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RE: [oletrucks] Question about 283 vs. 350

To: "'oletrucks@autox.team.net'" <oletrucks@autox.team.net>
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Question about 283 vs. 350
From: sheldon <sheldon@ssmachine.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 16:33:58 -0700

  Don't know about the air conditioning, but I ran a 350 w/4bbl holly for a 
long time, the only time I had temp
problems was sitting in traffic on hot days (the fan was about 6" from the 
radiator with no shrowd) also ran a
SB 400 drove it from Texas to Oregon in 2 days....in June.... with no heat 
problems!  (only ever had stock radiator)

 Sheldon '56 napco 4x4

I've got a pair of engines that I'm considering building for my '57 half ton. 
 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 valve 
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 bolt 
holes in the heads?  Does that work out OK?  I'd consider using this engine, 
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 with 
the original radiator not keeping it cool?  

Thanks in advance for any experiences you can pass on to me.

Randy Underwood
Springdale, AR
'57 1/2 Ton  
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