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  • sbca96
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    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

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

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  • Scott
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    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.

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  • sbca96
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    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

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  • 8E45E
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    [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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  • nc66
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    what's happening Paul it's Mike Teague here. you got a 65chassis manual?

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  • r1lark
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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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    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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