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Engine for my 51 pickup
#1334807 Fri Nov 22 2019 03:44 PM
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I'm starting a new project with no engine or trans. I want to stay with an inline 6 and a 4 speed tranny. I can get my hands on a stock 292 and need advice on what to expect if I purchase that one. It sounds like the 292 is an awesome engine with lots o power. I'm hoping to spice it up a little with headers and a carb, maybe a cam. Your thoughts!?

Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334881 Sat Nov 23 2019 12:22 AM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt. So if you have no engine or transmission, is there a torque tube attached to the rearend? That will be a factor in how you proceed.


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Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334882 Sat Nov 23 2019 12:26 AM
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Also, these guys will want to know what truck (make and year) you will be working on.


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Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334889 Sat Nov 23 2019 12:57 AM
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292 swap is definitely not a drop in and drive deal.
Too long to clear radiator.
Weird motor mounts.
Rear axle needs to be switched to modern open driveshaft.

Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334894 Sat Nov 23 2019 01:15 AM
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This is for my 1951 Chevy 3100 pickup. I have no engine, trans or rear-end.
I've read that if I went with a 292 I would need to move the radiator and I've read that it will fit as is. So what is the deal? I know the mounts are offset so that I know will need to be modified. Should I go for a 250 instead?

Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334907 Sat Nov 23 2019 02:28 AM
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I would suspect the 250 would be the same as the 292 since they are in the same engine series.
Am I correct?

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Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334919 Sat Nov 23 2019 03:16 AM
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The 216, 235 & 261 are one family of inline engines and the 230, 250 & 292 are the newer family.

Since you need everything you have a clean slate to work with.

How good are your modification skills? If you're going with a manual trans you'll need to pay attention to the clutch pedal linkage/setup...are you staying stock with that?

Lots to consider, but all doable.

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Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334929 Sat Nov 23 2019 04:55 AM
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Sounds like I need to stay with a 292. If I need to modify mite as well make it worth while. I can deal with some modifications if not too major. Not sure what stock is but I would like a 4 speed manual. I was reading that the Muncie M20 or the SM465 were good. Not sure how they play in to the 292 idea. Still lots to learn for me.

Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334952 Sat Nov 23 2019 02:15 PM
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I put a 292 in a 1950 PU and a 1940 passenger car without moving the radiator.
There are three lengths of water pumps that fit that series of engines. I used the shortest, along with a flat face flex fan.


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Re: Engine for my 51 pickup
51Gib #1334965 Sat Nov 23 2019 03:22 PM
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Thanks Dave, that is really good to know. Where do you find info on the water pumps?
Were you happy with putting the 292 in your 50? Also, what trans and rear end did you use?
Thanks to all for this great info!

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