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New engine for my 37 Chevy p/u

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I have two engine projects going on right now,one is gathering parts to put a original engine back in my 55 Ford and the other is for my 37 Chevy p/u,the one for the 37 is a 60 235 to replace a 57 235 that needs a crank but still runs. Was wanting to paint it a original 37 color but at 25 dollars a rattle can and 150 a quart its getting a tractor gray,was going to see if I could find a running 37 216 but did not want to give up 50 hp since I can keep up with traffic with the 235.

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nice! good call on the paint. sometimes it just isnt worth it when you can wear rose colored glasses!

 

lol

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The 235 is a much better choice for the truck. The 216 had babbitted bearings a splash oiling system. I believe it's getting difficult and expensive to rebuild an engine with those bearings, and the splash system in those old Chevys worked poorly at best when driving at higher speeds.

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another point to consider- is using a higher ratio rear. the ones that matched your 235 are capable of cruising at 70mph-auto

 

my 216 wagon strains at 55 mph-stick

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If want more power, triple Carter YFs were stock Chevvy items.

 

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The color looks great to my 70 year old eyes.

 

There was a topic on the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America 1933 thru 1936 forum approximately a year about the original engine color for 1930s Chevrolet engine.

 

Someone asked what the original color of gray was used and the consensus of the answer was "Yes".  Yes meaning Chevrolet used several suppliers and depending on the factory where the engine was built, the engine paint supplier, and paint batch the gray color could be different.  Same supplier and different batches could even be a different gray color.

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11 hours ago, George Smolinski said:

The 235 is a much better choice for the truck. The 216 had babbitted bearings a splash oiling system. I believe it's getting difficult and expensive to rebuild an engine with those bearings, and the splash system in those old Chevys worked poorly at best when driving at higher speeds.

It has 3.55 gears and a S10 T-5,the gears are too tall for the present 1957 235 to operate efficiently and was told that in 59 the sixes got a cam for better low rpm torque so before changing to 3.73s I will see how the new engine handles those gears.

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2 hours ago, Tinindian said:

The only better thing would if you had a 261 handy when you started your rebuild.

Yes I would have loved to have a 261 but never found one.

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I suppose you know howto tell a Pontiac 261 from a Chevrolet 235.  Only the 261 has the Captain's Bars.

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From what I have read no cars in the states got the 261,only the large trucks got them. The 261 was all over in the great white north.

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3 hours ago, cheezestaak2000 said:

another option would be the 261 cam in the 235, just like the original corvette

Too late now,I did have it apart enough where a cam change would have been very easy and wish I would have thought about doing that.

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On 12/2/2019 at 10:39 AM, padgett said:

If want more power, triple Carter YFs were stock Chevvy items.

 

 

The only six cylinder Chevrolet that offered STOCK triple carbs was the Corvette, and they were YH carbs, the H for horizontal, very expensive, and hard to find 

Edited by John348 (see edit history)

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I wish a 2 bbl intake was made for the 235/261 engines,the only early six I know that had a 2 bbl was the 302 GMC.  I do not want dual one bbl carbs.

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225 slant six had a 4-bbl option. as did the 250 OHC six from Pontiac.

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1 hour ago, padgett said:

225 slant six had a 4-bbl option. as did the 250 OHC six from Pontiac.

 

I think you got your manufacturers confused????

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