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Is the Slant 6 1/2 a tank engine?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:26 pm 
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I tried in vain to find an answer for this on the Internet. Sort of feel like a fool for asking something like this, but here goes.

I used to be a mechanic in the military, and in mechanic school we were taught that the slant six was actually 1/2 of a V-12 that Dodge created for a gas-powered tank the US gov shut down. They split the V-12 in half, and eventually we got the slant-6.

Cool story, but is it true?


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No, the slant was a never a tank engine nor was it designed for it. The slant six was designed to power the Valiant and was originally drawn up as a slant-four. Well, it did'nt have enough power to pull a greasy string out of a cat's butt so the designers added two more cylinders and the 170 slant-six was born. And the rest is history.

Allpar.com has alot on the story of the Valiant and the development of the slant six.

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kdahlgren wrote:
I used to be a mechanic in the military, and in mechanic school we were taught that the slant six was actually 1/2 of a V-12 that Dodge created for a gas-powered tank the US gov shut down.


Completely false. The Slant-6 was a clean-sheet design that started life, from the earliest sketches, as a slant-6 (Jeb: It did not start out as a slant-4, not sure where that notion came from).

Years before the slant-6 existed, Chrysler did produce Sherman Tank engines consisting of five Flathead-six blocks bolted to a common crankcase, with all five crankshafts geared to a massive central common shaft, creating a "W-30" engine.

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Even the slant idea was already in use - the Mercedes 300SL

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SlantSixDan wrote:
... es, as a slant-6 (Jeb: It did not start out as a slant-4, not sure where that notion came from).


I have to say that I have read and heard about the slant 4 being the predecessor of the slant six telling the same tale that jeb posted here. Kinda makes sense, if you cut 2 cyls outta the slant six you have nuttin, man :lol:

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The old Tailfins.com site once mentioned an article on a military vehicle that used a pair of slant sixes, one at each end. They weren't able to confirm if this thing was real, but if it was, this might be how that rumor got started.

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I wonder if I could get that into my Dart??? :roll:

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One of the "legends" that used to be very prevalent was that the Slant was half a V-12 Porsche motor out of a Panzer tank. :shock:

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I'm sure someone on ebay will have the other half of one of those v-12 engines any day now. :roll:

I've already got the half that slants to the left. :wink:

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Actually, I'm not supposed to tell you this, because it's privileged information, but the Slant-6 was actually 1/25th of the 150-cylinder radial engine used to power the flying saucer that landed at Area 51 in 1948.

Shh! Don't tell anyone. I know I can trust you guys.

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http://www.valiant.org/history.html
Notes from the early experiments in small Chryslers, circa 1957. :?:

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SlantSixDan wrote:
Actually, I'm not supposed to tell you this, because it's privileged information, but the Slant-6 was actually 1/25th of the 150-cylinder radial engine used to power the flying saucer that landed at Area 51 in 1948.

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"Landed at Area 51"? I suggest you have that fact wrong, Dan. If I'm not mistaken, you're thinking of the one that >crashed< at Roswell, New Mexico.

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SlantSixDan wrote:
Actually, I'm not supposed to tell you this, because it's privileged information, but the Slant-6 was actually 1/25th of the 150-cylinder radial engine used to power the flying saucer that landed at Area 51 in 1948.


"Landed at Area 51"? I suggest you have that fact wrong, Dan. If I'm not mistaken, you're thinking of the one that >crashed< at Roswell, New Mexico.


SHHHHHHH!!!

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I seen a sputnik the other nite but i doint think it landed. I bet the kids doint know what a sputnik is. Thanks Ron Parker.












Turbo hmm now thats a thought. Help me Dan


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