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Username Post: Back at it! My plans….        (Topic#374434)
drew1987 
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drew1987
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02-03-24 05:39 PM - Post#2866547    

Hey all,

So after barely using my 50 in 2021-22 and having it in indefinite storage since around this time last year, I finally have a plan for it that I am actually excited about!!!

I figured it would be in storage much longer, but I leased a shop and it’s going to go in the back corner and I can work on it here and there.


So the plans!!!


My 54 front drum set up dropped uprights rips the brake hoses out of the wheel cylinders so like 9 years ago I added weld to make a bump stop. I feel like new stock springs will raise the car just enough to fix this issue and gain some turning radius back (or take some away I should say ahaha)

I hate the lack of power steering. Hate. So I am going to do an Astro van power steering year. If I recall correctly, it’s a second GEN Camaro manual steering Pitman drilled out with a model a 1 inch ball welded in that works great with our front end.


I want a 292 straight six. I guess if I can’t find or afford one, 250 will do fine. I have a nice late 235 but big bucks to get that hooked up to a modern transmission plus a 250/292 is more power.

I’d LOVE a 4L60e or even 6L80e with a controller, but I’m sure my budget will put me into a 700r4 or a 200r4. Lord willing I can find one. I have 3.55:1s I’ll probly throw in for a real nice set up. Highway cruiser!


I might just do air conditioning, but I’m inclined to think the lack of a v8 jammed in there will reduce the engine heat that comes in so I might not bother. Plus I have my convertible (just a beat up 200k mile camry but the top works!) for hot days.


If I have a good summer, money-wise, I might finally get wide whites!



So that’s it. I’m finally excited again about my car.


If anyone happens to have a good 292 or trans for sale let me know

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 


GreatNorthWoods 
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02-04-24 02:54 AM - Post#2866556    
    In response to drew1987

I like your plans. Good luck with it.

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto CK Business Coupe- 350 Chevy Crate V8, 4-wheel disc brakes, TH400, S-10 Rear, Heidt's IFS, A/C


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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Loc: Western NY
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02-04-24 05:53 AM - Post#2866560    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Thanks!

I probly will give up on the 292. They are just so rare. But the rest (250) I hope to find soon!

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Mike JW 
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02-04-24 10:55 AM - Post#2866570    
    In response to drew1987

A 292 is a great choice Drew, I run one with a 700R4 it works great, I'm sure you'll like your choice.



 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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02-04-24 11:14 AM - Post#2866571    
    In response to Mike JW

Mike I actually almost PMed you last night. Saw a conversation that I started 10 years ago and you, Ray, Butch and other staples of this community had great contributions!

Looks like I might not get a 292. I cannot seem to find one. But I have a 700r4 lined up (I think) and I can easily get a 250 or a 230. I have 3.08's and 3.55's to choose from so this should be a nice running set up.

I am really excited about this next chapter for this car. its going to be SUPER drivable. I am going to get great MPG's too, I am sure, and I want to set up the carb to not mind 87 with 10% ethanol to keep it even cheaper.


First time I have been this excited about the car since I drove it the first time after the last build


Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Shepherd 
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02-04-24 11:34 AM - Post#2866572    
    In response to drew1987

Done some sbc/ 700r4 conversions in the shop, 3.08 is no good with the o/d, 3.55, or 3.73 is more appropriate, tire size enters the formula of course.



 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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02-04-24 11:42 AM - Post#2866573    
    In response to Shepherd

Thank you for that, that’s kind of what I figured. 2000 RPMs at 64 mph with 3.55. And I have a set of them in a crate

Is 292 as smooth, I mean 100% as smooth, as 250? I am much more interested in silky smoothness than power at this point

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
50_Fastback 
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02-04-24 02:03 PM - Post#2866575    
    In response to drew1987

Great to have you back in the mix of things!!!

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/200r4



 
drew1987 
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02-04-24 04:19 PM - Post#2866579    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Thanks glad to be back. Never meant to be gone so long and so often. When I showed up here I was newly wed. $2500 1950 Chevy car was the biggest dream come true ever. 4 kids now. And I have at least 2 dozen cool cars pass through my hands. A few stayed. This Chevy is something I plan to keep my whole life. That’s why it went into indefinite storage rather than craigslist

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
55 Shaker 
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02-04-24 07:42 PM - Post#2866595    
    In response to drew1987

I have no experience with 292's. But I have heard a few times that they get bad gas mileage. Maybe someone with some 292 experience can say one way or another.

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
drew1987 
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02-05-24 02:50 AM - Post#2866600    
    In response to 55 Shaker

Can’t be worse than the 350 in there now haha

There was a time I paid attention. Several tanks got 18mpg which isn’t horrible

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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02-05-24 01:03 PM - Post#2866611    
    In response to drew1987

Looks like I may have found a 292! Its more money than i want to spend BUT i listed my most unique car in my collection: a 1989 JDM Toyota Camry "Lumiere G" right hand drive with a freaking turbodiesel forklift engine! Hate to see it go but I got my fun out of it....

So is everyone who has experienced both the 250 and the 292 100% in agreement that the 292 is as smooth as the 250? I'd rather go slower and feel less NVH at this point in my life. Just really want my car back

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Mike JW 
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02-05-24 01:40 PM - Post#2866612    
    In response to 55 Shaker

Allot depends on how you drive them. Mines a little thirsty but my foots a little heavy.




 
drew1987 
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02-05-24 02:00 PM - Post#2866614    
    In response to Mike JW

Well I hope I get 20 something miles to the gallon, but if I don’t that’s OK. My big concern is smoothness. In fact, this is the first clear path I’ve had for this car, and the most excited I’ve been for it, in about a decade. All of it can be summed up in one word: “drivability.“

No vibration and harshness are public enemy number one in this next build. In fact: I’ve got a set of early 90s Chevy Caprice motor mount pads I was going to adapt. I might go farther and go with 2Jz pads. That’s a relatively heavy six cylinder engine, and in my wife’s crown Majesta, I can’t even feel it running. So why not use those mounts? Either way, they are not going to be the biscuits I have now. And I am very likely going to adapt the best transmission mount I can find as well. I currently have through bolts and a couple slices of tire tread lol great for the race track, not for a peaceful drive through the countryside

With only as my goal, am I robbing myself of any by going to 92 instead of 250

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
Mike JW 
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02-05-24 05:17 PM - Post#2866623    
    In response to drew1987

Drew I have never done a 250 so I don't know the answer to your question. I can say I'm quite happy with my 292.




 
gcrkfrd 
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02-05-24 05:57 PM - Post#2866626    
    In response to Mike JW

Good to see you back, I thought something might have happened. I love Six in a Row, but, trying to put together a 350, for old Chebby.

1952 Styleline Sedan-
Blue 1967 C-20, Survivor.
The only running vehicles I own.


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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Loc: Western NY
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02-05-24 06:03 PM - Post#2866627    
    In response to gcrkfrd

By a shred of grace, still kicking ;-) thank you for that.

I hope it goes well putting together the 350. They are very common very cheap now that everybody wants an LS

Thank you. I have a line on a 292. Apparently it’s perfect but has an exhaust leak at the manifold… Not sure I can weld it if it’s a crack, guy wants top dollar but Tim seems more precious lately

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
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02-22-24 02:58 PM - Post#2867144    
    In response to drew1987

Figured this would be the right spot to share this. I went by the storage place today. She’s blocked in my a camper and some other people’s old cars but she’s going to drive out of that long rest on her own power. Maybe April.

Hoping by then to have that parts all lighted up to make this happen quickly.

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Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

1950 Chevy Styleline Deluxe
1954 Chevy 3100
Various other "modern classics"


 


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