Easiest way to tell a 216 from a 235 is the pushrod cover on the side of the
block. If it extends up the side over the side of the head & includes holes
for the spark plugs, it's a 216. If it ends just below the head gasket &
the plugs go directly into the head, then it is a 235. This is true except
for VERY old 235's (20's & early 30's, I think).
AFA the rear gears, if you now have a closed drive shaft, you have 2 options
(with sub options):
1. change to the 3.55 gears from Patrick's ($349, I think) or
2. change to open drive shaft, which requires changing to open drive shaft
type tranny, but then your rear ratios are all over the place, depending on
what open shaft type rear you pick.
49 3104 216 5-window
----- Original Message -----
From: John Rockefeller <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 1995 12:17 AM
Subject: [oletrucks] So many questions...So little knowlege
> OK, I'm about to show my mechanical incompotence! I have a 1949 3100
> with what was told to me to be an engine from a 1951 3100. How do I tell
> what the engine size is? There has to be some kind of numbering system
> for the engine, but where? This engine has been tinkered with several
> including by me. But when I did my work I always assumed that it was a
> engine. Does this sound corrrect for a 51?
> Now for the second stupid question. I would love to upgrade the rear end
> a better gear ratio. Now being a somewhat lousy back yard mechanic, is
> an easy way to do this? I saw a kit in one of the parts books that is
> supposed to
> make it easier to do 65mph, does this work? And how easy is it to do? I
> don't want to invest $400.00 in the parts, only to find out that I can't
> job myself. Would I be better off just replacing the rear end with one
> from a
> blazer? And if so what is a reasonable price to pay for a junk yard rear
> So many questions and so little knowledge on my part. Thanks for the help
> guys and gals.
> John "Rock" Rockefeller
> 1949 3100 "Eeyore"
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