I don't think it's any secret by now that when it comes to engines, I'm a big fan of the small-block Chevy. I'll admit that other viable options do exist, and after reading the below-linked article on Car Craft's AMC 401 build, I must say I'm impressed. 484 HP and a 3,000-RPM-wide torque plateau over 450 lb-ft should not be taken lightly from a stock-displacement small-block V8, especially not one using stock head castings. While the stock oiling system is not all that great, it's easier to fix that than it is to overcome the Chevy's bore and stroke limitations.


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