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Re: GM 350 In A 1946 2 Ton? [Re: mechanic58] #1170756 Thu Jun 23 2016 01:08 AM
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My son is leaning to having the original engine rebuilt. Gentleman here will put in all new valve seats, valve guides, so it can run unleaded, convert from Babbitt to Inserts, new pistons, timing chain and gears, camshaft bushings. In short a thorough job.
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Re: GM 350 In A 1946 2 Ton? [Re: 32vld] #1170788 Thu Jun 23 2016 03:48 AM
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In the long run, not a bad idea. I would do the same if I could swing it. You can often pick up a running engine for $4-500 to put in and get the truck back on the road until the original is ready to go back in. I know how badly downtime can hurt a business.

Re: GM 350 In A 1946 2 Ton? [Re: 32vld] #1171095 Sat Jun 25 2016 01:56 PM
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I believe 1954 is full oil and has the water pump in the right place.


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Re: GM 350 In A 1946 2 Ton? [Re: 32vld] #1171096 Sat Jun 25 2016 02:03 PM
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Bring this thread up to date.

Tuesday I brought home a 1954 235 that was originally in a 3800. We are getting that engine rebuilt. 19 more HP, less work because the engine does not need to be worked to replace the Babbitt bearings with inserts.

Hope that there are no major issues hidden preventing the 54 engine from being rebuilt.

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Re: GM 350 In A 1946 2 Ton? [Re: 32vld] #1171102 Sat Jun 25 2016 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 32vld

Hope that there are major issues hidden preventing the 54 engine from being rebuilt.


I certainly hope you inadvertently forgot the word "not" in the above sentence...unless you are a glutton for punishment.

The 1954 year engine is the best one for Deco era trucks. I hope it is rebuildable. The old style valve cover can be bolted to the newer engine making it look almost perfectly original.

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