Voodootrance46s

1938 engine in my 51 Special?

Recommended Posts

I have what I believe is an engine from a 38 Buick, I was wondering what needs to be done to make it work in the 51? Granted this engine will only be temporary till I find a 263. Is it worth the hassle? Any input would be great! Thanks in advance.

post-109078-143143068772_thumb.jpg

post-109078-143143068774_thumb.jpg

post-109078-143143068777_thumb.jpg

post-109078-143143068744_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is the stamped serial number? 1939 and later have a stepped inlet manifold

Do you have photo from the front and side?

From 1948? the engines had a side engine mount. Before 1948 or 1947? engine support was from the front by a plate

You need to find a later engine

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Voodoo, is the engine pictured the "'38"? I believe, from what I can see, that is a later engine. May we see a picture of the left [driver] side near the front of the engine?

I can see the side motor mount. A '38 would not have that. The manifold of a '38, which this appears to be, would mount on a later engine. The bell housing appears to be for an older car. Do you believe this to be a '38 because it was mounted in a '38? If we can see the lower left front side of this engine, an answer may be forthcoming.

Ben

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Block is from 1953.

71028844

7102884 = sequential number, 1953 started at 6,950,620

4 = Series 40 (Special), making it a 263

If it was a 1938 it would decode like this:

71028844

7 = Series 70 (no series 70 in 1938, but if there was this would be a 320)

1028844 = sequential number, range for 1938 was 3396937 to 3572651

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I remember correctly, the 53 Special engine came with modern type main bearings, no longer babbit bearings. I looked for a long time for one of these for my dad's '38 Special, but never found one until after he'd sold the car.

Ed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If I remember correctly, the 53 Special engine came with modern type main bearings, no longer babbit bearings. I looked for a long time for one of these for my dad's '38 Special, but never found one until after he'd sold the car.

Ed

Yes , Ed, the '53 had insert rod bearings. Actually the 1948 was the last babbitt . In '48, '49, and '50 there was a 248, same as '38. Except with the inserts. 1950 was the last year for the 248, in the Special, and the first 263, in the Super .

Edited by First Born
spelling (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One last thing for now, so I would need to replace the old bell housing? Or the clutch arm?:confused:

Thank you Ben and Sean for the help, will keep posting further progress!

-Harvey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now