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I know very little about engines/cars and decided that I'm going to start restoring a 1953 Chevy truck. I was wondering if the the motor with the number 14088548 is any good, It ran when we pulled it out of a datsun and I was thinking of rebuilding it and putting it into my 1953 Chevy truck.
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14088548 350 86-88 155-195 2-bolt Truck Passenger stick 1-piece seal
The engine is fine. However, are you looking for performance or just want to leave it stock and add a few aftermarket pieces to slightly help power and fuel economy? Rebuilding a SBC is easy and almost error proof. It's a great engine to learn building skills on so you won't have any problems.
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I know very little about engines/cars and decided that I'm going to start restoring a 1953 Chevy truck. I was wondering if the the motor with the number 14088548 is any good, It ran when we pulled it out of a datsun and I was thinking of rebuilding it and putting it into my 1953 Chevy truck.
HERE is some info you might find useful. A book or two can fill in the gaps, along w/doing some searches/reading here and on the 'net in general.

Good luck.
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If you are replacing the original engine with a V-8 you won't be "restoring" the truck... you'll be modifying it. Semantics? Maybe... but words have meanings and we need to all get on the same page.

That said you'll also have to change the transmission and rear axle since the trans will not bolt up to the Chevy V-8 bellhousing... and the truck originally came with a "closed" driveline not an "open" driveline with common u-joints.

The old Chevy will also have to changed to a 12V electrical system... not difficult but it can be intimidating if you are a newbie to this kind of stuff.

Since you are not familiar with doing extensive work on cars/trucks why not keep the original engine and trans and get the truck running and driving? You can then concentrate on doing small mods until you feel up to the task of doing the engine swap.

Over the years I have seen hundreds of projects get abandoned and sold/scrapped because someone took on more than they could handle... start small and work your way up to bigger projects.

You can farm out the mods and that's OK... just open your wallet!
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OK so modifying, but this isn't its first modification. The truck has been customized before and currently has a running Pontiac 326, But I thought a 350 would be better. I wont be doing all of it on my own just the parts that I can. I'm not going to try anything crazy for this first one. I've been looking for a good guide book to help thanks for the Info I appreciate it.
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OK so modifying, but this isn't its first modification. The truck has been customized before and currently has a running Pontiac 326, But I thought a 350 would be better. I wont be doing all of it on my own just the parts that I can. I'm not going to try anything crazy for this first one. I've been looking for a good guide book to help thanks for the Info I appreciate it.
If it's already set up for a Pontiac engine, a reasonable option is to go w/a bigger Pontiac. I like the 455 myself, there are good running 400 Pontiac engine combinations available as well.

If you want to look into using a Pontiac engine, here's some info.
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