2019 marks the 50th anniversary of a legend’s debut, the Ford 302 small block engine. Through many generations and different names, from the 302 Windsor to the 302 “Boss” engine, this 302 line of high-performance powerhouse from Ford Motor was a quantum leap in muscle car engine technology at the time.
The Ford V10 engine was originally used in primarily Ford trucks as an alternative to diesel. Ford V10 engines were most popular for use in commercial trucks that included motor homes, shuttles and panel vans. It was also found in some 3/4 and 1 ton pickups, medium duty vans and chassis cabs. Because so many trucks and vans in the United States (and around the world) have a V10 engine, replacing and / or rebuilding these cylinder heads is often required as these trucks and engines age.
Debuted in 1982 by the Japanese automaker Nissan, the Nissan Sentra is one of Nissan’s longest-running nameplates with more than 4 million items sold solely in the US alone. From a humble beginning as simply a rebadged export version of its predecessor, the Nissan Sunny, the Nissan Sentra has become a fierce rival to other legendary lines, such as the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and the Toyota Corolla in the compact sedan competition.
Throughout the Toyota Corolla history, we can see that while other automakers have moved on with many other kinds of engine, such as small blocks (Chevrolet) or V6 (Jeep), the entire line of Corolla has been loyal to the inline-4 cylinder engine only, for 53 years. What is so special about this engine? The answer is its design. As the most common form of engine for hatchbacks and small family cars, an inline-4 engine is when there are 4 cylinders arranged side-by-side in an upright position across the engine bay, perpendicular to the car.