I'm the proud owner of a 1954 Chevy AD 1/2 ton pickup. It's had an amateur but competent restoration and I'd like to beef it up a little in order to tow a small (20' or less) travel trailer. I'm considering an engine swap from the stock 235 to a 292, but I've been told by Langdon's that it will be a difficult swap. He didn't go into detail. So I'll ask you all: ****************** Thanks!
Last edited by poncho62; 08-05-2014 at 04:30 AM. Reason: duplicate question in engine forum
WELCOME! Sounds like a cool project. On your trailer, look for one of these....
I just sold a trailer like this yesterday, really, yesterday, a "Boler" made in 1977. This is THE trailer you want it's less than a thousand pounds empty they are also found under the name Scamp and a few others, but they are AWESOME! No water leaks, no rot, they are SOOOOO much better than the wood framed aluminum sheet covered ones, SOOOOOO much better.
Brian, thanks for the reply and encouragement, oh, and that photo as well. I can easily put my truck and trailer in that scene. Yes, I have seen such trailers before under the name of Scout. I appreciate the recommendation. Is that a 1960 model Chevy wagon pulling your Scout? Love the color combo!
There are many, many molded fiberglass trailers, ranging in size from a 12 footer, a 13 footer (like Brian's) on up to a 28 footer (the Bigfoot Silver Cloud)
Tote �n Tarry
I suspect that there are others as well
You can put the 292 in the truck or go with a small block Chevy. Do you have the engine lined up for purchase or just thinking about it? One thing I found when I was a kid working on the older (current at the time) Chevy vehicles, You can install a later model engine without difficulties but not an older one.
Can't remember for sure, does the truck have an enclosed drive shaft or open? I am thinking it has an enclosed one. As far as being difficult... you are only limited by your ability.
Chevy and General Motors used the Chevy 292 engine in their pickup trucks from 1963 to 1990, with production shifting from the United States to Mexico after 1984. The 292 was a six-cylinder, inline engine that was not interchangeable with the smaller block 6 cylinder engines. The Chevy 292 was known for being powerful, durable and reliable.
A bit about the History:
Chevy began manufacturing six-cylinder engines in 1929, with the first line producing a maximum of 50 horsepower. Chevy continued to revise and improve its six-cylinder engines over the years and began using the 292, the most powerful of its six-cylinder engines, in pickup trucks in 1963. While the configuration of the 292 was similar in many ways to the smaller Chevy six-cylinder engines that went before it, there were significant differences that made it incompatible with the smaller engines. For instance, the 292 fuel pump was on the opposite side of the engine from where it was found on the other six-cylinder Chevy engines.
The cylinders of the Chevy 292 engines were numbered from the front of the engine to the rear, with the first cylinder always being the forward one. The firing order was 1-5-3-6-2-4. The engine came with seven main bearings, and the configuration included hydraulic valve lifters and hollow push rods to move individually mounted rocker arms that pivoted on ball seats. The distributor shaft drove a gear-type oil pump that provided full-pressure lubrication for the engine. The main oil gallery traveled along the lifter area, passed through passages to the cams and main bearings and then went through lifters and push rods to the rocker arms.
The Chevy 292 was an inline, six-cylinder engine with a bore and stroke of 3.875 inches by 4.125 inches and a compression ratio of 8.0-to-1. It achieved a maximum 165 gross-horsepower at 3,800 rpm and netted 147 horsepower at 3,600 rpm. It reached its maximum gross torque of 280 pound-feet at 1,600 rpm and netted 262 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.
Now, with that being said, the 235 bell housing will not bolt up to the 292. In 1955, they went to a different engine mount, bell housings and open drive shafts.
For my own preference (which means nothing in your case) I would go with a small block Chevy engine. The exchange would probably be easier.
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