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Old 08-12-2003, 06:06 PM
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Car 235ci into '53 Chevy Truck

I want to use a 55 Chevy Sedan 235ci six in my 53 Chevy truck mainly due to the truck's original 216ci doesn't have pressure oiler like the 235. I noticed the car 235 engine is slightly different than the truck 235ci mainly in mounting. Has anyone out there performed this swap that can give me some pointers? Will be running original drive line with three on tree in truck. Thanks for any and all help.

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Man, it's been a long time since I did that swap but I don't remember any major malfunctions.

I do remember that the bellhousing for the car had 2 mounting holes on each side and the truck has 1, but they interchange.
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That is arguably the most common engine swap in the history of mankind. In fact, it is rare to find the early 216/235 engines in place - the swap usually was made decades ago. Should be very straight forward.
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HEY NEW: Check out www.inliners.org That is all those guys eat, sleep and dream about. Plenty of good info there....DAVE
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THanks for the help guys looking at it it looks like the "square plug in the square hole" deal, but I try not to judge a book by it's cover thats why I asked. I guess theres no way to learn except by getting my hands dirty!
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Here is one problem to watch for. My 53 had a swap out with a mid 60's 230. Carb was not a manual choke but an automatic.
The big difference I had was that the throw out fork on the clutch was shorter, maybe due to coming out of a car with a hydraulic clutch, maybe not, I'm not sure. I do know that it was shorter than the original clutch throwout fork. The problem this created was not enough pedal slippage to take off. The clutch was either engaged or not engaged with nothing in the middle. I cut off a piece from the original fork and extended the arm about an inch and it works great now. The previous owner had burned out the clutch and probably one of the reasons he sold the truck is that it was hard to drive. It's sweet now. Just something to watch for.... Dave
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Obviously on mine, they had used the transmssion out of the same car they took the motor out of.... Dave
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With that combination it should be a piece of cake.....used to be heavy into in-liners but Jeez that was so many years ago I don't remember. Did the swap several times but don't remember any major problems at all.
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The 235 series is much different from the 230-250 later series. The most common, bolt in swap is a '54-'63 235 in place of an earlier 216/235. Externally identical engines, much better internally in later models.
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