Anybody,I stumbled upon a '51 Chevy P/U threeyears ago from a departiing Special Forcessoldier and purchased it and drove it offfor $500.I am considering the possibliity of installing a 235 in-line six with anOffenhauser triple-carb setup. However,I am wondering if anyone could offer anyadvice on the addtion of power steering and air-conditioning to this proposed set-up.In addition, can anyone offer any links where I can find a crate performance 235 engine and all the necessary brackets for a/c and power steering as well as the alternator.Much Obliged,Ed
You must have lots of money and not care about performance or gas mileage, not to mention a lot of patience.Don't get me wrong I like stovebolts as much as the next person, but you would be much better off going with a small-block if you actually plan on driving the '51. I'm guessing the truck still has torque-tube with a 216?Sell all that stuff to someone that wants a stocker and get a drivtrain you can get parts for.
John,Thanks for your candid advice. I am rather new at this game.Ed
Ed, you are welcome. If you want power-steering, and air-conditioning with great performance and way better gas-mileage and want to get the most bang for your buck here's the way to do it. Look for a 305 or 350 cubic inch Chevy motor and a auto overdrive tranny like a 700-R4. If your chassis is still stock you will have to upgrade to accept an open driveline. You can upgrade your stock chassis or buy a new roller (there's several differnet places that sell rolling chassis advertised in Custom Classic Trucks) It's a lot of fun to upgrade a stocker but it will a lot of time and some money.I've said it before and I'll say it again the fastest way to go and the best way to avoid the learning curve is a roller. Hope this helps,John G.