Originally Posted by WWW
"Original power for the very first of the 38' series was the big Lincoln 430 cubic inch V8, rated at 275 hp."
Curt Radford, MD. wrote:
"Engine op options in 1964 included twin Chris Craft 210hp V8 engines (under powered) or twin 275hp V8s."
Are these the motors you speak of? ( the 275's) I never knew they had 210HP in them also.
Curt Radford, by the way, is a very good friend of mine, and a prince of a man!
The first big block was, indeed, the Lincoln 275-hp 431 "MEL" motor (Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln). However, they did, indeed, offer the small block motor in this boat too, as evidenced by the scan of original manufacurers sales literature here. This particular ad is quoting the 300-hp motors, because at this time CC had transitioned over from the big Lincolns to the 427 Ford cross-bolted NASCAR motor, which is one superb motor by any standard.