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292 vs. SBC

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RoadRaider, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,306

    from Quincy, IL

    I asked that same question from the guy I got them from and he 4440 or something like that. Any John Deere dealer could tell you (or me) in a flash. And I would think they would have been used on more than one model anyway.

    I also think they were used by other implement manufacturers as was Ford 300 sixes.......another really good inliner.
  2. briggs&strattonChev
    Joined: Feb 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,233


    4440 is a diesel tractor, but there were 4400-6600 combines, thats probably right. Im pretty sure they were made in the late 60's through the 70's.
  3. 292! sbc is a bellybutton motor. To be cool and different costs a little extra.
  4. uglydog56
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 331


    4400 and 6600 are the combine models you are looking for, but be warned a lot of these will be cracked. The radiators on these combines filled with trash and the motor would heat but nobody noticed because they were trying to get the corn in. Another place to look while you're in corn country is irrigation wells. I know my grandpa used only 292's on his wells, I'm sure there were others like him.
  5. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The integrated 250 L-6 heads are junk. When the head on my daughters' Camaro cracked I couldn't even find one at all. The junkies all said "take a number" or replace it with the separate components. I got the girls each another car and sold the dead six one to my next door neighbor who installed a V8 and Auto and drove it another 10 years until it rotted to nothing and then his girlfriend totaled it.
  6. Sharpedo
    Joined: Sep 5, 2009
    Posts: 12


    292! I'm putting together a 292/T-5 setup to go into my 50 Chevy. Lets just say I spent more traveling to pick up the motor than it cost me to buy it. (A broken down truck didn't help!)
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
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    DUDE PM Me Iknow a guy in Nashville with a connection
  8. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 977


    Massey Ferguson 410 combines used the 292 Chevy as well. My father had a 510 when I was a pup. It had dual straight pipes that ran along the grain tank, fed by a mighty 327. Boy did that have a nice sound. She sure barked when it hit a slug of wheat and the governor opened her up!:D
  9. Gemini EFI
    Joined: Jan 5, 2006
    Posts: 231

    Gemini EFI

    Blown,injected 292 .030 over, Clifford headers, Clifford intake,MSD distrbutor and 6AL box, Comp Cams .512 blower grind cam.Comes complete with EFI computer ready to go.Very quick
  10. Zombie57Ranchero
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 543


    I got a 292 in my 57 and i love it!
  11. Ayers Garage
    Joined: Nov 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,382

    Ayers Garage

    Different 292 man. They are talking about inline 6 GM engine not the Y block Ford.
  12. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,717


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  13. I like 292s I only recall owning one that I slid into a '41 pickup but I liked it real well.

    No I don't have an inline 6 for sale and no, no one ever went to hell for making one faster.

    You could always put any small block under the hood and just don't tell anyone what ya got, its called sleeping.

  14. BabbitBeater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 160

    from Colorado

    If you want to keep your torque tube and stock 3 on the tree, you could go with a '54-'63 235/261 cui. 6 cylinder. They bolt right in and there are lots of aftermarket parts for them. I've owned a few and really like them. Fenton headers and glass packs make a real mean cackle...
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  15. Dan57
    Joined: Nov 27, 2009
    Posts: 89


    How "cool and different" will these engines be in a few years when everybody runs one? then you might call them "boring and normal". Not to mention "slow". Just my humble opionion.
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  16. Zombie57Ranchero
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 543


    Ha oh man i totally read the thread wrong hah! Maybe i shouldnt be drunk while on the hamb haha :p
  17. How hard (expensive) is it to find pistons and connnecting rods for the 292?
  18. uglydog56
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 331


    stock rods with polished and shot-peened beams and good bolts will handle any street motor. Cast pistons are easy to get. LPG pistons will give you a little more compression. Forged pistons are a little harder to come across.
  19. cammed292
    Joined: Jun 7, 2009
    Posts: 26


    not sure of the motor mount set up you have in yours now, but the 292 has off set mounts. 2 passenger and one midway up the drivers side. and yeah it should bolt up to any small block bolt pattern. correct me if im wrong though.
  20. cammed292
    Joined: Jun 7, 2009
    Posts: 26


    i wouldnt go as far to say their slow. you can make a really mean inline with some head work, cam, and a double pumper. not hard to make em hang with the guys with small blocks if you put some time into your motor.
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  22. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
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  23. The cheaper option would be to get a running '58 and later 235.
  24. raprap
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 768

    from Ohio

    I've had mine since I built my car. 292, .030 over, 270 wolverine Cam, Ported, Polished, 3x2 Holley Webers and of course Langdon's Split Manifold. coupled with a NWC T-5 from a v8 Camaro and 10 bolt Nova rear. Unbelievable Chevy Motor 2.jpg Chevy Motor 1.jpg smooth power and loads of torque!
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  25. models916
    Joined: Apr 19, 2012
    Posts: 380


    Production of the 292 engine was shifted to Mexico in 1980. These engines are assumed to be non-rebuildable because of the core shifts and porous metal. Used in tractors and UPS trucks where they were just replaced when worn. Beware of the Mexican 292.
  26. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 8,132


    292 in a 37. notice the deeper firewall indent.

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  27. RICK R 44
    Joined: Dec 13, 2009
    Posts: 462

    RICK R 44

    My vote is for the inline. The 250/292s are longer than the original 216. Will require relocating the rad or reworking the firewall.
  28. I use a lot of the 250 engines. they are lots better than the 235 and 261 engines. I have three 292 engines and they are great in bigger trucks but they consume a lot of fuel. The 250,s are lighter weight and will still pull pretty good. My 66 GMC 1/2 ton has a 250 with a SM420 granny four speed and a Dana 44 with 334 rear gears and tall 16 inch tires and It still pulls really well and will run down the road and stay with traffic easily.
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  29. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,596


    F Gleaners also used 292s
  30. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    Sent you a PM. You can use a truck three speed set that's up an enclosed driveline, but you also have to use a later bellhousing, and the throwout fork is't in the right place. You can adapt clutch linkage using a few links of chain to make up for the wrong geometry. A few guys have redrilled a later bellhousing to adapt to the early trans. There's a lot of info regarding this swap over on ChevyTalk.Org, in the 49-54 forum. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.

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