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dstray #1388448 Tue Dec 15 2020 02:09 PM
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dstray #1388461 Tue Dec 15 2020 03:05 PM
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LOL That's to funny DADS50 maybe we could hook up a few reindeer to the front and deliver a few gifts. Thank you guys for all the help ill keep you informed. Have any of you had any dealings with hotroddirtys ?

dstray #1388470 Tue Dec 15 2020 03:38 PM
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It’s a 53-55.1 235 with a 216 style valve cover. Which is good.

Buy it all ready! 😎

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dstray #1388500 Tue Dec 15 2020 06:52 PM
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Since you're a new buyer, make sure you confirm the serial number on the title matches something on the truck cab or engine before laying down your money. It was common when this truck was new for States to use the engine number on the title. If the original engine is gone, the title now doesn't match anything on the truck...

Every State has a work around for this problem, but it does add a lot more heart burn to the deal. Just go at it with your eye's wide open and you'll be fine!

Happy Holidays!

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dstray #1388533 Tue Dec 15 2020 10:40 PM
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I had a 216 with the short side cover. It seems to me the side cover had creases that ran corner to corner so the markings resembled an X. It's hard to tell, but I don't think this side cover has the X mark. I wonder if they used different short side covers for a 216 versus the 235.

dstray #1388560 Wed Dec 16 2020 02:05 AM
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Didn't the "early" 235's have the 216 valve cover? The short height pushrod cover gives it away as a 235.

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

dstray #1388563 Wed Dec 16 2020 02:24 AM
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Bubba - Curmudgeon
On USA 235s, the shorter side cover gives it away as a later, high-pressure 235 or a 261?

Tim []
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [] - 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. []
dstray #1388599 Wed Dec 16 2020 01:37 PM
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As Mike says, be sure to verify truck SN, especially if it was military, they didn’t care much about titles.


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
dstray #1388618 Wed Dec 16 2020 03:16 PM
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thank you all again I have learned so much. I will keep you informed

dstray #1389059 Sat Dec 19 2020 07:28 PM
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My 51 Chev truck had its original engine replaced sometime in the 1950s. That owner had the title changed to match the new engine. In the mid-seventies I swapped that engine for another one from another pickup and sold that pickup. So now my title no longer matched the engine number. Fortunately again my title had the license plate number on it.

In time, in an effort to keep prisoners at the state prison busy, the state made everybody buy new license plates. I realized that if I got the new plate there would be nothing connecting my title with the actual truck. So I hustled down to the State Patrol for an inspection to talk them into using the number on the door pillar for the title. I explained the train of events.

The young officer began scraping the frame looking for a number with his flashlight, which he didn't find and was confused because GMC trucks did have frame numbers. He was about to impound the truck when a veteran officer came out to inform him that Chevrolet trucks did not have frame numbers. The old officer looked at the paperwork I had and at the license plate that matched the title and signed off on a new title using the door post number. Whew! That door-post plate was riveted on with special rivets and I've been very careful not to disturb them when doing body work and paint.

51 3800 PU, 55 235 (w/cam, headers, 2 carbs, MSD ign.), SM420 & Brown-Lipe 6231A 3spd aux. trans, stock axles & brakes. Owned since 1971.
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