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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by alphabet soup, Jun 23, 2022.

  1. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,751

    alphabet soup

    I have been working on this Model A, C-cab, Jalopy type thing for a while. My uncle was supposed to take it, but has backed out. Not sure what I am going to do with it, but I do know it needs a differnt motor-trans combo. The motor builds coolant pressure, looses OP and smokes when hot. And the Fordomatic leaks from every hole. Right now I have to choices, a '67 283 and PG that runs really good or a 2000 Pinto and C-4 thats about the same. I can get either one for about $400. What would you guys do?
    Thanks, Gene. Resized_20220610_185120.jpeg
  2. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 4,296

    Speed Gems

    You forgot to set up a poll, but I'd go with the '67 283.
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  3. Same here. That 283 would look right at home in there.:)
  4. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 1,058

    3W JOHN

    One of the best sbc ever built, go with the 283. HRP

  5. chop&drop
    Joined: Oct 11, 2006
    Posts: 545


    122 c.i. or 283 c.i.? Definitely the 283.
  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,818

    Jalopy Joker

    What rearend in it? Home made frame? Strong enough for V8 torque?
  7. loco55
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
    Posts: 12


    283 for me.
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  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,325


    The 283 all day
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  9. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 9,989

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Wait!, this must be one those who want's ice cream questions asked by Bobby's mom and to all his friends as well.
    [X] Yes = 283
    [O] No = That other engine
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2022
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  10. rpu28
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 177

    from Austin

    alphabet, there are roughly one gazillion rods out there with SBC; I'd go for the Pinto engine just to be different.

    But that's me. I'm an aggressive gambler. Mr. Vegas.
  11. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,257

    jimmy six

    283’s didn’t have any torque. 2000cc Pinto engines belong in dirt track mini stocks.
  12. No brainer................
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  13. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 2,093

    from Napa

    There's a guy here in town that has three different Model A's with turbocharged Pinto engines, run very well, very clean installations, and draw a lot more attention than belly-button engines
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  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,964


    283 is traditional!
    Great, great little engine.
  15. chessterd5
    Joined: May 26, 2013
    Posts: 724

    from u.s.a.

    Is it the aluminum powerglide?
    Then I would go with the 283. There is so much different power options depending on how you want to build it. And if cost is a factor, I don't think you could build another brand of engine cheaper than a SBC.
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  16. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,788

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Pintos are beans you put in your chili.
  17. Copy cats, copy cats!!


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  18. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,812


    I'd vote for the 283 but the frame question is valid. Hard to tell from one photo, but it looks a bit small.
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  19. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 23,327

    Staff Member

    there are no pinto parts, including their IFS that belong anywhere near a hot rod... yes 283
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  20. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 997


    283 and a 4 speed!
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  21. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,257

    jimmy six

    So does every model A’s to me.
    If left alone a 67 283 has 195hp and and an aluminum PG. Paint it orange with a stock black air cleaner and it definitely wouldn’t look like ANY typical SBC; instead it would look like you removed it from a wrecking yard in 1968..classy.
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  22. ....That's hilarious.:):D:):D:):D:):D
  23. Here's your answer
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  24. d2_willys
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,207

    from Kansas

    Model A? Wouldn't that be a FURD! So, why not go with a 302 and C4 or AOD or even a stick? Besides the 302 block is much narrower than the SBC. I know you have the 283, but that Powerglide, not good. If you do decide to go with 283 either use a Turbo 350 or a 700R4 or 2004R transmission. My preference to 283 with a dual range 4 speed hydramatic out of a chevy truck.
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  25. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,964


    The OP, Gene said the PG runs fine, light car it'll be great! Traditional engine, traditional transmission. No need to street rod the thing with modern AOD, or go to the expense of a stick. Not with a buy in of $400.
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  26. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,684

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Why not freshen up the flathead? If not, I would go with the Pinto.
    I like to keep Fords as Fords.
  27. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 4,606

    silent rick

  28. ....Well said.
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  29. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,242


    keep shopping
  30. Looks like an 8BA,,,,,,,those engines can be rebuilt !
    It looks good,,,,,it’s not terribly hard to go through one,,,unless you just have your heart set on replacing it ?
    The Chevy 283 is a fabulous engine,,,,,,,probably look right at home in there .

    Like the man said,,,,,,you should have added a poll to this thread,,,LoL .

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