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Update! 57 Chevy 150 Barn Find. More INFO Needed!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 34dodgehemi, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. 34dodgehemi
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
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    So we started to tear the motor apart last week and much to our surprise that thing was clean! Of course, we had no clue what to expect. We discovered .60 over Mickey Thompson pistons, a steel crank, T-10 4-speed with an NHRA bell housing and a few other goodies we weren’t expecting. We took all of the interior out as well. The floor is in amazing shape with the exception of the hole hacked in the tunnel for the four-speed and a 2 or 3 inch rust hole under the spare. The doors are in amazing shape too.<O:p</O:p
    We could use some help identifying the Crank!!<O:p</O:p
    Here’s a link to the original post:<O:p</O:p
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=330784<O:p</O:p
    And here are some new pictures:
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  2. 34dodgehemi
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    Check out the shoddy brackets on the shifter!
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    This is all that was left of th exhaust..
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    And here is a few of the motor/crank. ANy help with the crank would be appreciated!
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  3. 34dodgehemi
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    And finally the floor and the trunk.
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  4. 56sedandelivery
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    WOW!!! A step back in time.It's a cast iron case Borg Warner T-10. The shifter is actually a 3-speed shifter adapted to 4-speed use with a separate lever for reverse; used to be popular with the racers as theres NO reverse detent to hang up the 1/2 shift. The sattershield is an EXTREMELY RARE ALUMINUM R C Industries unit ( Mine is cast steel, wanna' trade?) The crank's a 3" stroke, 265/283 (completely round crank flange) and the engine has been balanced (see the balancing welds in the crank weights), and is forged (wide parting line). From the other post I can barely make out the Powerpack heads (pyramid on the block casting on front of head). Interesting, the cast iron intake is still on it along with the Rochester 4-jet carb. .125 dome pistons, with small chambers on the Powerpacks, gives somewhere around 11.5:1 CR. .060 overbore, so you have a 292 CID, it's a 283 block (later style with side mounts). Mechanical cam? Probably. It would be a revver! Gas was somewhere around 26 cents a gallon when this car was built. Butch/56sedandelivery.

    Also, saw something odd on the interior shots. The rear side windows are business coupe windows, they don't roll down but are held in place by the gasket and small brackets, BUT there seems to be a window regulator bolted to the side panel (???). And, I think the shifter is a Sperco (sp). Careful with that shifter; it's possible to leave it in reverse and a forward gear at the same. Would'nt want to rev it up and dump the clutch it that gets done.
     
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  5. henry29
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    Wow! I didn't see this the first time.
    That is an unbelievable car.
    Do you have a pic of the cowl tag? looks like a regular 150 sedan with the business coupe quarter windows in it.
     
  6. 34dodgehemi
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    56sedandelivery: Yes this car is definitely a business coupe. The windows are sealed all the way around and the regulators are hust there. They aren't hooked up to anything. We think somewhere down the line someone must have just found a nice pair of door panels out of a car with roll up windows. And Thanks for all the Info on the crank and bell housing.
     
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  7. dirybyrd
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    what a neat piece of history..a KEEPER for sure:)
     
  8. 34dodgehemi
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    We believe that person (the one who put in the new door panels) was going to turn the car into a regular sedan. Their are regulators in the car (doing nothing) and there was half a back seat. We are going to remove the regulators and restore the car as a business coupe would be.
     
  9. Mr48chev
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    Sweet, A vintage race car that wasn't hacked up over time to fit in different classes with different engines as time went by.

    The skinny lead off pipes and exhaust pipe are leftovers from the time when cars in certain classes had to have a complete exhaust system under the car to be legal for the class.

    What a find and I'm glad to see you are putting it back as it was originally raced.
     
  10. S.F.
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    whatever you do ....please repaint the engine compartment white again :)
     
  11. henry29
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    What color was the car?, Is the cowl tag still on it? Looks like faded highland green on the outside, but the inside looks lie the Canadian color limefire green metallic.
     
  12. Herdez
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    Very nice!
    The pistons look to be the replacement 283 fuel injection type at 60. I have 40 over TRW's with same dome.
     
  13. skunx1964
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    id juust clean her up and drive it like it sits. love that shifter idea, real nifty
     
  14. Preacher
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  15. Posted this in the other thread:the shifter is an early Hurst 3-speed with a separate lever for reverse.I believe Hurst actually made some like that for competition only but they had a shorter reverse lever.That one may have been extended for street use which would explain the crude look.
     
  16. chevrolet150
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    If the car still has the cowl tag on the fire wall ,the STYLE no. will tell you if it is a real fixed window ,rear seat delete Utility Sedan.if so it shouild read57-1211B. It would also have some metal runners welded to the floor for a platform where the rear lower seat would normally be. If it is a normal 57 150 2-dr sedan with windows and a rear seat it will read 57-1211. Hope that helps you find what the car started as. Tim
     

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