than having complex vacuum advance systems that were needed when compression increased.

    36 hp is enough…when you are used to a horse and wagon that Grandpa used.

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