New Zealand Classic Car - - FEATURE -

Al­though there’s plenty of pres­tige in own­ing a sideoiler, there’s not nec­es­sar­ily a lot of dif­fer­ence be­tween the side-oiler and top-oiler 7.0-litre (427ci) en­gines. Hugh’s top-oiler is a 1966 block cast­ing, iden­ti­cal to the side-oil­ers, and comes com­plete with the screw-in frost plugs and the mould­ings of the side-oiler. Re­port­edly, the side-oil­ers were then drilled and tapped on the pro­duc­tion line. So, while the en­gine in the car is cur­rently a top-oiler, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be changed if Hugh de­sired.

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