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#675939 - Mon Sep 06 2010 12:21 PM 235 bellhousing
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Loc: 80 miles west of Joliet IL.
I picked up a 55 car 235 engine. I need a bell housing and flywheel, to get this thing fired up on my garage floor. So what year car or truck parts will I need to look for, that will bolt up to this engine?

TIA. Brian
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#675946 - Mon Sep 06 2010 12:45 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: 55 SHAKER]
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Depends on what you are going to put the engine in? The bell housing from any 216, 235, 261 and early V8 will fit.
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#675955 - Mon Sep 06 2010 01:16 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: 55 SHAKER]
Hotrod Lincoln Offline
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The car and truck bellhousings will both bolt on, but I believe the car type won't have bolt holes for the stomp starter linkage. Be sure and match up the flywheel and starter, for either 6 volt or 12 volt- - - -the tooth spacing is different.
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#675957 - Mon Sep 06 2010 01:18 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: Yakimabowtie]
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The early V8 bellhousing will fit the 194-292 6-cylinder engines, not the 216-261 types.
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#675958 - Mon Sep 06 2010 01:23 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: Yakimabowtie]
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you will need a 235 flywheel and matching starter,216, 235, 261 car or truck bellhousing,, but i don't think a v8 bellhousing will fit as was previously mentioned. good luck. garyg
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#675967 - Mon Sep 06 2010 02:10 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: Hotrod Lincoln]
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Loc: Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

???

It is not just an issue of the clutch housing being able to bolt to the engine/block. The donor clutch housing should match the style for the year of the recipient truck. (Yakimabowtie's question is pertinent.)

The 1953 and earlier truck 216/235 clutch housing has a different motor-mount angle (and different motor mounts) from the 1954 and later 235/261 truck's clutch housing.

Also, I think that some 261 clutch housings might have been set-up for a hydraulic clutch (and maybe the throw-out bearing fork on the opposite side)? I dimly recall that I could not use my 1960 big-truck 261's clutch housing in my 1954 1/2 ton truck.

Brian, did your 55 truck not come with a clutch housing??
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#676021 - Mon Sep 06 2010 05:30 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: tclederman]
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First off thank you all for your replies.

Yakimabowte----Not putting the engine in anything, I'm putting it on the garage floor.

Tim,---- Yes my 55 truck has everything, but I don't want to tear it apart.

All I want to do is fire this engine up and see if it's any good.(it'll be a spare engine).
All I need is a flywheel, starter, and bellhousing. I know that 55-59 235 car or truck will work. I just need to know what else will work, to help in my search. "I won't" be using these parts to bolt it in my truck.

Brian
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#676046 - Mon Sep 06 2010 07:04 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: 55 SHAKER]
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Just about any 216-235-261 bellhousing, flywheel, and starter will work, from the mid-40's to early 60's, as long as you don't mix up years and get a mismatch between the starter and flywheel. I think the early 40's flywheel had a different number and/or spacing on the crankshaft bolts. If you're using the car bellhousing, the solenoid-type starter would be needed, since there's no provision for the stomp start on the car bellhousings after 1948 or so.
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#676057 - Mon Sep 06 2010 08:14 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: Hotrod Lincoln]
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Jerry,

How will a 216 clutch housing (bell housing) work in a 1955 truck?

The clutch housing has a different angle for the rear motor mounts. And, because the motor mounts are in a different location, the 47-53 rear motor mounts are a different design relative to the 54-84 rear motor mounts.

The shape of the rear motor-mount frame cross-member changed in 1954 (that is why no frame cross-member and transmission mount was needed after 1954 for manual transmissions).

Yes, of course a 6v or 12v clutch assembly should be used, depending on which is intended to be used in the 1955 truck
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#676060 - Mon Sep 06 2010 08:17 PM Re: 235 bellhousing [Re: tclederman]
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Tim, I think that Brian is only looking to set the engine up so that it can be run on a stand, not necessarily installed in a truck at this time. That being the case, what the bellhousing is won't really matter, as long as it bolts up to the engine itself.
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