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Old 09-10-2005, 10:58 AM
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Pics of my 52 Chevy as promised

Here are the pics of the Chevy I got for a bargain. It's a 1954 Styleline De Luxe 4-door. Funny thing though is that the dash is a 1950 dash. Must've happened at original assembly time.

I upload some more detail pics to my journal when I've had the time to take all the spares from the car. Remember, I only paid ZAR1500 (US$240) which makes for a real bargain when looking at the good condition the body is in and all the parts that are 99% there, not counting the engine.
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Old 09-10-2005, 11:03 AM
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whoa, the price is good, but man it looks like you've got your work cut out for you.

What's the plan, restore it to original, or hotrod it...?
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Old 09-10-2005, 02:46 PM
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I'm still in 2 minds about it especially the paint. I don't know if I should go for a primered look or a modern metallic. Also, as soon as you want to install a V8 it snowballs and you have to change suspension etc. But then, I don't know what the reliability of an original 235 I6 would be like compared to a more modern small block.
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Old 09-10-2005, 02:52 PM
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I'd go with the 235 6, check out willys36 project journal, if I'm not mistaken thats what hes running in his truck, wish i could find a car that nice for $240
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Old 09-10-2005, 03:24 PM
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I'd go with the 235 6, check out willys36 project journal, if I'm not mistaken thats what hes running in his truck, wish i could find a car that nice for $240
All that including a pair of fender skirts, a pair of 51 front turn signals. Even the wind-up dash clock still works. The steering wheel also doesn't seem to have and damage or cracks.

I phoned rlackey on Thursday evening and told him about the find and he was also quite jealous but unfortunately he hasn't got the space for another project like I do.

I'll go and check out willys36's project a bit for that info, thanks. At least the guy still had the transmission but unfotunately no torque tube. At least I know of some local guys that might be able to help me with that and an engine. Next week there's also a swap meet on at the one local club's monthly show/meeting. I'm definitely gonna go and check if I can find something useful.
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:41 PM
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Very nice! I'd say go with the I6. Stovebolts are tough running engines and they can go for miles and miles and miles, plus they're cool as heck in my opinioin.
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I'm still in 2 minds about it especially the paint. I don't know if I should go for a primered look or a modern metallic. Also, as soon as you want to install a V8 it snowballs and you have to change suspension etc. But then, I don't know what the reliability of an original 235 I6 would be like compared to a more modern small block.
I'm of the opinion that suede is very cool on these big
bodies cars, and for the reliability of a Chev 235, they're
right up there with Cummins NTC350s...
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Old 09-11-2005, 02:04 PM
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Very nice! I'd say go with the I6. Stovebolts are tough running engines and they can go for miles and miles and miles, plus they're cool as heck in my opinioin.
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Thanks for that Mike. It looks quite cool.

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I'm of the opinion that suede is very cool on these big
bodies cars, and for the reliability of a Chev 235, they're
right up there with Cummins NTC350s...
At the end of the day I think the 235 will be the choice as it will cut down on work, money and complexity in a BIG way. I will however modify it slightly to improve breathing but nothing drastic. I first want to get the car running before really worrying about the body.
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Old 09-11-2005, 10:14 PM
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I don't know what the reliability of an original 235 I6 would be like compared to a more modern small block.
the old sixes, from what my grandpa (GM retiree) said, run forever.

I personally like em, it's nothing fast or supercool, but it's different. I always thought swapping in a new Vortec inline six would be cool, the only vehicles they come in is the trailblazer/envoy.
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Old 09-11-2005, 10:28 PM
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I have now posted some more detailed pics in my journal. I'm still amazed at how complete the car is. Only things missing at this stage that I could see is the rear view mirrors both inside and out and quite obviously the engine. Before I thought the torque tube was also remove but it is actually still there.
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chevy I6

the only thing about the early chevy sixes is you do NOT want to over rev them, they definitely will not stand it! they don"t have full pressure rod bearings. they have little paddles scooping oil up. treated respectfully they are hardy engines.
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Those paddles described were on the 29 to (I think) 51 stovebolts. If it's a 54 engine it should be a Blue flame with full pressure lube. Check the rod journals for oil holes. Toyota used a blue flame copy for about 35 years in the land cruiser. Plenty of vintage speed equipment around but pricy. Look at 53/4 vettes, 3 rochesters,more cam, head & comp.
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Cool, thanks guys. I'll definitelu keep that in mind when looking for a motor. The last thing I want is seized bearings due to lack of proper lubrication.
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Old 09-12-2005, 11:34 AM
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Cool! I know how I'd do it. I'd lower it, do some mild shaving and frenching, put the skirts on with a Fulton visor and Appleton spots. Paint it 1965 Chevy Evening Orchid, aka Pontiac Iris Mist, with Pearl White scallops. wide whitewalls, Olds Fiesta hubcaps and a white tuck and roll interior.

Keep in mind the 235 was in production through the '62 model year, try to find the newest version you can.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:45 PM
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That could be one cool ridi'n low cruiser.
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