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Old CWO last won the day on July 29

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About Old CWO

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    Northern Nevada
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    1952 B3B


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    Guns, Trucks and Curvy Women

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  1. While not original, adding front discs, dual pot MC and seat belts are definitely smart safety investments. I would also include radial tires and 12V/LED lighting right up there as well.
  2. The more I think about it, with the parts you have on hand I might: Use the block with the most wear/taper in the cylinders and punch it big. Egge has pistons and rings in .100 oversize, which would carry the engine up to about 245 CI and make it a tiny bit less undersquare. Based on a desktop dyno type program I have it theoretically would develop around 150 HP and 220 TQ with 8:1 compression and enough fuel/air. At .080 over you're still really close to that, at least in theory (148/215). Those numbers (if realistic) are markedly better than the factory ratings on a fresh 218 or 230. Since there's no additional cost over a stock rebuild and you still have a spare block, I don't see why it isn't worth exploring. As the old saying goes, "there is no replacement for displacement."
  3. Yes that can help, taller tires will kill some highway RPM. 215/85R16s is a good size on these trucks. They have a tall/skinny proportion like vintage bias ply tires and are about 31" tall.
  4. I would put together the better of your two 23" blocks/heads with the 230 rotating assembly (assuming it's good.) You already have it so it's "free" horsepower so to speak. Small gains in HP/TQ are large by percentage in lower powered engines; you can usually tell the difference in performance.
  5. Sounds like my kind of place. Well, except I'm sorta picky about coffee... I don't know what it is, but all the cool "guy" places to hang out seem to be going extinct: traditional auto parts stores, real barber shops, neighborhood bait & tackle, electronics supply stores, hobby shops, etc. I guess we just order it all on the internet cheaper so there's no reason to go in and chew the fat with the local guy anymore.
  6. I worked the counter at a couple of traditional parts stores (with machine shops) when I was a kid. Honestly those jobs had more long term value for me from a technical perspective than any other place I've worked. I learned so much I still use today: pipe and hose sizes and fitting types, how to properly measure bearings and seals with a caliper, parts interchangeability, making custom crimped hydraulic hoses, basic machine shop tasks, fastener sizes and thread pitch by sight, clutch up-sizing, etc. etc. This was just before the lookup computers became common place so I learned to be a catalog commando. Love em. Way more information in the old school catalogs than digital lookup by make and model only. (psst. Look in the back...that's where the good info usually is!)
  7. Well, if I were looking to go automatic this is the path I would pursue: Wilcap flattie to GM adapter GM TH200-4R. It's essentially the same size as a TH350, has good ratios (2.74 1st, .67 OD), and can certainly handle the power range required. You would have to figure out the TV cable, but I don't think that's an insurmountable task. Lots and lots of aftermarket support for that transmission and reasonably easy to find. Deep rear end gears. Like 4.56 or 4.88 depending on tire size.
  8. The Pertronix for 6V positive ground has been fine for me as well. Simple to install and dead reliable so far. After installation I just ran the timing up to max vacuum at idle, backed off a little and locked it down. Starts and runs really smooth. It's not a deal breaker or anything but I do like that it retains a stock appearance as opposed to using a different distributor. In the "old days" I wouldn't be too worried about just keeping the points ignition for a low RPM flattie but it sure seems like any of them you buy now are substandard quality.
  9. Capitol Clutch and Brake in Sacramento can rebuild your pressure plate. They are reputable and prices are not unreasonable. I sent them mine recently for a rebuild and while talking with them we discussed the spring situation. They told me that the standard truck PP has half as many springs as one intended for a forklift. The information was that they could sell a new forklift PP that would fit or simply add the springs into a rebuilt unit if required. He did think it would be pretty stout with all the springs installed. Mine was returned to stock so I can't speak to that but I trust this shop to know what they are talking about. I have to assume there is a similar shop somewhere in the LA basin but I don't have any first hand experience with one.
  10. Well stated. I would add that tire diameter is also an important variable to consider in the mix. As a general rule, the taller the tire the deeper the gearing needed. I have also found that lower power engines (like four bangers or flatheads) seem to have better pep when leaning a little lower rather than a little higher with final drive ratios. If the math comes out for a rear end ratio that is in between what's available, choose the lower (higher numerically) option. I believe if you've got an OD trans don't be afraid to go deep in the rear end. Many people are surprised by how low they can go and keep reasonable highway cruising RPM.
  11. Oh, my mistake. Looked like a 280Z from the angle in the photo. Either way, interesting mashup.
  12. Slant Six in Datsun Z car? Well played sir.
  13. Had a Chevy truck once that previous owner installed an Olds 403. Torquey engine but didn't like to rev; spun mine a little too hard and the bottom half let loose. Years ago I met a guy who dumped an Olds Toronado 455 with transaxle in the back of a Datsun truck. He had no joke a full bucket of rusty nails and random hardware bolted to the front crossmember where the four banger used to live. He claimed it needed the weight up front for steering. It had a tonneau cover hiding the engine and was apparently quite the street sleeper. How about an early Bronco with EFI 4.9L straight six? It looked like the guy notched the firewall darn near a foot to fit that monster in there. Was sort of cool in a dare to be different kind of way.
  14. It's funny you post this, my answer is also Lineman's Pliers. Sometime around 1988 or so I found a nice pair of red handled Japanese made lineman's pliers sitting on the side of the road at the intersection of Jackson Highway and Ione Road in California. Back then that was considered "out in the sticks" so finding them laying there all by themselves in good shape seemed odd. The pliers are still in my toolbox and get used regularly; the cutters are just now starting to get dull.
  15. Thankyou. 

    1. Old CWO

      Old CWO

      You are most welcome sir.

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