In an effort to simplify transmission options and have a broader torque curve, we’re upgrading from a 200ci straight six to a 250ci unit. The basic engineering’s the same, but the 250 has a longer stroke and uses the same bellhousing as small block V8. There’s not a lot of love for the 250; for the effort to swap it, you might as well drop in a V8.
I was able to pick up a pair of them for a few hundred bucks, giving me a spare or a power plant should we resurrect the Crunchero. We tore into both to figure out who’s the starter and who’s backup, and hoo boy, was that an easy decision. Check out the surfaces on this motor.