YES, you make an OUTSTANDING point on that one, Roy (TNFASTBK). I am reminded of an old saying,"do as I say, not as I do
Seriously though, I believe it should depend on one's intended usage. This is a grand opportunity for me to provide additional dialogue and clarification as I believe it bears emphasis. For example:
The 545 that is going into my '73 Mach I will be essentially a "race" motor with very little (if any) street time. It is being designed to safely turn 7500 RPM and to make maximum horse power. BIGGER in this case would have been a 598 or a 604 which would have necessitated a non-stock block. For my hobby racing purposes, BIGGER would not have been optimum
My '73 Grandé was built primarily for cruising, hence the more sedate 472 which was built for maximum torque (street domination?) at a much lower RPM. Again, since the motor does not have to live at 7500 RPM, there is no need for the bigger/stronger stroker crankshaft, fully ported aluminum heads, large modified carburetor or Mechanical Roller camshaft that I will be running in the 545.
So I must modify my original statement to say "BIGGER is not always better, BUT sometimes it is - - dependent upon intended usage."
Again, THANKS Roy for the opportunity to provide additional emphasis