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  • 66 engine swap

    I've got a 66 cruiser with a bad engine and my question is about putting a 230 in place of the 283. It just doesn't look like there is enough room without moving the radiator forward. Did the engine get moved back or was there a different radiator?

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    quote:Originally posted by nc66

    I've got a 66 cruiser with a bad engine and my question is about putting a 230 in place of the 283. It just doesn't look like there is enough room without moving the radiator forward. Did the engine get moved back or was there a different radiator?
    IIRC, the radiator was actually moved forward to make room for the longer six cylinder, by using a different panel behind the grille (the panel that the hood latch bolts to).

    Do you have a parts book? If so, you should be able to verify this. If not, let me know and I can check mine.

    Where are you located?

    Paul

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    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
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    • #3
      what's happening Paul it's Mike Teague here. you got a 65chassis manual?

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      • #4
        [quote]Originally posted by nc66

        what's happening Paul it's Mike Teague here. you got a 65chassis manual?

        Indeed, the radiator does sit a few inches farther forward in a 6 than it does on the V8's. You will have to located a rad saddle and the sheet metal spacer from a '65-6 6-cylinder to make it fit.

        Craig.

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        • #5
          You will kill the value by putting a 6 into a V8 car. With the cost
          of a running GM V8 at less then 500 bucks, just get another V8. If
          you are in Southern California, I have a running 305 Chevy that you
          can have for a couple hundred - you pick up! (I will throw in the 350
          transmission for free!)

          Tom
          '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
          Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
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          • #6
            nc66, I'm selling my 66 Cruiser and it runs well and doesn't look too bad. I've got new fenders and front valance and other parts. It does need some floor work and a few other things things, but it's already a driver. I'm in MN. Since these pictures the wheels have all been repainted white, like the originals. I'm asking $2000 for everything. Maybe that would save you the trouble with yours. Plus mine has NOS kingpins installed and disc brakes.






            I'm only selling it because I decided to get a older VW bug as a winter driver and something has to go to pay for it.
            "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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            • #7
              I'd forget about switching to the inline six, and use a 305 like sbca suggested.

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              • #8
                If you are on a budget .. if you have some extra cash, and want to do
                it "right" then I would rebuild the 283. Its a good engine, with a
                few upgrades that the factory GM's didnt get. Or you can pick up a
                350 engine locally. There are a LOT of options with the GM powered
                65-66 models. I'd be tempted to drop in an LT1 or LS2 crate motor!

                Tom
                '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
                Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
                http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
                I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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