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I'm considering a six banger project in a 1968 c10. It's more of a low buck cruiser with patina paint,lowered stance, torque thrust wheels. It's not a speed machine but I would like to do a hot six but not sure of a 250 or 292 with a 4 speed. Which is better to invest in?

Glad to here you're considering an inline. DARE TO BE DIFFERENT. We, my son and I, did and we're still happy with the choice. I have no experience with a 292, but I don't think you'll find anyone that will give you a sound reason to not use a 292. The 292 is harder, but not impossible, to find and a little bit more expensive to build. We had the original, numbers matching, stock 250 in a 67 C20 that we bought so we stuck with it. The truck is a daily driver 365 days a year in upstate NY (yeah......salt, salt brine and liquid calcium.) We took a stock, 1 barrel, 145 hp 250 and made a 235 hp hopped up 250. The mods are modestly priced and worth it; basically zero decked, mild 252 cam, lumps, bigger valves, Tom Langden cast headers with dual cherry bombs, Offy intake, 390 Holley and junkyard HEI. GREAT fun. It makes ALOT of noise and turns heads. Everyone in town knows the truck (just from the sound!)

FYI - we put in a T5 and it made a night an day difference and best of all it cost $250 ($100 used T5, $65 basic kit and $85 '85 Astro van low budget clutch that bolted onto the stock flywheel.)

Hop over to inliners.org and those guys are great - they will provide 10 times more input than I can.

X2 on Bogie's recommendation of grabbing the Inline power manual by Leo Santucci - it was our bible.

If you want to see what a 292 can do, then do a search on Cotton Perry and you'll see what can be done with a 292 (and that was back in the '70's!)

But basically, if you're not concerned with 60 ft and 1/4 mile times, STICK WITH THE SIX

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Years ago, i had a 63 nova with a 194. Bad motor so i put a 250 in it and used the 194 head on it to up the compression. Put a larger two barrell on it and backed it up with a four speed from a wrecked vega. That was a lot of fun because the four speed gave it alot of gears for the tq it produced.
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Back in the 60's, my girlfriend's Dad had a Chevy pickup with a 292 and a 3-speed stick. It ran circles around their 283 Impala, and 2/3's of the 327s in the area. You said you wanted a driver. Stock, in good shape, that will make a fine engine to get you around.
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in the truck i think you will like the 292 , the torque this engine has you can run taller gears for better crusin speed ,also Clifford makes aluminum heads,4 barrel intakes and 3 1 barrel carb intakes headers and much more ,with aluminum intake and head it will be close to the weight of a small block v8 since the 292 is Much heavyer than a sbc, onlt 23 lbs less than a big block,also almost all chevy trans missions will work 4 sp 5 spd or automatic. but most parts from other I6 engines will not fit. one note glad to hear Cotton Perry name again he ran a 64 nova 292 to a national record,he is from Ringold Ga.

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You can always bolt on one of these, there good for an additional 150 HP.
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in the truck i think you will like the 292 , the torque this engine has you can run taller gears for better crusin speed ,also Clifford makes aluminum heads,4 barrel intakes and 3 1 barrel carb intakes headers and much more ,with aluminum intake and head it will be close to the weight of a small block v8 since the 292 is Much heavyer than a sbc, onlt 23 lbs less than a big block,also almost all chevy trans missions will work 4 sp 5 spd or automatic. but most parts from other I6 engines will not fit. one note glad to hear Cotton Perry name again he ran a 64 nova 292 to a national record,he is from Ringold Ga.
Couple photos Cotton Perry.Nova 292
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You can always bolt on one of these, there good for an additional 150 HP.
I would if I could find one I've been following the inliners thread and waiting to here your production date.

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I do remember watching those 292's running in the 6 cylinder Alter classes. They would raddled your teeth buzzing up at the starting line.Amazing performance too!!!!.

Well those and the 300 Ford sixes.
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Glad to here you're considering an inline. DARE TO BE DIFFERENT. We, my son and I, did and we're still happy with the choice. I have no experience with a 292, but I don't think you'll find anyone that will give you a sound reason to not use a 292. The 292 is harder, but not impossible, to find and a little bit more expensive to build. We had the original, numbers matching, stock 250 in a 67 C20 that we bought so we stuck with it. The truck is a daily driver 365 days a year in upstate NY (yeah......salt, salt brine and liquid calcium.) We took a stock, 1 barrel, 145 hp 250 and made a 235 hp hopped up 250. The mods are modestly priced and worth it; basically zero decked, mild 252 cam, lumps, bigger valves, Tom Langden cast headers with dual cherry bombs, Offy intake, 390 Holley and junkyard HEI. GREAT fun. It makes ALOT of noise and turns heads. Everyone in town knows the truck (just from the sound!)

FYI - we put in a T5 and it made a night an day difference and best of all it cost $250 ($100 used T5, $65 basic kit and $85 '85 Astro van low budget clutch that bolted onto the stock flywheel.)

Hop over to inliners.org and those guys are great - they will provide 10 times more input than I can.

X2 on Bogie's recommendation of grabbing the Inline power manual by Leo Santucci - it was our bible.

If you want to see what a 292 can do, then do a search on Cotton Perry and you'll see what can be done with a 292 (and that was back in the '70's!)

But basically, if you're not concerned with 60 ft and 1/4 mile times, STICK WITH THE SIX

Good luck.

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I would if I could find one I've been following the inliners thread and waiting to here your production date.
As soon as I can get my foundry up and going I should be able to give a more accurate projection of when I can begin production. Im still making the fixturing and gathering tooling to machine them once I cast them.
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Couple photos Cotton Perry.Nova 292
mabe they print this time. cottons Nova's. cyl.
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chev 292

if you have a watter front lot and a boat,good for a ancher. lots of torque lots of gas tractor power or boat ancher
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292 ci six....Good or Bad thing?

Both the Ford 300 and Chevy 292 are fun to build and use. If you want to go all out Drag Racing both can really (if built correctly) give good times and performance. Neither are any cheaper but it is always fun to open the hood and show the car you just outran that there is an inline six in there. Two more to think about too are the Toyota inlines and also the BMW 6 series engines.
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