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Re: 216 dilemma
Rizzo #1426432 Sun Oct 10 2021 03:52 PM
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I agree with Jim and the others advocating for an early ('54 -'55 1st series -- or a crate motor built later but out of the '54 mold) 261. Bolt-in, easy swap, easier rebuild, more power, etc.etc. If you really want a driver, I say skip the 235 and go for the 261. Coupled with Tim's recommendation for the rear ring and pinion swap, you'll have a vastly more driveable truck without losing the "old truck" feel and drive.

If you do all this, be sure to go through the truck's brakes and front end, too. Don't trust any of the previous owners/sellers/brokers -- it's *your* life to lose in an accident, not theirs.


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Re: 216 dilemma
John Milliman #1426433 Sun Oct 10 2021 03:57 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
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Bubba
Originally Posted by John Milliman
. . .
If you do all this, be sure to go through the truck's brakes and front end, too. Don't trust any of the previous owners/sellers/brokers -- it's *your* life to lose in an accident, not theirs.

Heed John's advice: Check and set all front-end and brake-system parts to "factory specs".


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: 216 dilemma
Rizzo #1426457 Sun Oct 10 2021 09:13 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
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'Bolter
I had that exact setup too, 261 with 3.55 rear gears. Top speed was over 85. Amazing torque for hills.

Re: 216 dilemma
Rizzo #1426469 Sun Oct 10 2021 10:47 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 31,334
Bubba
thumbs_up yes


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: 216 dilemma
tclederman #1426492 Mon Oct 11 2021 03:32 AM
Joined: Sep 2021
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Rizzo Offline OP
'Bolter
Great advice from all. New to the forum and really glad I joined. 261 it is. I’m stoked to get started. Will help “make the truck a little more mine”. Thanks again. Look forward to more conversation.

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