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Projects BACK TO MY ROOTS-261 CHEVROLET 6 Powered Model A Stock Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Robert J. Palmer, May 22, 2015.

  1. mrdodge
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 335


    Loving this build. Will be interested to see how the 6 fits in, as I am going to have a similar battle with my Dodge 218 into my avatar. Subscribed
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  2. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 4,505


    From my experience with 261's it's an unnecessary experience for a street engine. If he gets some compression into the engine and gets the quench under .050 the engine might be close to 200 HP at 4800 rpm.The stock 261 rods will handle this no problem.
    My last 261 build used Ross forged flat tops with the intake valve pocket. I had the pistons made with more compression height to get it near zero deck without milling the shit out of the block....About 600 bucks for the set...
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  3. Awesome build Robert I love the motor choice and of course the East Coast Build I am running a slant 6 in my 56
  4. I just found an old memory card with some photos I forgot about.

    Mallory Best coil-
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    This was a cruise at the other end of town, thought it would be cool to show off my project.
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    My 53 Chevrolet just to the right 261 powered as well.

    I have a little time now, I plan to get working on this project again.
  5. Very Cool project looks like its almost done should be cruising by Thanksgiving! Jim
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  6. Thanksgiving what year?
  7. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,926

    Atwater Mike

    Great collection of parts here! May I recommend a method of attack for your 'A' frame?
    Position your engine behind radiator in frame. When it's where you'd like it, set body. (it may be 3" or so farther back)
    Now, if lengthening is still desired, make a diagonal cut on each side of frame. A piece of 2" X 3" rectangular tube (.125" wall) can be inserted for both lengthening and kick up.
    A simple layout and measurement will determine angle, length of tubes, and arrive at stretch and drop values.
    I say 2" X 3" as the frame gets 'thin' in cross section toward the rear. I like proportion.
    This is my favorite method on Model As.
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  8. wuga
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 417


    I have been following your posts in both the 261 thread and this thread for some time now. I had my first 261 in a 1955 Pontiac, that is how they came in Canada. By 1965 I was building a 1932 Bantam coupe with a 261 for the street. Last year I reacquired the Bantam body and am in the process of building a nostalgia altered. Again it will be powered by a 261. Like you, nothing newer then 1962. I found a never used McGurk roller cam assembly and while visiting the American Pickers shop, I procured 60s race prepped 235. It included original Wayne rocker cover and side cover, a set of Fenton header exhaust and a triple Offenhauser intake and carbs. I have talked to B&G about doing the head and they said yes so we will see where that takes us. My partner in this project is currently building a Model A pickup but with a V6 in it. I am just north of you across the border. Hope we can talk sometime.





  9. Tom @BnG Engine told me he had spoken to you, they are five miles from me.
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  10. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,696


    I am a big fan of inline 6's and have had a few over the years. My current build is a BLD269 International engine mated to a flathead bell housing and using a modified flathead flywheel. The compression ratio is low but I plan on supercharging it later.
  11. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,669



    Please no strechie the frame..... They always look funky, flip the fire wall??
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  12. No plans to lengthen the frame.

    I don't have a firewall, I plan on building one.

    I need to get a shop up.

    I was renting space from a high tech, billet, pro street guy.

    That didn't work out!
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
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  13. pbr40
    Joined: Aug 10, 2008
    Posts: 834

    from NW Indiana

    Haven't been on the Hamb in a while!!! But this thread a load of good info on the 261!!! I run one in me 53 Chevy! Love it!
  14. Me too-





    I plan to get rolling on the build again soon.
  15. I am still looking for shop space to do my frame.
    However I have space to build my engine.

    My father and I fabricated a engine run in stand, for Chev. 6's.
    He cut the steel and I welded it at work.
    Engine mounts will be built soon.

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    Last edited: Jun 30, 2016
  16. That looks really nice! you should post it on the Homemade tools and equipment thread. Hobo Jim
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  17. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,669


    Looks great! Will it double as a frame jig? Sure looks strong enough.
  18. I am planing on it when I get a little further on it.

    I always say "Over build it once, and you never have to rebuild it."
  19. I am sorting out my shed and realized I never had all my parts on an engine at the same time.

    This is not the 261 block or 848 head I will be running-
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    I have an N.O.S. Mallory 6 brown cap and rotor.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
  20. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    That looks sharp and simplix at the same time, pun intended. Love where this is going keep at it, lad!

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  21. So what the exact specs on the 261? I'm also running a nos mallory with a sweet Nicson intake I just picked up? Carb wise what r u running the rochesters or others ! Killer thread man diggin it

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  22. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,428


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  23. Things have slowed down at work. Back to 40 hours a week.
    I plan to resume engine work soon.
    However I need to save money some money making my first trip to Hersey.
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  24. Robert,
    You can buy candy anywhere!
    See you soon and best regards,
    PS my car is for sale!
  25. Please forgive this off topic post, and please don't leave any Facebook comments Thank-You.

    I would like to dedicate this build to the memory of my best friend Henry.
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  26. Congrats on finding shop space looking forward to seeing your build! Mine is going well steady progress. Hobo Jim
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  27. JohnnyDeadwater
    Joined: Oct 18, 2012
    Posts: 56

    from Cairo NY

    Anytime Robert;)
  28. Moved my engine parts into shop yesterday.
    Work to begin again soon.
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  29. That's one of the few advantages of living in the north we have time to build. Hobo Jim

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