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Chevy 216 fuel mileage

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51chevcoupe, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. 51chevcoupe
    Joined: Oct 24, 2008
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    Just out of curiosity, does anyone here know the approx. fuel economy i.e. how many miles to the gallon a late 40's- early 50's Chevy 216 six-banger got? I'm just curious.

    Thanks a bunch
     
  2. TagMan
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    If I remember correctly, I got around 15-17 mpg city & highway combined.
     
  3. Flop
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    2 carbs and hearder ya do a little better .. i get around 21 highway with powerglide gears 2 bxov carbs and a set of headers
     
  4. DRUGASM
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    mine wasnt that great,....with a three on the tree and a 15inch wheel (dont remember tire size now but its not short) i only got about 9mpg over all on a 300mile trip. its single carb, straight pipe exhaust and i was doing 65-70 most of the way.

    it runs well and has never had any issues. its been switched to a pertronix but its still a 6 volt system.
     

  5. Carguy365-24-7
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    I get about 15 to 18 or so.I have a 3 speed and will be switching to a 3.55 power glide rear...PAUL
     
  6. John B
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    When the 216 in my 51 was tuned up and running good it got 18-19.
     
  7. DRUGASM
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    man.....i feel really bad about that mileage now. oh well. 235 goin in.
     
  8. brokenspoke
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    Do you think a 235 will be better????on fuel mileage??
     
  9. HEATHEN
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    from SIDNEY, NY


    I'll second that. Even on an otherwise stock engine, a well tuned dual carb setup and dual exhausts will give you both more power and more mpg.
     
  10. TagMan
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    235 won't be much better, if any. I replaced my '37 216 with a '61 235 and there wasn't much difference........until I added an OD and went from around 18 to 23 on a trip.
     
  11. DRUGASM
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    yeah i do think my mileage will go up from 9mpg with a tired 216.

    a fresh, well built 235 should make more efficient power and use less fuel than the 216. i dont want civic fuel sipper mileage but single digits out of a 6cyl is embarassing. on the same roadtrip my buddies 350/350 combo got double the mileage.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  12. Hot Rod Pat
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
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    I was getting 17ish with my 216 in my 53, I just dropped a '62 235 in and am getting right around 21-22 with it.
     

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