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Re: [oletrucks] 283 in a '57?

To: "Boteler Family" <boteler@olg.com>
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] 283 in a '57?
From: "kirk pierce" <kpierce@charter.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 21:30:34 -0600

I am very grateful for the research you have done.

I believe that 3731548 is the casting number because I can see 731548 now
that I have cleaned it better.

It does have the cannister type oil filter.  It is a 2 barrell.

You can bet that I will save this message for future reference when I have
the valve covers off.

I am pleased that this motor has a forged crankshaft and the heavy duty
pistons.  It should last a long time.

Where would the crankshaft number be located?  Any idea of the compression
ratio?  If I am being a nuisance, please let me know...  It is exciting to
find someone with the knowledge you have about this engine.

-----Original Message-----
From: Boteler Family <boteler@olg.com>
To: OLETRUCK list <oletrucks@Autox.team.net>; kirk pierce
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] 283 in a '57?

>Kirk, I have done a little more research on your engine and here is what I
>I was wrong...."S" was used '57, '58 and '59 (I missed the '59).  My book
>lists '58 & '59 as 283 4 barrel.  Is yours a 2v or 4v?
>If your casting number is 3731548 then it is definitely a '57 block (2 bolt
>main), that number is only used in '57.
>The cranks were all forged in '57 and should be stamped 3735236.  There
>thick and thin top pistons used, the 6000 series and up got the thick ones.
>You will need to remove the valve cover to confirm the heads are correct.
>The '57 head could be one of the following: 3731539,  3731544,  3731554,
>3731556,  3740997,  3747363,  3755537,  3755549,  3836842,  3837064,
>Also the '57 283 has a canister type oil filter in the normal location on
>the drivers side.  The only V8 without an oil filter is the '55 265.
>Hope this helps,
>Mike Boteler
>'56 8400 Wrecker
>Hughesville, Maryland
oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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