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Customs 250 6 cylinder swap 1952 chevy panel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by david steele, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. david steele
    Joined: Dec 2, 2017
    Posts: 3

    david steele

    hi, new here and have been looking for info on the oil pressure and temp gauges on my 52 panel, just bought a new temp before my 235 died, now i’ve installed a 250 hoping /thinking that’ll figure out like everything else on a car swap but can’t seem to find any info on it
    it was
    an 84 250 from c10 or 20 and ran great but had a bunch of smog shite on it, is the oil sender on passenger side and temp on the driver and is there anything out there that lets me use my stock gauges

    thanks in advance


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  2. Terrible80
    Joined: Oct 1, 2010
    Posts: 784


    If your old senders worked, they should do as well adapted to the new block, no?

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  3. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,614

    Rusty O'Toole

    Probably mechanical on the 52, electrical on the new motor. It should be possible to fit the oil pressure pipe in place of the sender, use an adapter if necessary. The temp gauge may be harder, it has a bulb that is supposed to go inside the head, more or less. I don't know if there is a good place to put it.
  4. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,834

    Inked Monkey

    Is it an integral head one?

  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 7,211

    from Idaho

    You'll need the adapter used when replacing a '54 or earlier head with a '55 up head. There's a chance the tube is too short, though - depends on where the hole is on the 250 head.
  6. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 1,156

    from WA-OR, USA

    I did this swap once upon a time in a '53 panel, the capillary tube will be too short to work in the 250. There may now be a gauge available aftermarket that has a longer cap tube....don't know. Lots of aftermarket support for the AD trucks these days, not so when I was messing with them. Good luck!
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,064


    This was in a 52/53 GMC that I saw today. The core support is slightly forward of what a Chev core support is though I tried to lighten up the second and last shots a bit to show the radiator to pulley clearance but that isn't working too good. If you look real close on the last one you can make out the side mount motor mounts. IMG_2633.JPG IMG_2632 (2).JPG IMG_2631.JPG IMG_2634 (2).JPG
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,064


    Drivers side of the same engine. Can't show the truck as the mods might not like the overall look of the outside of it. IMG_2630 (2).JPG

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