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gcusick 06-29-2002 05:08 PM

Chevy 283 engine
I really need help here. I'm restoring a 58 Chevy Apache pick-up. I've got a 58 283 engine I'm putting together. It's been rebuilt to factory specs, and I'm getting the bolt-on items now. My problem lies in the crankcase breather pipe. Mine is missing, and I have been unable to locate one. GM Restoration parts shows one in their catalog, but they can't supply. What I really need to know is this: Does anybody know if this breather pipe contains a PCV valve in it? Or is it just a pipe that vents out from the back of the block? Anybody out there that can answer my questions, I'll one step closer to getting my truck on the road.

Jim Weeks 06-29-2002 05:57 PM

Try calling Performance Automotive Warehouse in California at 1 (818) 998-6000. They can probably tell you what you need and ship it to you.

Tom 06-29-2002 06:09 PM

You can stick a freeze plug in it and run a PCV, the PCV will eliminate the sludge that will inevitably be deposited in your oil pan but if you have to have one I might know where one MIGHT this guy P&F auto parts monson mass tel 1 800 244 5167 he's got a few 283s out in the yard

78 monte 06-29-2002 07:28 PM

I have seen on some of the 60s cars had a pcv on the oil filler tube and used the rear block breather as a fresh air return.
Also corvette central sells the breather setup for the back breather.

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