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Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
#1334696 Thu Nov 21 2019 11:42 PM
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I'm in the process of upgrading my truck from a 216 to a 235. I have the original distributor from the 216 will it work with the 235? The engine is a 1951. Please go easy on me as i'm a novice and i'm learning as I go.
Thanks for the help...

Last edited by Geoffrey562; Thu Nov 21 2019 11:57 PM. Reason: added content

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Re: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334697 Thu Nov 21 2019 11:54 PM
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What year 235?


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: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334698 Thu Nov 21 2019 11:55 PM
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Sorry its a 1951 engine.


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Re: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334702 Fri Nov 22 2019 12:15 AM
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A 1951 216 distributor into as 1951 235 engine?

The Master Parts Catalog shows two different 1951 carburetors - 216 vs 235.

Maybe someone knows the differences?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
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: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334703 Fri Nov 22 2019 12:19 AM
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i'm pretty sure i am using my original 216 distributor on my donor 53 235 engine, it was a fast job in the fall several years ago, so i'm hazy on the details, but seems to me the donor 235 had long lost it's distributor
i used all the working bits off the 216 when it started knocking
Generator, water pump, distributor, both manifolds with the carburetor, and the bell housing, i even took the spark plugs over to the "new" engine.
i wasn't gonna spend a dime on the switch smile
-s

Re: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334710 Fri Nov 22 2019 12:59 AM
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I bet that 216 and 235 distributors from the same years were/have-been interchanged (having different part numbers):
- among pre-1954 years
- among late 1955 and later years
- and, even among most 216/235/261 years?

Even though distributor gears differed significantly (as nicely described/documented by Pre '68 Dave).

Nonetheless, in 1951, there were two different part numbers.
Distributor weight springs are different.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
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: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334770 Fri Nov 22 2019 01:10 PM
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Sounds like a perfect time to convert to electronic ignition...


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261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334782 Fri Nov 22 2019 01:52 PM
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I'm quite sure that the advance curve is slightly different between the two, but it will fit fine.


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Re: Will a distributor from a 216 work on a 235 engine?
Geoffrey562 #1334784 Fri Nov 22 2019 01:57 PM
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I bet you can adjust the advance curve on some of those 6v/12v electronic ignitions/distributors.

But, be sure to carry a spare original-style distributor (tuned and ready to be installed when the electronic unit fails on a long trip)? thumbs_up


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
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]

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