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There ought to be some discussion of their name, since there has been some controversy over that name in the past. — cullen (talk) 22:20, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
BR-549, not BR5-49 was the original correct spelling. The original designation was for the 549 engine manufactured for the International farm pickup truck. The engine's huge cylinders used smaller pistons and thus the engine was designed to use wide piston rings, or "Broad rings". Thus, the engine was the "broad ring 549", or BR-549. The engine was instantly popular with farmers due to the huge displacement and horsepower. Internationals patented "Broad Ring" design allowed for intensely high compression in the cylinders. Unfortunately it had a tendency to overheat due to the fact that the cooling system was too small to cool the big-block engine. International stopped production after a few years as the BR-549 fell out of favor with farmers due to the overheating issue. You might say the "BR-549" was International's Edsel. The band chose it's name from the Hee Haw skit where Junior Samples (used car salesman) advertised his number as "BR-549". 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:55, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
In a case like this we can go with self published RS.--Canoe1967 (talk) 15:13, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
The album sleeves for the first 2 albums clearly show the name as BR5-49 (not BR-549). Robman94 (talk) 23:07, 13 August 2013 (UTC)