I have a 350 w/HEI in my 56 stepside and had no problems cooling. My truck
had a 265 originally. I have since replaced the radiator with one from
Obsolete out of Nashville GA. I replaced it because the original core
started leaking and it couldn't be repaired. Now I wished now I had had a
custom one built instead.
From: CyrusR@aol.com <CyrusR@aol.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 9:47 PM
Subject: [oletrucks] Question about 283 vs. 350
>I've got a pair of engines that I'm considering building for my '57 half
> I'm very experienced with engines, but not sure which way to go in this
>case. I'm having a little trouble deciding which one to use. Can some of
>you help me?
>One is a '59 model 283, complete with '59 model heads (with the offset
>cover bolts) 2 BBL intake and Carter carb. Do any of you have an air
>conditioning compressor mounted on an early engine without the accessory
>holes in the heads? Does that work out OK? I'd consider using this
>mainly because of the potential fuel economy and nastalgia factor. On the
>other hand, is there any interest from someone out there in my original 283
>for their '59? If so, I'd take $250 for it complete. It was running last
>The other engine is a 350. Are any of you running 350s having problems
>the original radiator not keeping it cool?
>Thanks in advance for any experiences you can pass on to me.
>‘57 1/2 Ton
>oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
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