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250 Chevy hop-up

That 250 would sure look good in your car with a chrome valve cover and an Offenhauser 2 or 3 carb intake on it. It would be very dependable and have a hot rod look to it. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Good luck on the build. Brings back memories. I learned to drive in my Gramps 38 Chev sedan. Its something i,ll never forget. The 250 Chev engine will be a good choice. It,ll fit well with not toomuch alteration and there are some serious speed goodies available at reasonable prices. Theres also an abundance of help and advice available on this site.
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Personally I would run a Chev 235 if for street and cruis'n around town. advantages: 1. hydraulic lifters, 2. will bolt right in to that frame without modification if you get a 5o or 51. (In 52 Chev started putting the motor mounts on the side of the engine.) 3. can use original trans, rearend and drive shaft (torque tube). 4. Parts are still available for the engine. Though the 235 is advertised at 105 HP, there's lots of stuff to soup it up and if you can get a '53 or later, it has insert type rod bearings (but you need the front plate off a 50 or 51 for the front motor mount attachments). The difference in time consumed designing/engineering/fabricating frame, steering, and suspension modifications is what usually (but not always) keeps me from moving away from the 216 or 235 engine for the 37-39 chev. Can use that time and effort elsewhere.
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Personally I would run a Chev 235 if for street and cruis'n around town. advantages: 1. hydraulic lifters, 2. will bolt right in to that frame without modification if you get a 5o or 51. (In 52 Chev started putting the motor mounts on the side of the engine.) 3. can use original trans, rearend and drive shaft (torque tube). 4. Parts are still available for the engine. Though the 235 is advertised at 105 HP, there's lots of stuff to soup it up and if you can get a '53 or later, it has insert type rod bearings (but you need the front plate off a 50 or 51 for the front motor mount attachments). The difference in time consumed designing/engineering/fabricating frame, steering, and suspension modifications is what usually (but not always) keeps me from moving away from the 216 or 235 engine for the 37-39 chev. Can use that time and effort elsewhere.
Yep, I agree.

We have a '38 two door sedan at the shop right now, it's stone stock. I have moved it around the place many times and it starts and runs like a top. DAMN I love that car, I would drive it every day if I had it!

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Have a '38 in my garage. engine was shot. A exhaust valve was froze (closed) and it bent the push rod and broke the rim of the tappet. So I had rebuilt '39 sitting on the floor, doing nothing, and dropped it in the 38. Purrs like a kitten. Upholstery's going to take some doing, and some rust issues, but can't wait to drive it. Had one years ago, in Calif. , put 235 that came outa my '51 in it. Loved that car, but had to sell it.
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If it was my car I would go with a engine as close to the original as possible and make it shine! To me electronic fuel injection and engine control modules are too modern. Good luck with your choice.
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