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engine 216 235 292?
#1437328 Sat Jan 15 2022 02:44 AM
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i have a 1953 Chevrolet truck 3500. what to replace 216 and no babbitt bearings. engine suggestions? thank you

Re: engine 216 235 292?
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namyaw #1437335 Sat Jan 15 2022 03:15 AM
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namyaw #1437338 Sat Jan 15 2022 03:33 AM
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namyaw #1437410 Sat Jan 15 2022 07:53 PM
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You boys aren't helping. Y'all snowed in or something?

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namyaw #1437420 Sat Jan 15 2022 08:34 PM
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I strongly recommend a 235, or a 261 if you can find one. These are both bolt-in swaps. I currently have a 1948 235 truck engine (babbit/ splash-oiler) in my '53 3600. It is a very low-mileage engine I picked up from a guy who was swapping a small block into the 1.5 ton truck it came out of. I could not be happier with the way my truck runs, and the power this older 235 has! I use my truck as an actual work truck, and sometimes do drive on the interstate, as much as 70 miles at a stretch. I'm running a Carter YF carb, btw, and I also have the coveted 4.10 rear end gears. This truck will easily do 65-70 mph (with the tallest tires I could fit, I believe they're 235/75 R 16s).

230/250/292 will fit, but if I remember right from reading posts here, it will require moving the radiator forward. In my opinion, this is a better option than a V8. At one point, years ago, a mechanic friend talked me into putting a 350 sbc in this truck, after I had very naively thrown a rod in the late 50's 235 it had when I bought it. Sbc swaps involve moving the steering gear and fabricating motor mounts. In my case, I never got the 350 to cool properly and wound up fatally overheating it and ruining one of the heads. If I knew then (roughly 20 years ago) what I know now, I would have just had that first 235 rebuilt. In any case, after my ill-fated few years with the V8, I went back to Stovebolt 6s and will never look back.


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Re: engine 216 235 292?
52Carl #1437429 Sat Jan 15 2022 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
You boys aren't helping. Y'all snowed in or something?

Not yet but it's supposed to be on the way. How about a Cummins 4BT? 170 HP, 420 ft/lbs torque, no computer, and much better fuel mileage than any gas engine that comes anywhere close in performance to it. Think outside the GM inline six box!
Jerry


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namyaw #1437449 Sat Jan 15 2022 11:30 PM
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I'm voting for the 292. I tend to hoard them but the last one I bought on ebay in running condition with compression test was $500 delivered. There is some fab work involved in it but it's a great platform. Maybe someday you want to say bump it up to 1000 HP or so then you're ready. So there's that.


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Tyler Watts #1437469 Sun Jan 16 2022 02:47 AM
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thanks for the the advice.


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