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#892965 Mon Oct 29 2012 01:10 PM
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Did any of you see this sell...it was at $110K when they went to the next car.

This is my question about the engine. It was advertised and announced as having a 292 GMC engine. It still had the 3 sidedraft Webers on it and with the Jimmy being a longer engine and the manifolds not interchanging I don't think it was a Jimmy...OR a stock Chevy 292 head. The intake wouldn't fit either one so was it a one off custom intake on a bored/stroked 270 GMC or what? This thing was running races in the late 50's-early 60's before there was a 292 Chevy engine.

Any ideas?
Incidently, it ran an 11.97 1/4 mile as it's best time.


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it was a 292, why would they be mistaken? look at pics here, don't think that's a stock intake grin the race records were after 67, the 292 started in '62 [?]

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Looks like a GMC to me. Not a Chevy, Just a highly modified GMC!


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The engine in the Corvette is not a 292 production engine. Look at pictures here. Notice the location of the distributor.

The 'vette engine may be a 270 GMC bored to 292.


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"it was a 292, why would they be mistaken?"

Mecum would advertise whatever they are given and verification is not their thing. Also people have been known to make mistakes. So your question should read why "couldn't" they be mistsken?

As for the intake manifold(s) it appears in the pictures noted in the thread that there are 3 individual ones. I don't have any idea what they originally were but now that I've seen the photots I will ask a customer of mine who owns 2 53's. He will know for sure.


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bored and stroked 261?

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good catch on the dist position Cletis, someone should point that out to Mecum grin then the list top left of the Mecum site shows the engine as a 301ci headscratch OTOH, it's now a "restored" car, so who knows what it currently is - here's a HAMB thread where the 'restorer' comments

I don't believe the car ever had or was claimed to have a stock intake Dave, which was your question, but it's everywhere represented as having the Webers - and considering the car was previously part of Mecums personal collection, it seems he should know what engine it campaigned with, if not what's in it now

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I'm on the modified 261 bandwagon. The head definitely isn't a late model, and the side cover is wrong for a 292 also. It's fairly easy to get a 261 up close to 300 Cubic Inches by boring and stroking, and those intake manifolds are readily available for the Weber carbs it's running. I ran a bunch of those DCOE's on sports car race tracks. Good carbs, but you'd better be spending a sponsor's money to run 'em!
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Clifford Engineering did have a kit to put the 292 crank in a 250. That would put the distributor in the right place. It would also be low deck block, hood clearance, and weigh less. I've read that it is not an easy conversion.

Larry

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Larry, I don't know the dateline on the modifications so I suppose it could be after the 250 was introduced but from what I've read it appears to be before the 250. Just another thought.
The 261 idea seems reasonable however but it's a Chevy, not a GMC so back to the factualness of the listing.
Jerry, are you saying the manifolds are not OE GM types? Again, I don't know the 53-54 vette' engines but I always thought it used a more conventional log style intake. So if not GM what are they?

Also...no one has meantioned the selling price. Anybody know?


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