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Too bad Chrysler can't promote the Slant Six like it did the Hemi

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Everywhere I drive my '62 Valiant, people stop and tell me how they had one like it and ask if it has the Slant 6. The Slant 6 sure does seem to trigger a lot of fond memories in people of a certain age.

My guess is that the Slant 6 actually had more owner loyalty, awareness and approval than the Hemi did.

Of course, inline sixes are no longer fashionable, but it has often occurred to me that it's too bad that Chrysler can't harness the public's affection for the Slant 6 the way they did with the new Hemi.
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Well, opposite ends of the scale. The Hemi was the top end engine, limited production on purpose, the slant six was the basic engine and standard in most cases, a staple engine so to speak. Yes, straight sixes of different configurations go all the way back to the beginning of almost all car companies (a few exceptions), and are/were as common as a pair of shoes. Not a real reason to promote such a staple actually, but yes, great engines.
 

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There was also a lot of loyalty to the 2.2L/2.5L 4-cylinder (and it was designed by the same people as the slant-6).

The slant-6 was produced in far greater numbers and was cheaper, and probably more bulletproof. But yes, today's engines make more hp and torque for their size, and don't have the tappet tap of the earlier slant-sixes with mechanical lifters. Look at the Pentastar V-6 - 283 hp from the same displacement as a 100 hp slant-6. And better gas mileage.
 

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Back in the day, the /6 was the "base" engine. They weren't stuffing Hemi's in nearly every Valiant as they came down the line like they do with the Challenger's and Charger's today.

The 225 /6 in my ole '65 Dart was decent, but I have to admit I do like the 5.7L Hemi in my '06 Ram and the 3.5L V6 in my Journey could probably run circles around the old /6.
 

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Everywhere I drive my '62 Valiant, people stop and tell me how they had one like it and ask if it has the Slant 6. The Slant 6 sure does seem to trigger a lot of fond memories in people of a certain age.

My guess is that the Slant 6 actually had more owner loyalty, awareness and approval than the Hemi did.

Of course, inline sixes are no longer fashionable, but it has often occurred to me that it's too bad that Chrysler can't harness the public's affection for the Slant 6 the way they did with the new Hemi.
When the I6 in the Jeep was getting long in the tooth, it was determined that emissions, fuel economy and engine bay packaging had passed by the in line six motors.
Probably the fact that Daimler rival, BMW, had a workable I6 didn't endear it to the Daimler henchmen. ;)
 

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I too, get many coments about my Slant Six Valiant, but should there be modern version? Not sure how the market would do with that.
 

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Well, have to admit the inline six can be balanced a lot nicer than a V6, and am sure with today's technology could rival any of the V6s. Problem is the hood length. Can't see a Viper with a slant/straight six for nostalgic purposes.
 

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I don't know where the appropriate place to ask this is, but... What was the advantage of tilting the inline 6 30 degrees? Pardon my ignorance... I wasn't alive during the slant six era. I do enjoy a good inline 6 though... the Jeep 4.0L is a fantastic motor.
 

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It also gave room for a slightly longer intake manifold, producing more torque at lower RPMs.
 
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Slanting was primarily for the low hood height needed for the Valian/Lancer body. Howver, they were able to move the carb out away from the head and more equalize the intake lengths which also gave a slight ram effect. (see sonoramic engine http://www.allpar.com/mopar/sonoramic.html ) The torque really came from the long stroke that the /6 had. (170 cu. in = 3-1/8") (198 cu. in = 3-5/8") (225 cu.in = 4-1/8") Nothing like gaining a pry bar to turn the crank.
 

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Right, the slant six and the Jeep six were two completely different animals.
 

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Aren't all Straight-6 engine slanted in cars for packaging but not in SUV & trucks?
I know Bimmer's are slanted..
 

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Most of the straight sixes were straight up and down. BMW and Dodge/Plymouth did the angle for the reasons stated.
 

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Always been a fan of inline sixes. Especially the ones tuned for low end grunt, like the Slant Six, AMC's 199/232/258 (and maybe the 4.0L Jeep), Ford's big 300 six for trucks, Chevy's 292, etc.

Yeah, the current V6s have oodles more power and get better fuel economy to boot...but it always feels to me like they are working their guts out to move the heavyweight vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and the minivans...

The 3.3L/3.8L V6s were good torquers as well. So was GM's 3800 V6.
 

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This does make one wonder, given the mileage they can get out of a V6, what a slant six would do with higher compression and all the EFI stuff. Now that would be a good experiment to do, see what kind of improvements could actually be accomplished and not that difficult to do, either.
 

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I have heard of EFi conversions being done. As for compression, I once misadjusted the valve lash (first time ever), such that the gap was too large, and effectively the valves were seating tighter and opening less, or for a shorter duration. The car started up and ROARED to 3,000 RPM with almost no throttle input. It felt like it had twice as much power. But it wouldn't idle below 1500 RPM without compensation of some kind. Nevertheless, I measured compression, and instead of 125 psi, it was 180. Probably would have blown a head gasket if I hadn't fixed the lash. But I'll always wonder what kind of middle ground I could have reached with this...
 
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