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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bowtie54, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. bowtie54
    Joined: Mar 15, 2016
    Posts: 6

    bowtie54

    I've got a 1954 4 door bel air that I am restoring. It's got the 235 in it and the two speed powerglide. So now I have a question for you guys. The 235 probably needs rebuilt, the oil blow off tube is plugged off which tells me it was leaking oil. A rebuild kit for that engine is so expensive its about the same as buying a new engine. So should I keep the 6 (like I originally planned) or should I upgrade to a 283. If so I need a information on the swap. Thank you guys .
     
  2. Even IF you have a turn key 283, you'll also have to buy an open rear, and have a driveshaft built. And a motor mount kit, and tranny mount kit. And custom bent exhaust. And a transmission. Keep it simple: Find a reliable machine shop, and get your 6 rebuilt. If you're engine savvy, tear it down and see what's wrong. Maybe it just needs rings, and you're good to go.
     
  3. bowtie54
    Joined: Mar 15, 2016
    Posts: 6

    bowtie54

    Do you know of anywhere I can get a rebuild kit for cheaper then? All the ones I found were more than a grand

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  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,120

    Jalopy Joker
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    a lot depends on if you want to stay pure to a complete restoration or not. once you upgrade one part it is pretty much open season on everything - how are you going to use it? local or, part long distance? post some pics of your ride.
     

  5. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    jcmarz
    Member
    from Chino, Ca

    Everything costs money now days. You'll save money and a headache by having your 235 rebuilt. Or maybe you can find a good running 235 that some nuthead removed in order to install a LS motor with a S10 frame.
     
  6. Where are you looking or what exactly are you looking for, when you're getting the HIGH prices for your 235 ?
     
  7. bowtie54
    Joined: Mar 15, 2016
    Posts: 6

    bowtie54

    Just looking at a master rebuild kit, and I've been going around online. Trying to find a good site

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  8. bowtie56jw
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 214

    bowtie56jw
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    check around for a good used 235. post in the wanted section here on the hamb, they are out there.
     
  9. bowtie54
    Joined: Mar 15, 2016
    Posts: 6

    bowtie54

  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker
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    looks like a great starting point - easily keep pretty much stock or, Hot Rod it - your ride
     
  11. Like your car. Paint and body work is already done! Cool color combo.Try Patrick's for all your six cylinder parts.
     
  12. bowtie54
    Joined: Mar 15, 2016
    Posts: 6

    bowtie54

    Gonna end up sanding it down and doing a classic red and white on it, even though it's the 4 door

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  13. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    Inked Monkey
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    Like others have said, I would just look around for another six. They are easy to find and you can usually get them for a couple hundred.
     
  14. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    jcmarz
    Member
    from Chino, Ca

    I don't know about Red and White. It's been done to the death. That OG color is nice and not common. You can always make it "POP" more by making the white metallic or pearl.
     
  15. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,675

    56sedandelivery
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    $599.56 for a complete rebuild kit on that auction site we all know and love. Me, I say V-8, but plan it out, collect everything to do the job, and you'll never regret it. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
     

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