Top 10 Big- Block Engines on TruckTrend.com
Shining the spotlight on custom truck building’s “other” V-8 engine.
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General Motors' LS-Series V-8 engine is probably the most widely used powerplant for custom truck builds. The engines, essentially modern-era "small-block Chevys," are easy to modify and literally can be transplanted into anything with three or more wheels.
Conversely, big-block engines are a lot more unsung when it comes to truck performance. Although the large-displacement mills are capable of producing significantly more torque than small-blocks, they're heavy, have bigger physical dimensions, and are more novelty than go-to for building custom street rigs. Big-block truly are "some" not "all" propositions.
With LS engines covered, we now celebrate our reports on big-block-powered trucks and engine tech that is archived on trucktrend.com. As engine terms go, small-block and big-block (or "rat") typically refer to Chevrolet V-8s when they're used without clarification of brand. While that's the accepted norm among car and truck guys, this collection includes a myriad of big-block powerplants (including diesel), in addition to rats of varying displacement. Naturally aspirated or boosted with turbochargers, superchargers, or nitrous oxide, big-block engines definitely are major players in the truck hobby, and here are 10 notable stories about a few standouts.