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216 or not???
#62038 Thu Jun 22 2006 11:44 PM
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Hello all, I have a 1947 Art Deco Iím looking to get it running it has the original 216 it turns but it turns hard. Iím wondering should start be rebuilding the 216 or upgrade to a 235 or 261 budget is limited. Any thoughts?

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Re: 216 or not???
#62039 Fri Jun 23 2006 12:24 AM
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give the 216 to a high school... if we don't start letting the kids experiment w/ this old stuff it's a sad place.
go w/ 250 or 261

just two weeks ago a 250 and 4 speed tranny i looked at were given away b4 i got it. i did see it and she was very complete. it was removed from a camaro and a new 350 V8 replaced it.... for a hopped up camaro resale

they're out there

pull the plugs b4 you turn it over


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Re: 216 or not???
#62040 Fri Jun 23 2006 12:40 AM
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Give that old 216 a shot. You might be surprised. Can't hurt to at least start it and see what it sounds like.

Re: 216 or not???
#62041 Fri Jun 23 2006 12:45 AM
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I tried starting it but the starter will not turn it over unless I put 12v to it. does anybody know a good place to look for engins?

Does anybody know a good place to look for engines?

Re: 216 or not???
#62042 Fri Jun 23 2006 01:40 AM
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Could it be that the starter has problems? See if the engine will turn over by hand. If the engine is free, it could be bad windings in the armature.
For an engine if you do need one, check the parts for sale forum, I have seen at least 2 235s for sale in the last few days. Hemmings Motor News and Cars&Parts may yeild them also.


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Re: 216 or not???
#62043 Fri Jun 23 2006 01:54 AM
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Longbox is correct about checking the starter first. You can get 216 rebuilt kits at Kanter, Chevs of the 40s, The Filling Station and several other places. Kanter offers a lifetime guarantee on theirs and they aren't much more expensive. If you want to keep your truck numbers matching you have to keep the 216. If that doesn't matter you can put anything you want in it. My 38 is my first 216 & I've kinda grown partial to it. It's a pretty cool old engine.


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Re: 216 or not???
#62044 Fri Jun 23 2006 02:21 AM
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the starter seems fine.

Re: 216 or not???
#62045 Fri Jun 23 2006 04:40 AM
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1947RBT:

My advice on what engine to throw in there depends upon what you're going to use the truck for.

The 216 is a great little engine. I can work on it. The main drawback is that with the babbited bearings and the splash oiling, you can't rev it over 3000-3500 without blowing something.

The full pressure 235 is also a great little engine. You can wind it out to 4500 without messing anything up, and it's also easy to work on. To swap in a 235, there's not a whole aweful lot that you have to do. It's pretty much, "pull the 216, drop in the 235, wipe hands on pants".

Anything larger (261), GM (228, 248, 302), or newer (230, 250, 292, V8) will have a longer "modification" procedure for the swap. They can (and have) all been done before, and all of the owners who have done the swap seem to like their new engines.

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As Tiny mentioned, if you want a "numbers matching", "completly correct" restoration, then the 216 has to stay.

If you just want to tool around a little bit on weekends, then the 216 should be fine for that, too. A Full Pressure 235 would also work well in that application.

If you're going to drive it every day, then I'd probably throw a 235 (or maybe even a 261 or a 292, if I could get my hands on one) in there. Something a little newer and a little bigger.

I'd stay away from the V8. IIRC, there is a fairly extensive steering mod that is necessary on the AD trucks. Of course, I'm pretty lazy. I don't like doing any more work than necessary.

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Regarding the starter issue:

I am now going to ask some fairly obvious questions... I didn't see the answers above.

What happens if you hand crank it? Is it difficult to crank, or does it move freely?

Is there oil in the crank case?

If yes, when was the last time it was changed?

Is the starter a 12v starter?


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Re: 216 or not???
#62046 Fri Jun 23 2006 11:39 AM
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In their day,the 216 was an equal to similar sized engines,even those with full pressure lubrication.Frank McGurk,the famous Chevy and GMC tuner,used to race modified 216 and 235 splash oil lube engine with the stock oiling system.He claimed the goofy oil system was reliable up to 150 HP and 4200 rpm's.This is circle track racing where the engine was full throttle for quite a period of time.Athough McGurk did modify cranks for full oiling,he claimed that up to the limits mentioned above,there was no reliability difference between the two oiling systems.Big Chevy trucks with these engines were driven wide open against the governor(about 3200 rpm)for hours on end.As a young man I had a job delivering stone using an early 50 ish 6 wheel Chevy dump truck powered by a 235 splash engine.I drove it like a typical kid,every gear reved to the max,wide open down the hiway,beat the snot out of it.After about 8 months of brutal treatment,the rod bearings did get to knocking,the mechanic re shimmed the rods,and off I went for more abuse.
Much of the "fragile" reputation is from worn out engines in need of an overhaul many years after the 216 was out of production.Or engines hacked by home mechanics who messed up the adjustment on the oiling system.
If a completely original truck isn't important,a later 235 is a better choice,easier and cheaper to rebuild properly and more powerful of course,and more reliable id you drive foot to the floor all the time..But if the old splash oiler is in fine shape,run it hard till it blows,lol.
The 216 is sorta like the Flathead Ford V-8,some say it's an overheating gutless pig(me)but it was the hot rodders choice for 25 years.
Brendan M by the way,if a 235 fits,so will a 261,they are both identical in external size.

Re: 216 or not???
#62047 Fri Jun 23 2006 12:52 PM
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Originally posted by Tony:
Brendan M by the way,if a 235 fits,so will a 261,they are both identical in external size.
Huh.

I thought that they were taller.

[shrugs]


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