All I want is for someone to tell me that I don't have to quit singing, "She's real fine, my 409" next time it comes on the radio, because maybe it's technically not correct - no wonder I always hated math! 😄
It's hard to admit, but I remember thinking (back then in the '60s), that a 327 was a big engine, but that 326 (the number, not the motor) sounded so much smaller. Amazing what Marketing and peer-influence can put in your head. I was probably running a 265 or possibly a 283 at the time.
I agree, DUB6 - the 326 Tempest was a far distant 2nd fiddle to the 389 Goat (had to have tri-power and a 4-speed, of course). Also, the small journal Chevys got a bum rap when (mid-'68?) 4 bolt main large journals came in. Since mains went from 2.30 to 2.45", and rods went from 2.0 to 2.1", the small engines (302 & 327's) that were making their living on RPM all of a sudden had higher bearing speeds (which hurt their rev potential). And, for the most part, the 4-bolt mains weren't needed...(good idea by Milodon to release the splayed-cap 4-bolt caps for small journals, though).