Slant 6 was great, lets not forget the Chevy inline 6's that we drove in the Chevy trucks, the 250 CI, with the 3 speed on the column, I learned to drive in a 1969 C-10, on the country roads of the Appalachian Mountains. In 2nd gear you could do one H$LL of a power slide through the curves on dirt, no wonder the driver instructor in drivers ed said, you really do well on these roads, I was 15 when I took drivers ed in High School.....It’s just hood height messing with aerodynamics and sleek design imo why it isn’t everywhere.
Way back in 70’s the slant six was a fix.
Banks isn't buying unfinished engines from GM for the jltv. He had the foundry's shut down, cleaned, and retooled. Then they cast the blocks to his specs. I'm not sure who did the heads, Edelbrock I believe was a possibility. Next they shut down the DURAMAX assembly line in Morraine Ohio, brought in the blocks cast for him, and then they assembled the longblocks using parts supplied by Banks including his stroker crank's, billet rods, and I believe he said steel monotherm pistons. He had pictures of all of it posted on facebook last year. They did all this while they were retooling for the new L5P. Now he is buying L5P engines from GM for marine use and other lighter duty short duration appmications, but the JLTV is all his baby.Him being the sole engine supplier of the duramax (he buys unfinished engines from GM) for the JLTV. Mid 50 thousand was last count I heard.