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« on: November 04, 2017, 08:07:55 AM »

Hello all,
     I have started working on one of my long awaited projects.  When I was 8 years old my father bought me my first car.  A 1957 Chevy Station wagon.  We took most of it apart and had it blasted, and primered when I was around 18.  We worked on this car together and this is where I learned to love cars and do the things I can do.  I am working on the body work this winter and will eventually need to get it painted and get a new engine and transmission.  I have both a 350 tranny (that needs a rebuild) and the original 283 V8 but the Heavy wagon will need many more horses than the stock 283 will be willing to put out.  Maybe some 202 heads and a cam /intake and 4 barrel.  I just wanted to put some feelers out in case anyone has or comes across anything, has some double hump heads lying around, or has any necessities or 1957 parts in general.  Thanks!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 06:14:10 AM »

The 2.02 heads are expensive and hard to find. A set of "Vortec" heads will flow as well, and can be found anywhere. They will require a different intake and valve cover, however. Back in "the day", 283's powered an assortment of vehicles in every sort of motorsport. In NHRA stock classes, I've seen them in the 11's and 12's in tri-five Chevies, and later full sized cars. A tall rear, and a 4L80E trans will make it pretty quick. Lots of books on the subject out there.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2017, 06:11:23 PM »

I've got a spare 350 and recently rebuilt 700R4 trans if you are looking to do a swap and go with fuel injection. Comes with upgraded injectors, ported edelbrock intake, light weight pully's, Also included is the entire suspension, new tires, upgraded brakes and the rest of my 86 vette.
All of this for $4,000*

*some disassembly required

IMG_3863 by abshifflett, on Flickr
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 07:29:23 PM »

Also included is the entire suspension, new tires, upgraded brakes and the rest of my 86 vette.
All of this for $4,000*

*some disassembly required


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Good one, Aaron.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 06:36:05 AM »

Well oddly enough I found a 283 "Power Pack" motor at a shop here in Richmond.  1957 was the first year they attained 1 hp per Cubic Inch with a primitave fuel injection system, and yes that motor was a 283 with 283hp..  The key to the 283 horsepower was the heads and the fuel injection.  I think I can make this work.  Now I need a rebuild of the TH350 transmission .... Body work is coming along nicely.  I am gonna need a place to spray it ... or I can use my friends field again.  Again any 57 Chevy parts are welcome!!!  I'll need a good intake / cam / and carburetor for the 283.  Isn't there a song called "1 piece at a time" by Johnny Cash! Yep...unmute and enjoy the music.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHniL8MyMM
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