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Pull the SBC and put in a 6-Banger. Am I nuts?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tugmaster, May 11, 2009.


Pulling the V-8 and putting in a 6

Poll closed May 18, 2009.
  1. Your a meathead, leave the small block in

    46 vote(s)
  2. Go for it.

    164 vote(s)
  1. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    Go for it...not nuts at all.
  2. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 984

    Ice man

    You split the manifold and run good mufflers and you got a sound like no other. You can still cruse with out using a ton of gas, and still smell the roses and look for BARN Finds. Ha. Ice man
  3. Any pics you could hook me up with would be great. Any issues with the water pump/fan clearance?

    Glad my pics were usefull/ That's what it's all about!!! What rear end ratio you running? Mine is 3.43


    QUOTE=Ben'sAuto;3909487]I got the same deal a little while ago too. One of the guys from the car club ditched the fresh rebuilt 250 and Aluminum Air cooled powerglide..... I already dropped it in my 50 chevy, and it does very nicely... its not gonna win any races but it cruises very smoothly. Used langdons motor mounts too. They are really nice but need a little coaxing and test fitting to get it right. Let me know if you need any pictures or anything.... I also wanted to thank you for the pictures of the master cylinder conversion you put up a while ago. I recently finished my dual resivoir master, and I did it exactly the way you did, so thanks man.[/QUOTE]
  4. overkillphil
    Joined: Aug 31, 2007
    Posts: 303


    I love a powerglide as much as the next guy, but the 3 speed will give you a better low gear while still having the same final. Plus, I've always felt the TH350 shifts a little firmer than the powerglide. Either way, have fun with it! And YES!! There is nothing like the rap of a split manifold six!
    Joined: Jul 15, 2008
    Posts: 191


    Do it!!! nothing sounds like a inline 6.
  6. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,200


    I drive a 68 chevy short bed big 10 with a 250 inline and a truck 4 speed with 373 gears. bought the whole rig for $800.00 and I would not trade the 250 for a small block. Just looking for a good project for the motor, when the truck gives out. I might be waiting for awhile, the truck wont give up...ghost
  7. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    6,s are fun i had a few but always sold the car or put a v-8 in it but free is free and its a learning thing
  8. buffaloracer
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 807

    from kansas

    Yep, your crazy. Welcome to the asylum.
  9. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    David Chandler

    I vote for keeping the turbo 350 too. I've driven a 250 backed by a glide, and it's anemic to say the least. Another car with a turbo 350 and the same engine, was much better.
  10. TUG, when I first built my 36 chevy p-up, I put a 350 belly button in it. I drove it like that for many years. I didnt like the fact that it looked lost in that engine compartment. I picked up a 250 out of a Nova and yanked that small block out, made some mounts, moved the radiator and slid that long lean six right in where she belonged. It has a single carb and a single pipe but it looks soooo much better in there. NOW if I could just get my lazy ass in gear and put the rest of the truck back together, i'd have my baby back. Mike.
  11. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,354


    compared to whatever the fuck he wants to compare it to. Cant you ever say anything nice???

    Tug - do the 6
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  12. JC_32
    Joined: Nov 3, 2007
    Posts: 159


  13. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,262

    from California

    wow... I'm suprised so many people like 6's. but I'm a hypocrit as I got a slant six in my dodge I would not take out for a V8. even rebuilt it when the crank broke rather than swap it out. I like V8's in my 49 54 chevys though. if I ever have one where the six needs to come out, it will not be going back in.
  14. Bernardarama
    Joined: Dec 8, 2007
    Posts: 197


    do it, Its going to be way neat!
  15. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,676


    I love the power of a V8, but I also love straight 6's :confused:. My daily driver is a ventura with a 230 and PG, I have a real affection for the combo, and a 250 is even better. I'd do it. (but keep the V8 just in case)
  16. Kenneth S
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,527

    Kenneth S

    Sell the pg, and put the th350 behind the 250 six, a buddy of mine put over 350,000 miles on a 250 six in a 74 nova before the engine needed to be rebuilt.
  17. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    I would do the six.
  18. kustomkat
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 554


    Kool idea, I like it....
  19. garth slater
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 270

    garth slater
    from Melbourne

    less tourqe, less power, and 100 less cubes what a deal!
  20. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,676


    55 less cubes.
    and when it comes to a straight 6, "if I have to explain, you wouldn't understand"
  21. CadillacCorey
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 111


    Go stovebolt. It'll be different, plus much, much cooler.
  22. acadian_carguy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2008
    Posts: 793


    Go with the 6 and the powerglide! I got a re-built 194 6 and PG, and is easy to work on, great gas mileage, and super reliable. I would never go with a SBC. When the 194 finally wears out I will put in a 250 and hop it up.
  23. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,994


    well i try to deal in facts ,not hereit goes. had a nice running 235 six in my 59 el camino.pulled it out for a i love my sbc's,got a garage full of them and go fast/look pretty stuff. but to this day i wished i had left that sixer in there,put a 3-1 brl intake/split manifold.would like to raise the hood had not have the same bellybutton the way,i have a saginaw 4speed behind mine.soon to be t5 . i hope just me:cool:
  24. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    I took the 170/6 out of my '50 1-ton truck and am putting in a blown 392 hemi.

    But, I hopped up, dual carbed, etc. the 245/6 in my 53' 3/4 ton and wouldn't want to swap though even that I have a rebuilt Stude V8 I could easily pop in.

    So, it probably depends on splitting hairs and what specifically your goals and desires are. Not something others can really answer as pretty much everyone will have a different answer.
  25. Jamin
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 131

    from Australia

    A dressed six looks better than an SBC any day.
  26. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


  27. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,994


    ya'll just go ahead and kick me!! and i hauld mine off to the scrap dealer:mad:
  28. bellydraggin63
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 75


    i have a 292 and 3 speed manual in my 63 chevy wagon, gets killer gas mileage, sounds cool. do it man!!
  29. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,076


    exactly, leave the v-8!
  30. 972toolmaker
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 216

    from Garland Tx

    go with the 250 6cyl. that is a much better motor than older 216 or 235. sell the power glide to a drag racer

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