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Re: Cruising down the road
Green_98 #1311643 Thu May 23 2019 02:32 PM
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Green 98
You drove your truck with a 216 at 50-55 miles an hour?

Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311646 Thu May 23 2019 02:36 PM
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What is a TIRE's rolling diameter? This what is needed to calculate RPMs.

If the tires are on the truck, just measure the outside diameter.

Nonetheless, with that rear end, I think I'll agree with Green 98's big_eek


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Cruising down the road
tclederman #1311647 Thu May 23 2019 02:38 PM
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I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Thanks

Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311654 Thu May 23 2019 03:02 PM
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Yes I would run at 50mph with the 216 and 3-speed column shift. The engine sounded busy, but not overworked.

Check out this video, this truck is very similar to mine, except mine now has a 1955-1957 261 and swapped to the Muncie SM420 4-speed. I had it up to about 53mph on a 4-mile stretch of open 4-lane last weekend and it did just fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3DQP9hf8KM

Last edited by Green_98; Thu May 23 2019 03:10 PM.

-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311656 Thu May 23 2019 03:24 PM
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Here's a couple more videos of a stock form Stovebolt at cruising speed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFg0yl8vm9I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTg17YgQS78


Last edited by Green_98; Thu May 23 2019 03:57 PM.

-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311661 Thu May 23 2019 04:28 PM
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Drove my 48 Chevy coupe from Minneapolis to Dallas back before there was an I35 at 60 to 65mph. Oil pressure was zero at idle and 11psi at cruising speed. Sold it to my wife's brother who was a teenager and he drove the snot out of it for another three years---they were not that fragile.


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Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311667 Thu May 23 2019 05:36 PM
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I had a bone stock 3100 with a 216 and 4.11 rear end gears and drove it 900 miles at 55 MPH the whole way. Some might find the sound alarming. Sounded like music to me.

Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311689 Thu May 23 2019 08:58 PM
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I have a 62 1 ton panel , stock 235 with about 75,000 miles on it and I have run 13 hour 650 mile days at 60 mph and 3000 rpm without a hickup .
The engine noise helps cover up the rattling in back of all the spare parts I carry.
John


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Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311796 Fri May 24 2019 03:01 PM
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I think the louder engine noise (valve clatter, etc.) scares some of us, especially compared to a quieter "modern" vehicle. Drive it! smile


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Re: Cruising down the road
Elmo #1311818 Fri May 24 2019 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Elmo
Green 98
You drove your truck with a 216 at 50-55 miles an hour?


With the 216, 4.11, and 3 spd, mine seemed to have two "sweet spots" it felt best at- 45mph, and 58 mph. I've taken it on a few trips a few hours away at 58 mph all day. If I remember right, it was at around 2,800 rpm.

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