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Howlin’ Half-Dozen: This Ford Falcon Gets The Job Done With A 4-71 Blown 4.0L Inline-Six!


Howlin’ Half-Dozen: This Ford Falcon Gets The Job Done With A 4-71 Blown 4.0L Inline-Six!

Inline-sixes were, for the longest time, proof that whoever bought the car originally was either a cheap-ass or wanted fuel economy in my world. Every car that had six pistons in a row that I grew up with was a turd. The Granada that pretty much cemented my feelings on that model in particular had a craptastic 3.3L with a hole in the block. There was the Oldsmobile Omega that my mother drove for years and it’s succession of at least three 250ci Chevrolet inline-sixes that moved the car well enough but that was about it, or the Slant Six, which was the disappointing side of every Duster dragged home. Hated them then, starting to appreciate them more now, but in the U.S., most useable inline-sixes date  to the 1980s for the newest and best (yes, I know about the 4.2L unit GM put out, but compared to a 250 Chevy, 300 Ford or a Slant Six, there’s no comparison). In Australia, though, they not only appreciate them, they rock them as if they were a small-block in the United States. Turbocharging is usually the way most people go, but in the case of this 1990 Falcon, a 4-71 supercharger on a custom manifold force-feeds the engine all of the air it could possibly need. It’d be impractical for a LHD car to run a blower setup, but on a RHD car like the Falcon, the view is great!


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