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Cars vs. Big Trucks - Cubic Inches

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Posted by AGEN on June 29, 2002 at 16:17:23 from (

I noticed a '69 Dodge, prolly about a two ton, in the photo adds that has a 318 in it. My gradmpa has a '59 GMC Two ton with a 370 in it that doesn't put out but around 200 hp. So how come the muscle cars of the 1960s (GTO, Chevelles, etc.) featured huge cubic inch displacement and high horsepower engines, well in to the 400 cubic inch and 400 hp range, while these big trucks has comparitively small ones. I know they are made for much different functions, but it still seems like a two ton truck could use an engine at least as big as a car. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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