Car enthusiasts are commonly confronted with many different numbers referring to the size, or displacement, of an engine. Throughout the 1980s, the standard unit for measuring engine displacement in American-made cars was cubic inches, while the Europeans stuck with metric liters. American cars produced after that adopted this formula, but it is important to know how to convert liters back to cubic inches in order to compare engine sizes of classic cars. One of the most common 4.3-liter engines is the Chevy small-block V-6, which powered the Blazer SUV and pickup trucks.
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Enter 61.02 into a calculator. That's how many cubic inches are in a liter.
Multiply 61.02 times 4.3.
Round the result, 262.386, to the nearest whole number. Engine displacement is referred to only by a whole number. The result: 4.3 liters equals 262 cubic inches.
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