The 57 motor is a good one to have. Hydraulic lifters, neoprene rear main seal, 848 head, uses precision bearings so no shims required or needed like the 55 and earlier motors. The timing cover will not have the two holes unless someone has already swapped in a timing plate that does, or drilled them. 55 was the last year for two different 235 motors (One for stick motors and one for automatic motors). All 57 cars got the same 6 motor regardless of what trans came behind it so yep, you can install a pilot bushing in the crank no problem. Just use a good one, preferably one made of oilite or similar material. The cheap bushings are not bronze, and some of the bronze bushings are not oilite type impregnated bushings so snoop around and pay a few extra dollars and get a good version. Also, don't grease the id of the bushing. It seals the bronze and the pores and prevents the oil from weeping out and lubing the tip of the transmission input shaft.
Last edited by Dragsix; Tue Nov 03 2020 04:45 PM.