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I have a 1953 Chevy 3100 and I keep changing my mind on if I should put a different engine in it or keep the stock 6 cycinder in it. I would of course rebuild it. I'm really just looking for a cruiser and maybe a few times a week driving it to work and school. Does anyone have any opinions?

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Welcome to Hotrodder's Jon. A hint about thread titles to get best response - put plenty of info or a catchy title so readers are drawn to open it. Something on the order of "Should I keep my 1953 straight 6?" would have piqued my interest a lot more than the title you chose.

In answer to your question, by all means go with a straight 6. I put a tricked out 235 in my '53 pickup with a 200r4 OD tranny and 3:54 rear gears.



Love it. See more of my truck here. However, if you have the original 235 I highly recommend replacing it with a 1954-1963 235. In fact your truck may already have the newer engine (mine did when I bought it) since that was a very common swap back in the day. The reason for the seemingly silly swap is because the 235s from 1953 back did not have pressure lubricated rod bearings! They had dippers on the bottom of the rods that scooped oil out of the pan to lube rod bearings. Run low on oil and spin a rod. The 1954 and later engines have a modern full pressure oiling system and are rock solid. In fact, when GM stopped producing the 235 in 1964 they sold the production tools to Toyota which produced and installed the same 235 (w/ metric fasteners I presume) in the Land Cruiser way up into the '80s! Rumor has it that they even cast all the GM ID markings on the iron parts for the duration.

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I have a 1953 Chevy 3100 and I keep changing my mind on if I should put a different engine in it or keep the stock 6 cycinder in it. I would of course rebuild it. I'm really just looking for a cruiser and maybe a few times a week driving it to work and school. Does anyone have any opinions?
Louisville, isn't that home of the Fighting Farmers?

Unfortunatly, I'm not a fan of 6 cylindered engines. The one you're looking at is not a good choice even for a 6. They just were never designed for todays driving. So I'd never consider it for a daily driver. A restoration where it's
only occasionally used would be fine, but a daily driver I think is asking a lot for the distances and speeds you need to get from point A to B and back.

If you wanted to retain the visual integrity of the truck, new inline Chevy/GMCs will bolt right in and offer modern engine amenities like full pressue lubrication and full flow oil filtration. As well, the 250 and 292 have a numerous hot rod industry behind them supplying manifolds, cams, high compression pistons, etc. which allow you the option of improving power and efficiency of the inline.

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Thats great advice for the truck and posting! Thank you very much!
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