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#742457 - Mon Apr 25 2011 05:43 PM 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference
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Registered: Thu Oct 07 2010 01:29 AM
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Loc: Florida
I'm rebuilding a 250 from the ground up. What modifications make the biggest difference for gaining power? The engine will be going in a truck which will occasionally pull a trailer but mainly be a daily driver. Should I use I use a 4bbl carb or two singles? what cam? any other helpful hints to get the best all-around performance out of the old girl.
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#742626 - Tue Apr 26 2011 10:51 AM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Conductacator]
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Loc: Lee's Summit Mo. 64086
The cheapest and easiest is to add 307 Chevy flat top pistons to raise the compression up around 9 to 1. They bolt right in with out any modifications. Add a 292 exhaust manifold, 3 bolt outlet are 2 1/2" diameter pipe. A small 450 cfm four barrel may help and a little head work, add bigger valves if doing a valve job, not worth it if head is OK.

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#742761 - Tue Apr 26 2011 08:13 PM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Joe H]
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bad news... got the the engine completely torn down today... its already been born .40 over. Its a piece of junk. back to the drawing board.
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#742836 - Wed Apr 27 2011 12:58 AM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Conductacator]
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They bolt right in?
You mean, after taking the engine apart down to the bare crankshaft? Not my idea of "bolt in".
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#742887 - Wed Apr 27 2011 10:39 AM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Conductacator]
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How much taper wear do the cylinders have? If there's less than .005" of taper, a re-ring job at .040" oversize won't be a problem. I've built a few 250's to .060" oversize, but they were short-life race engines so a long-lasting rebuild was not a concern. The 307 pistons have all the same dimensions as the 250, including weight, so they're a direct swap. They just have flat tops instead of dished, which raises the compression. I've also done a .050" head mill job on a few engines along with the 307 pistons without getting into piston/valve interference problems with a stock-lift cam, and the engines still ran regular gas without detonation problems. The 292 exhaust manifold is a good suggestion, but they're a little hard to find. If you decide to find another block, the 230 can be used to build up a 250, with just a crankshaft change. The bore size is the same.
Jerry
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#742888 - Wed Apr 27 2011 10:42 AM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: panic]
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What I mean is, they fit with out any modification to the rod or piston, they are a direct replacement for the stock piston only they have provide more compression.

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#743529 - Fri Apr 29 2011 05:01 PM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Joe H]
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Water in the cyls and pretty bad scoring. I just junked it and cut my losses. But if any one has a 230/250/292 for sale near by let me know.
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#743684 - Sat Apr 30 2011 10:11 AM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Conductacator]
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Since you are on the hunt again, go for a 292. It will make more power and torque right off the bat.

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#743709 - Sat Apr 30 2011 01:40 PM Re: 250 mods... what makes the biggest difference [Re: Conductacator]
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Originally Posted By Conductacator
if any one has a 230/250/292 for sale near by let me know.


Not nearby, but I've got a rebuildable 250 long block, serial # FO421CAB in south central Tennessee. Standard bore, no rust, with what appears to be a good cylinder head. IM me if you're interested. I love to horsetrade- - - -what ya got?
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