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"OK" I know it isn't a Small Block Chevy but, is the Olds 260 V8 a reliable engine for every day type use?
 

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That's "OK" as I'll be installing a crate 350 in time. Found a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with the 260 / auto for $700.00 and thought it might make a neat sleeper! Drive it until the 260 dies and install the 350 /350.
 

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Those motors are great motors, for V8 torque and fuel mileage, low on pony power, but for the fuel mileage gain, I'm good with it.
Had a friend that had one in a nova wagon that got almost 30 MPGs on steady basis.
 

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Those motors are great motors, for V8 torque and fuel mileage, low on pony power, but for the fuel mileage gain, I'm good with it.
Had one in a '78 Cutlass,28mpg.Had a Dual Jet 2bbl carb/200 metric trans
 

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Had one in a 80 delta 88 was slooooooowwwwwwwww swapped on a Q-jet intake and it had a bit better passing power,swapped on true duals with some small tube headers and she wasent all that bad! They could pull down high 20s-30s if you drove em right. I think they made about 110 or so net hp probly around 160 or so gross hp.
 

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i had an 80 cutlass years ago that i bought for 500 bucks. That motor was in it with 200k miles. still started and ran till i pulled it and junked it. dropped in a mild 305 i had built and didnt look back.
 

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for $700 i think a good Chevy engine/trans combo could be had from a pick & pull...

it'd be less work bolting it in, exhaust work...
 

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That's "OK" as I'll be installing a crate 350 in time. Found a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with the 260 / auto for $700.00 and thought it might make a neat sleeper! Drive it until the 260 dies and install the 350 /350.
I like the idea of great MPG, but sleeper does not come to mind.

I say, go for it.
 

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"Sleeper" as in very s..l..o..w. :D
Lost out, guy sold it before I could get over to look at it!
Oh, well.
 

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"Sleeper" as in very s..l..o..w. :D
Lost out, guy sold it before I could get over to look at it!
Oh, well.
I think my friend has one; could check it out if interested. However, distance to Jacksonville, AR may be too much.
 
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