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Username Post: Them really rare, 1957 265 CORVETTE engines.        (Topic#357730)
56sedandelivery 
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08-19-19 04:00 PM - Post#2773601    

Just looking at that auction site we all know and love today, and I came across a 1957 265 block; in the add, it states CORVETTE (please don't tell me there actually were some 265, 1957 Corvette's made!), and one of only 147 made (???). WHERE do these people get these ideas from; are they ALL so totally mentally ill/stupid/crooked, that they really have NO idea what they're peddling? I was't having a very good day as it is, then I read something like this. AND, there's NO easy way to get in touch with E-Bay to tell them the kind of FRAUD they are allowing. I don't really feel any better now, but at least that's off my chest.
I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 


Mel Foye 
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08-30-19 03:02 PM - Post#2774503    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

IIRC some of the real early 57 base passenger cars came with a 265 that was lime green and only with one kind of trans. A 3 on the tree?
Pretty much when I hear someone say they have a Corvette engine in a non-Vette I start to doubt it.
I have a 56 Vette with a 265. To think of all the
$$$ spent on the GREAT HP 57 283 Vette hoop la to see the factory put a Vette engine in a passenger car does not fly.
As to why do people say what they do probably best to ask them directly.



 
56sedandelivery 
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08-31-19 09:07 PM - Post#2774602    
    In response to Mel Foye

I have always said, if I ever had a Corvette, I'd put a "truck" motor in it. Instead of a 57 Chevrolet with a "Corvette" motor, I'd have an 82 Corvette, with a 63, 292 six in it; something to balance out the "law of conservation of energy", that states basically, "energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only changed from one form to another".
E=mc2; or something like that. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
Mel Foye 
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09-02-19 10:14 PM - Post#2774715    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Actually about 25-35 years ago there was a picture of a C2 with a straight six in it.



 
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10-12-19 10:06 PM - Post#2777762    
    In response to Mel Foye

If I REMEMBER CORRECTLY THE 57 265 BLOCK HAD THE SAME CASTING # AS THE 57 283. AS FAR AS ONE BEING PUT IN A 57 CORVETTE, I DON'T HAVE THOSE STATS.

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56sedandelivery 
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10-13-19 11:48 AM - Post#2777790    
    In response to Mel Foye

Actually, the 2 barrel 265 was the BASE V-8 engine with a 3 speed manual transmission for passenger cars, and was that awful chartreuse color. 283 was standard V-8 issue with an automatic. All the rest were options. NO 265, 1957 Corvette's were ever made (the reason for my thread), for any reason, at any time, for any reason; where do these guys come up with their "hallucinations" when posting something? I can see it in Washington State; after all, "we" passed Proposition 502 on gay marriage and marijuana. I did not vote for it. And, it has been a problem for the state since; pretty sure if it was't for the $$$ the State collects, it'd be a dead issue. I really hope it is in the future, and with the current "vaping" issues, it may come down to that. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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10-18-19 10:01 AM - Post#2778185    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Just for absolute clarification --------------- NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, there was NEVER a 265 in a 57 Corvette ------------ they were ONLY in pass cars (and trucks) for 57.
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 56 Corvettes had a 265. Period.
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 57 Corvettes had a 283. Period.
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 53-54 Corvettes had a 235 6cyl with 3 side draft carbs.
MOST 55 Corvettes had a 265 4bl carb V8 and MOST 55 Corvettes had a PG tranny. As of this date, so far, the best documentation shows that only about 10 55 Corvettes had a 6cyl and they had a 6volt system. The 55 Corvettes with a 265 had a 12v system.
LAST, again, so far, the best documentation shows that only (about) 75 55 Corvettes had a 3sp ------------ all the rest (6cyl and V8) had a PG tranny.
ALL 53 and EARLY 54 Corvettes had individual chrome bullet shaped air cleaners for the carbs (sorry, no picture). The 54 and 55 6cyl Corvette engines had tubing connection the 3 carbs with 2 air cleaner pots with chrome lids, as below.

All of this information ia VERY WELL supported with very credible documentation.

The 55 Corvettes with a V8 (SAME block as 55 pass cars) only came with 1x4bl carb and a chrome, louvered air cleaner.


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10-18-19 01:09 PM - Post#2778188    
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Tom, with so much of the V8 picture being as from the factory what is your thoughts on the heater water shut off? Mel



 
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10-18-19 08:28 PM - Post#2778216    
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I am NOT an absolute guru on 55 Vettes (my love is 56-57), but to the best of my knowledge, that is correct for a 55.
The 53-55 Corvettes DID NOT have a fresh air heater. They were re-circulating heaters.
EARLY 56 Corvettes had the same style re-circulating heater as 53-55. Then soon after 56 production, ALL the 56-later Corvettes got the fresh air heater (unless it was a heater delete car). Thus, ALL 56-later Corvettes (that got a heater) had a fresh air hose along the right inner fender, as seen on my 56. The Corvettes with the fresh air heater had the heater control valve INSIDE the car above and to the right of the blower motor. The heater control valve was opened/closed with a knob on the dash.
The heater hoses were routed BELOW the fresh air hose.

The VERY RARE 1957 "Airbox" Corvettes DID NOT GET a heater. But instead, they did have a fresh air hose along the right inner fender (bottom picture) which routed cooling air to the right rear brake. The rear brake cooling air ducting to the 57 rear brakes was somewhat convoluted, but it worked.


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10-21-19 08:36 AM - Post#2778411    
    In response to DZAUTO

Of the approximate 75 '55's with 3-speeds, were they all V8 or are there some six-cylinders?

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Mel Foye 
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10-21-19 09:45 AM - Post#2778424    
    In response to Sting Ray

The one 55 6 I was looking at was a PG. My guess is all were PG.



 
DZAUTO 
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10-21-19 02:09 PM - Post#2778448    
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  • Sting Ray Said:
Of the approximate 75 '55's with 3-speeds, were they all V8 or are there some six-cylinders?



Of the 1955 Corvettes with a 3sp, ALL of them were V8. No 3sp/6cyl combos in 55.



 
58chevguy 
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01-22-20 05:16 PM - Post#2784914    
    In response to DZAUTO

Does anyone know what exactly oil pan p/n 3754958 fits?? Got it in some leftover parts from my late step-father... Cannot find the part number in any parts books of mine. Been doing internet research and asking around... someone told me 56-57 Vette 265 V8... Can anyone verify this??

Thanks!



 
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02-08-20 08:03 PM - Post#2786141    
    In response to DZAUTO

Just to throw a monkey wrench into all this, my wife's 57 has a 57 265 block (with 64 heads) Of course this is wrong, but the casting number is 57, but the stamping code is for a 265. Would like to find a 57 283 block cast before mid October 56. Car is #411.
Ken

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11-25-21 11:18 AM - Post#2831431    
    In response to DZAUTO

My entire life I have heard people talk about "special order" vehicles and the tales that they tell get longer and longer. This includes the 1978 Caprice Classic special ordered with a 454 engine.

Going back to 1957, who knows for sure what went on 65 years ago? I don't. The factory records are LONG GONE and there is no way to know for sure.

I also remember a seller on eBay who was selling a 1977 Chevrolet Impala that his mother won on a game show years ago. The car was very lightly equipped and had an inline 6-cylinder 250 engine. I had never seen one in that era of Impala or Caprice. Interesting thing is that it was Chevy Orange, not blue. So, I assumed that the engine had been swapped.

Then he shows me a photo after they took delivery of the vehicle and with the hood up you can see the Chevy Orange on the engine.

1977 was the year that GM painted all of their engines "corporate blue" and stopped with the division specific colors. So, there you go.

I did not witness every vehicle built in the past so to say NO CARS... is not verifiable. I doubt that the factory ever produced a 1978 Caprice with a 454 but I'd believe a 265 in a 57 Corvette.



 


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