Originally Posted by Neophyte
Sorry to dig up an oldish thread but my questions relate to a few items mentioned here.
I can get the following engine from rlackey, in return for some welding work. Although it came from his '54 Belair it does seem to have the two valve cover studs you mention and not the slotted screws around the rim of the valve cover. Does this alone mean it's not the 'full oil pressure' motor or are there other things I should look at too like maybe casting numbers etc. You see here in S.A. it's possible they still had old stock on motors and used that instead of sticking with correct specs.
The '52 I want to put the motor into has got a factory fitted dash from a '50 and that's why I'm now wondering how to make sure.
Does the rocker arms look different if it has mechanical lifters?
How drivable is this combo of mods, apart from using the 2004R OD?
What kind of power does this combo make?
the '50-'52 235's were basicly the same as the 216 but has got a bigger bore and uses a little bit bigger carb. The engine you have a picture of is ither a 216 or a '50-'52 235 ( even tho the '53 engines are not full preassure oiling, but there not babbit bearing where the bearings are poured cast in the motor which the '50-'52's were ) the top attaching Valve cover with the 2 nuts on top. To tell if it is a 216 or 235 you can run the casting numbers found right to the left of the fuel pump and slightly below, or if it is original to the car, and it has a powerglide trans than it is a 235 any other way, it is a 216, cause the 235 was never offered with a 3 spd and the powerglide was never offered with the 216. stock early 235's are 6.6 to 1 comp ratio, you could probably go to 8 to 1 without a problem by shaving the head.