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June 2011 Willies Workbench

351 Windsor
Willie Worthy | Writer
Posted June 1, 2011

The Four Wheeler Engine IQ Test

Willie’s Workbench
The Four Wheeler Engine IQ Test
I was sitting around bench racing with some guys, and the subject of engine names came up. What brought up the subject, or who initiated it, I don’t remember, but it did bring up the fact that engines used to have cool names like Rocket, Supersonic, Go-Devil, and Blue Flame. Names give kind of a personal pride to the engine, unlike just numbers. You used to hear guys say things like, Yeah, I swapped out the old Commander Six for a Super 8. Or maybe, The Mouse motor did okay, but the big Rat made a world of difference in towing ability.

Just for fun this month, I’ve first listed a bunch of motors by name. Some are official factory names, and others are just unofficial monikers. Do you know what vehicles they came in, their cubic inches and horsepower ratings? Have fun trying to match them up. The answers are somewhere else in this issueyou’ll have to hunt around on your own to find it. And no fair cheating!

Okay, some of these motors are older than a majority of our readers. There is a darn good chance that you may have never heard of some, or in fact, any of them. I might have even made a mistake on some of the names since I’m as old as some of these engines. Give it a try, and be sure to let me know how well you do or any other names you can think of. I can be reached at

1. Boss
2. Blue Flame
3. Blue Streak
4. Cobra Jet
5. Commander
6. Custom 8
7. Dauntless
8. Elephant
9. Firedome
10. Fireflight
11. Fire Power
12. Get Away
13. Go Devil
14. Hi Torque
15. Hurricane
16. Iron Duke
17. Invader
18. InVincible 8
19. Interceptor
20. J-2 Tri-Power
21. Jimmy
22. Mileage Maker
23. Mouse
24. Nailhead
25. Pace Setter
26. Passmaster
27. Porcupine
28. Power Master
29. Power Pack
30. Power Tech 6
31. Rat
32. Ram Jet
33. Rebel
34. Red Ram
35. Red Seal
36. Rocket
37. Semi Hemi
38. Spyder
39. Spitfire
40. Strato-Star
41. Stovebolt Six
42. Supersonic
43. Super 6
44. Super 8
45. Super Hurricane
46. Super Marauder
47. Taskmaster
48. Thriftmaster
49. Thunderhead
50. Thunder Jet
51. Tornado
52. Comanche
53. Trademaster
54. Super Turbo-Thrust
55. Twin H Power
56. Vigilante
57. Y Block
58. Turbo Thrust
59. Golden Lion
60. Super D-500

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