TIL Chevrolet’s first V8 was 288 cu. in. (4.7 L) and only produced 36hp at 2700 rpm. by whatilearned July 20, 2022, 6:02 pm Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Series_D What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote 36hpChevroletsproducedRPMTILToday I learned See more Previous article How do you stop a vampire from breeding? Next article What do you think about veganism? 4 Comments Leave a Reply 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. Log in to Reply for the day that was still a shit ton of power Log in to Reply Other sources say >Rated output was 60 horsepower at 2400 rpm—comfortably competitive with the 77-hp Cadillac and 60-hp Oldsmobile V8s of the period. ​ https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/chevys-first-v8-inside-the-1917-19-model-d/ Log in to Reply Fun fact: today’s 4 cylinder Mustang makes more power than the top tier V8 Mustang did in 1965. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.