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Username Post: 1957 two door 150 handyman        (Topic#347746)
235 
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10-18-17 05:55 PM - Post#2711292    

Me and my son had the old 57 out for a ride today. The weather is starting to change here in Westchester NY .Oct.18th so now every day getting to drive an old one is good.We found an original 1957 cast iron power guild for the 235 which should make driving the wagon easier . People love to pull up real close to the back of the car , and on hills you don't what the thing to sputter and crash the front end of their B.M.W.It has no power steering , or power brakes which is fine. Someone put a used four speed in it but all the shift linkage will jam up at times. Soon it's going in to get restored. It's an original paint 57 two door 150 wagon from California so their is no rust. Will try and send some before pictures.Domenic



Edited by 235 on 10-18-17 05:59 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 

56sedandelivery 
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10-19-17 01:21 PM - Post#2711377    
    In response to 235

If you're concerned about the tailgaters, it won't get any better with a Powerglide, and most likely will get worse. Adjust the 4 speed shifter linkage, and it may change your mind about swapping; it could also be worn bushings in the shifter and levers. What brand shifter is it? I love the 150 Models, in anything, but especially in the Tri-Five cars. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.





 
235 
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10-19-17 02:44 PM - Post#2711394    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Hey Butch thanks for responding. The shifter is a Herst one. The second owner took out the three speed which also came with the car. He wanted to be able to shift to first while still moving.The main case of the four speed number is 3890564 dated A216. The tail case is 2375886 I believe . We went to Chev supply in Assonet Mass. and John had a 57 powerglide from a six cylinder car with about 56,000 original miles on it.How come you think that this wont help on take off's on hills? can't you hold the brake and feather the gas if needed to take off clean? Domenic



Edited by 235 on 10-19-17 05:19 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
57tim 
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10-19-17 04:33 PM - Post#2711409    
    In response to 235

You will probably be the first person to go from a 4 speed to a Powerglide. They suck. Go to a th350 or overdrive 700r4 or 200r4. Almost the same amount of work with much more satisfaction.

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235 
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10-19-17 05:16 PM - Post#2711415    
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Thank you for responding. Can I put a tur-bo 350 transmission on a 235 straight six? If so do they make one specially for the six? The 55-thur 57 made a power guild for the eight, and a different one for the six.Thanks, Domenic



Edited by 235 on 10-19-17 05:17 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
56sedandelivery 
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10-19-17 11:15 PM - Post#2711445    
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The adapter to take a 235 to a later model aluminum, automatic transmission, is fairly expensive. Since your Wagon was originally a six/3-speed, it would have most likely had 3.70 gears; 4.11's if the 3-speed also had overdrive. I personally don't think you'd be real happy to go with an old, cast iron, Powerglide. Maybe with a V-8, but not a six. You can get a device known as a Hill Holder or Line Loc (used in drag racing to hold a car on the line); they lock the front brakes to hold a car in position. I believe Studebaker used them with manual transmissions. Not hard to install one, and not very expensive. It'll hold a car on an incline/hill, and when you let out the clutch, you release the Hill Holder/Line Loc. Should be able to find out more about them online. Use a 1/4 inch drill bit to lock you Hurst shifter in neutral, and adjust all the levers to that position. Use some new bushings, and it should tighten up the shifter. IF you really need an automatic with your six, go with a 200R4. They have a lower first gear that you'll need with a six, and overdrive for the freeways. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
235 
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10-20-17 04:19 AM - Post#2711460    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Hey butch, thanks again for the info. The three speed did not have an overdrive so the rear must be 370. Now I know why most of these cars have a crate 350 in them, with a tur-bo 350 trans. You can buy a crate 350 long block brand new delivered for about 3,300 and the trans for about 1,500.delivered at the same time. I have heard that you can not buy a good hydraulic cam anymore for these six's so I was going to go with a regular lift soild lifter truck cam. Every car Chevrolet made thur 1956 that was a three speed came with a soild cam ,so this should be ok. Just adjust at suggested intervals.I'ts going to cost more to re-build the six so maybe the new 350 we be a better move.I have the ram horn exhust manifolds and a cast iron 4 barrel intake and maybe a can dress it to look like a 283.Domenic



 
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10-22-17 05:31 AM - Post#2711663    
    In response to 235

Sorry but I'm difficulty trying to visualize
"the old 57" being taken out for a ride and the changing weather in Westchester.


VC56S 2 door Sedan, 38 Years



 
235 
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10-22-17 07:23 AM - Post#2711675    
    In response to Bad56Sedan

Hello ,here in Westchester about 35 miles north of NYC it's the suburbs and all the trees are changing colors. In the town of Croton -on -Hudson it's really nice . We have the Croton dam which has a twenty mile lake of fresh water so the many, many miles of woods around it are protected by the department of environmental protection or D.E.P.Also the Hudson river is at it's widest which also makes for some great scenery.Sometime in December the snow starts to fly and the old cars get put away till May when all the salt on the roads have been washed away by April showers. Here we have four seasons each lasting about 3 months so it is always changing. Domenic



 
Bad56Sedan 
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10-22-17 08:50 AM - Post#2711685    
    In response to 235

A picture sure would clarify that visual !

VC56S 2 door Sedan, 38 Years



 

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