Ha! Ha! What? No topic report? "Older engines versus more modern engines?". Intersting topic. My grasses, fences, garden were rare Spring sunny days demanding me this time.
My take is it, isn't really about the engine at all anymore. What does woodgas fuel want? What does woodgas long term do the engine? The exellant performance powerwise and maintenance wise show now says any EVOLVED indivdual into the runner "port" gasoline fuel injected engine will be supeior to anything else so far. Head and shoulders above. Why I spent the real actual bucks for an upgraded EFI system on my Miller welder/generator.
The most simplest, durable evolved electronic fuel injections systems were all makes, and most models in the early to mid 90's here in North America. Hondas, Fords became much simpler then once they got rid of all of the PITA added on electro-mehanical vacumn contols and went to all electronic. GM; being still then arrogant GM "The largest corperation in the world" "We do not buy others technology - they buy ours!" "We will never pay Royalties to anyone else." was a little bit later to the simplist, least tweeky systems: eg. early 90's CPI plastic "spider" injection - puke! They ALL got dragged back into needless compexity by the dictated 1996 OBDII Federal mandates. Most, still though with the simplified unlaying EFI systems with just whatever was needed added to fit the minimum mandated now self-testing and self-reporting. 2003 and later was when the Big Boys went back into thier lets drive the other's out of business wars with Tech races. They were also suffering from low profits from their post 2001 Price Down wars so needed to have some additional way to churn vehicle turn-overs for new sales to keep those factories humming and the investment gang happy. No more 60's, 70's annual rotting exhaust systems, bi-annual tune-ups, multiple assesory failures was consumer acceptable any more to do this after the Quality wars of the 90's.
Ha! Latest Tech wizz, bang, boom became the new "must have" sales driving forces. No differnet than the late 50's tail fin wars, horsepower wars of the late 60's & 90's, "warranty length wars" of the mid 80's, "safety" wars of the late 80's, 90's. Any one of you old grizzled ever suffer through an 80's Chysler talking car that would not shut up?!! Lee I. tryed to stir up a war and got bit hard just like with his 7/70 warranty war. Nobody else wanted to play and he, the early 80's Chyrsler savior damn near bankruped them later. And you all thought this was all just clear-cut nuts and bolts with maybe a little Tech thrown in. Cut throat poker boys. Winner get to stay in the Game, still make cars and engines. Loser becomes a DeSoto, Studebaker, AMC, or now a Plymouth, Oldsmobile, now even Pontiac. A memory of what once was, in a yesteryear.
So my vote would be anything early 90's to 1995 as #1.
#2 Some 1996 to 2003. Even if it has overhead cams.
Anybody bring up the latest new genration of GM small block engines Still pushrod with the direct individual individual coil to each spark plug? Interested to see some woodgasing these to see how well the overall packege of intake and control systems would do.
Steve Unruh ( waiting for the night dew down to burn off then back to work ,work ,work)