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Identifying engines
#1172880 Thu Jul 07 2016 10:09 AM
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I have just saved a couple of 216 engines from the scrap man.
I can identify one as a '42 - '53 by the 839770 block casting number and I am happy with that.

The other has me confused. It has the short side plate + 2 studs valve cover. Block # 5843350 . I cannot find this number listed , any ideas anyone ?
Head # on this engine is 3835913 engine is painted green (a long time ago) has a 6v gen and starter.

Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1172910 Thu Jul 07 2016 05:05 PM
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Congratulations, your 216 is a 235.

Apparently the block is a 1953 - 235, and the head is a 1954 - 235.

http://hotrod.gregwapling.com/chev-trucks-47-55/canadian-chev.html

http://1954advance-design.com/Stovebolt-engine/casting-numbers.html

Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1172954 Thu Jul 07 2016 09:48 PM
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Thankyou very much Stove , a 235 eh, I'm very happy about that smile

Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1172963 Thu Jul 07 2016 10:52 PM
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I just pulled the valve cover (2 stud) off and find the gasket and head have the 4 screw holes for the later 235 valve cover .

Had me fooled smile

There are a couple of tight exh valves to free up , then I will see if it goes smile

Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1172978 Fri Jul 08 2016 01:48 AM
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Does it have the oil distributor on the drivers side, below the manifold. If not, it will be a full pressure, insert rod bearing engine with aluminum pistons (originally came with a Powerglide transmission in cars in '53). A quick tell for this engine is the presence of captain's bars on the block above the starter. Jackpot!
Carl

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Dusty #1173008 Fri Jul 08 2016 04:03 AM
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Carl, you must have been paying attention!


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Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1173015 Fri Jul 08 2016 06:01 AM
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Thanks Carl , there is no external oil distributor , no captains bars either , that I can see.

Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1173017 Fri Jul 08 2016 06:58 AM
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From the Canadian casting number site:

1953 235 ENGINE:

ENGINE # C642,669 CYLINDER BLOCK # 5843350
ENGINE # C642,948 [1300 SERIES] Block # 3695408 Head # 3835499 [261]

ENGINE C OR T THEN # 668,082
CYLINDER HEAD # 3701887
CYLINDER BLOCK # 5843350 CAST DATE L-10-2 DECEMBER 10 1952

1953 235 BLOCK:
ENGINE # C645,068 CAST # 5843350 CAST DATE L-16-2 DECEMBER 16 1952
BELL HOUSING CAST # 3701433

1953 1304 ½ TON PICKUP
# 3131403006 ENGINE # C649,323 # 5843350 [235]


1953 ½ TON 5-WINDOW PICKUP
# 3131417937 ENGINE # C714,130 CYLINDER BLOCK # 5843350


1953 235 ENGINE:
Cylinder Head # 3701887
Cylinder Block # 5843350

1953 235 ENGINE:
Cylinder Head # 3701887
Cylinder Block: # 5843350
Engine # C704,488

1953 CHEVROLET PICK-UP
3131402932
Cylinder Head # 3701887
Cylinder Block: # 5843350


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Re: Identifying engines
Pre '68 Dave #1173072 Fri Jul 08 2016 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Pre '68 Dave
Carl, you must have been paying attention!

No, not really. I just happened to luck into one when I bought my '50 3100.
BTW, his is Canadian with no oil distributor and he doesn't see captain's bars. Is it a full pressure engine?
Carl

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Re: Identifying engines
Dusty #1173075 Fri Jul 08 2016 11:38 PM
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No oil distributor = full pressure in my mind.


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