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Username Post: The Dead Horse: V8 Swapping        (Topic#149142)
38jimc 
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10-22-12 07:57 AM - Post#2282016    
    In response to Bigcheese327

Send me and email, and i will tell you all you have to know.nylijames@gmail.com

I put a 350 300 hp in my 1953 chevy w/350 trans

in fact i did it five time in deferent cars.



 
mdmccool 
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Loc: NJ
Reg: 12-04-12
12-04-12 04:29 PM - Post#2295016    
    In response to 38jimc

Hi Guys-

New guy here with a "new" (old) Chevy. I just picked up a '53 Bel Air hardtop - and have been trying to decide on a power plant. I kind of decided if would be cool to build a nice 235 until I started looking at rebuild kits. 2-3 times the cost of a small block! I'd have to get a full pressure block (mine is a splash), then add in a new intake manifold and split exhaust manifolds, plus cam and wow! I figured I could get the car on the road faster if I didn't have to change the whole driveline with a V8...but looks like the V8 will be much less expensive.

I have read lots of great information here about V8 swaps. I have a '67 327 that I am going to rebuild for the '53. I have a few specific questions about the conversion process I am hoping I can find answers to so I can start searching out the correct parts:

- I have read that Chevy S10 4WD rear will work well. Is there a specific year range that I should look for? I have found a few but I am hesitant as I'm not sure if they are correct.

- Also read that the S10 5 speed manual is also a good choice (want to keep the car a manual trans). Specifically what trans did the S10's come with that I should be looking for? I have read that they are T5's, but also found they have another transmission - a NV1500 - New Venture Gear?

-It seems these S10 manual transmissions have a "top loader" shifter location - I assume this will place the shifter in a good location once in the car? I have heard guys say that a standard 4 speed will locate the shifter almost under the bench seat!?! Want to keep my interior as original as possible.

-Will this S10 trans mount to my 327 or do I need an adapter plate?

OK - that's probably enough for now. I have read so much on the web about these conversions I am starting to confuse myself. Would like to start a "parts pile" as I am doing the body work...hope to have her on the road for spring...

Thanks again,

Matt



 
Bob_Hayden 
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Bob_Hayden
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Loc: Indianapolis, In. USA
Reg: 07-17-01
12-04-12 08:29 PM - Post#2295107    
    In response to mdmccool

Welcome to CT!!!! I have a 94 Blazer 4X4 rear in my 54. Don't know what years you want but do know that it is 59 inches from wheel mounting face to wheel mounting face. You will have to move the spring perches out to fit the 53 springs and drill them for the bolt head. If it were me I would fit the rear end and find out where to put the new holes. Then cut the perches off and drill holes on drill press and then weld them back on, they go, about three inches in from brake backing plate. Would also be good to set the pinion angle before welding them back.

Bob Hayden's 54 Chevy, 350 Engine with TH400 Tranny and 94 4X4 Blazer Rear End with 3:23 gears.(FINISHED PICS) </a> My 54 Albums

2014 Silverado Double cab (BLUE)


Edited by Bob_Hayden on 12-04-12 08:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
mdmccool 
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12-05-12 04:21 PM - Post#2295371    
    In response to Bob_Hayden

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your response and welcome. Thanks too for the rear information. The 59" measurement is just the kind of info I need.

I've had a few 50's and 60's cars but I've never done any major modifications to them. This will be my first project and I an looking forward to it.

I also had another transmission thought. I kind of like the idea of leaving the manual column shift, but i have read the the original 3 speed won't hold-up to a V8, not to mention the non-syncro 1st gear. Anybody know if a late 60's or early 70's full syncro saginaw 3 speed work in this application? Are they any stronger?

Thanks again,

Matt



 
Bob_Hayden 
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Bob_Hayden
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12-05-12 08:39 PM - Post#2295450    
    In response to mdmccool

Your welcome. Know nothing about the tranny stuff so can't help there but somebody on here can. LOL

Bob Hayden's 54 Chevy, 350 Engine with TH400 Tranny and 94 4X4 Blazer Rear End with 3:23 gears.(FINISHED PICS) </a> My 54 Albums

2014 Silverado Double cab (BLUE)


 
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