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Will a Pontiac OHC inline 6 fit in my 50 Chevy?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sprbxr, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. sprbxr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2005
    Posts: 198

    from Peaks, VA

    I can score a Pontiac OHC 6 engine and trans from a 69 Firebird for $50. I was thinking this could be an interesting engine for my 50 Chevy. I have no idea what the dimensions of this engine are though. Anyone know if there is room for this in my car?

  2. AlbuqF-1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 909

    from NM

    I was thinking it is basically a stovebolt block with a different head? Would be a cinch if so.
    Joined: May 13, 2002
    Posts: 3,257


    Oilpan could be a problem.
    Parts for those OHC can get hard to find when you need them.

    Way back when,a pal had a 4bl version in a Firebird.Smoked off a few SBC guys in school.Buy it !
  4. singledownloop
    Joined: Jan 10, 2004
    Posts: 581


    they'rea cool looking engine i'd score it for the $50.00 even if you don't use it in the truck.It would look real good in a little modified without a hood............

  5. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,027

    from California

    ...yeah.. oil pan would be my only concern.. car or truck? truck would be easy. on a car some junk may be in the way with the goofy "center point steering"
  6. Spedley
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 392


    Kruzer63 here on the HAMB has one of those in his Pontiac of the same era. Really cool car.
    madgrinder likes this.
  7. madgrinder
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
    Posts: 323


    Oil pan is easy enough to clearance...

    it's just sheetmetal.
  8. flamedolds
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
    Posts: 293


    For sure check with Kruzer63 he really knows these motors and is a really nice guy as well I am sure he'll be happy to help you out with some advice.
  9. sprbxr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2005
    Posts: 198

    from Peaks, VA

    It would be going in my 50 Fleetline. It has a 2 barrell carb and powerglide. I would like to put a manual trans on it.

    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,591

    from SIDNEY, NY

    The oil pan should be no problem. It's a rear sump like a Chevy, and is very shallow in the front. I still see Sprint 4bbl intakes and exhaust manifolds at swap meets, and the exhaust manifold was a true split like a '53-'54 Corvette. I had a Sprint version in a '66 Tempest, and it took no sass from small V8s. It was the only stock six I ever saw that would wind to 6500 rpm (and I did it every time I got the chance!). A guy named Dave Ubl that was in Inliners International the last I knew had one in a '46 Chevy.
  11. Armstrong
    Joined: Apr 17, 2004
    Posts: 371


    The OHC six is based on the late Chevy six. The late six is longer than the old dipper you have and that makes it tight at the radiator. With the cam drive on the front of the OHC it may even be longer ,making the fit even tighter.
  12. sprbxr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2005
    Posts: 198

    from Peaks, VA

    I figured it would be a tight fit. I like oddball engines (no SBC for me). I really would like to stuff this engine in my car. My other option (b/c it is free) is a 66 olds V8 from a Cutlass. I can get the olds for free but I would rather put a straight 6 in it.

  13. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Like Heathen I had one in a '67 Tempest Sprint (q-jet carb and dual exhaust). It had a 4spd and posi rear. That thing would run right with some pretty healthy small blocks. I never persued getting the most out of it (wasn't that interested) but it sure had a sweet sound through the exhaust (non stock) that was installed before I got the car.
    If you can pick one up I wouldn't hesitate, it would make a super swap in a eary 50's chevy. Don't be afraid of a little fabrication work, it's what hot rodders do.

  14. ...friend of mine put one in a 50 Chev fastback, don't remember any details but he said it was a good combo...and different. His was an automatic.

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