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Re: G M C in my 53 ?
#83128 Fri Sep 21 2007 05:04 AM
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Thanks for all the advice Guys,
The other thing I didnt mention is that I am planning on useing a T-5 and I dont know how this will work out. I do have two other power plant options one is a non running 235 looks to be a good builder and the other is 1978 250 that runs great the downsides to it are I would really like to keep my foot starter and it has the intergrated head but on the upside it is in great running condition and made to run unleaded.I think I will still get the GMC and keep researching all 3 options. I have plenty of time to make the powerplant deciesion as of my game plan on this project is to get all the body rot repaired first. Thanks again Aaron

Re: G M C in my 53 ?
#83129 Fri Sep 21 2007 07:25 AM
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The gmc will run plenty fine on no lead gasoline. I put over 60,000 miles on one with no lead. When you tear it down it is a good idea to put the hardened seats in.

Re: G M C in my 53 ?
#83130 Mon Sep 24 2007 04:14 AM
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bigbadswingdaddy, the water pump from a 216 will bolt right on a GMC engine, I have done it several times. Aricheson, see if yo can find a core support from a GMC, the radiator will be positioned right. Front motor mounts will be a bit forward of the Chevy ones, I used F**d stock length spring shackles as spacers, they are just the right length. Everything else is a bolt it.

Re: G M C in my 53 ?
#83131 Mon Sep 24 2007 06:33 AM
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chevman, thanks for the correction. I had no idea.

Re: G M C in my 53 ?
#83132 Mon Sep 24 2007 01:21 PM
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chevman32,the late 1930's 216 pumps are probably interchangable with GMC,but for sure not the pumps from after that period.I just compared a early 50's 216 pump to a 228-302 GMC pump,bolt pattern spacing is not the same.
I installed a GMC 302 in a 37 Chevy pu,other than moving the radiator foward about an inch and a half by repositioning the radiator side brackets and fabricating a front mount,it's a no brainer swap.The GMC flat stle 11 inch flwheel and diaphram clutch fits inside a AD truck bellhousing with no problems.

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