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#130824 Fri Dec 21 2001 09:19 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 2
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i am wanting to swap out the old 216 thriftmaster in a 54' chevy 1/2 ton
and i ran into quite a few questions
the anticipated motor is a 235 from a 55' chevy 210 sedan the motor only has about 65k milesand ran very well when it was pulled about 3 years ago and replaced with a 383 stroker, i feel that the $100 price is very reasonable as it includes everything that came out to make the motor swap
the irst question is the water pump I've been told that a shorter one is needed, is this an off the shelf item or do i have to order it from chevy duty, does this pump use the stock pulley and fan??
the truck still has an early 6 volt system and will be converted to 12 volt with the engine swap will the starters swap or is there a difference in the number of teath on the flywheel or flexplate
will the flywheel swap from the the 216 onto the 235??
are the motor mounts the same?
do i have to get a different lower radiator hose?? will the water pump have the same size inlet??
any help would be appreciated as i am a rookie to this old chevy stuff

#130825 Fri Dec 21 2001 11:58 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
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Try the Stovebolt tech tips
and search "Engine & Driveline" for "235 swap." Lots of info.

#130826 Sat Dec 22 2001 01:26 AM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 36
Are you sure the engine is a 216? Many of the 1954 truck engines I have seen are 235 high pressure.
The reason I ask is that Chevy drastically dropped off the use of the 216 after 1953.

[ 12-21-2001: Message edited by: lil' johnny ]

#130827 Tue Jan 08 2002 12:06 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,814
Unless it is a 53 registered as a 54, the 54s all have the 235 as far as I know. Does your truck have the single windshield?

54 3100 with 235
62 flatbed dump C60 with 261

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