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Aug 22, 2002 (4:32 pm)
Great link. Makes you wonder why anyone with a tired 216 would do anything but bolt in a 235. Or even better, the truck 261. Or still better, a 302 Jimmy with a few vintage speed parts and maybe an early Hydro. More power, more reliability--and it's "period correct". My conscience would be clear.
#45 of 63 I don't disagree...
Aug 22, 2002 (6:44 pm)
Good article. the 235 is far superior. My only point was that the 216's weren't THAT bad!
And I would have no problem making the conversion. A V-8 I wouldn't do.
Aug 22, 2002 (6:52 pm)
Is the 230 from the '60s different than the 235?
Aug 22, 2002 (7:55 pm)
The 230 came out in 1963 and it's a more modern engine with short stroke and seven main bearings.
The 230 is a stoked version of the 194 that was the optional Nova engine in 1962. The standard engine was a 153 four banger that later became the Iron Duke--GM never throws away a perfectly good engine. I think the four was based on the 194 six tooling.
The first Chevelle in 1964 had a special 230 with a "general performance" cam and 15 more hp than the Nova and Impala version. Also had a chrome valve cover and air cleaner lid that year only.
There's also a 250 version that came out in 1966 and a 292 truck six that's still alive and well in UPS trucks.
There was also a 215 version that Pontiac used in '64-65. The 230-250 OHC Pontiac six was based on the Chevy six block.
Aug 23, 2002 (6:27 am)
Good little engine the 230. They used them in Checker cabs I believe, as well as the 283.
#49 of 63 '51 Bel Air?
Sep 10, 2002 (1:30 pm)
I could be mistaken, but I don't think the Bel Air model came out in 1953. The '53 and '54s were almost identical, and, I believe, they were the first Chevys with a one piece windshield.
#50 of 63 first year for Bel Air was 1950 (two-door hardtop only)
Sep 10, 2002 (2:42 pm)
Apr 03, 2006 (10:51 am)
The Bel Air name arrived in 1950 to designate the Chevrolet Hardtop. It was also the first year of the 235, which carried on to '62.
Apr 03, 2006 (11:06 am)
the Bel Air become an an entire series? As in hardtop, 4-door sedan, 2-door sedan, etc? Was it 1955?
#53 of 63 Re: When did... [andre1969]
Apr 03, 2006 (11:20 am)
1953, 150 Special, 210 Deluxe, and 240 Bel Air. In '55 Special and Deluxe became just the 150 and 210, while Bel Air dropped the 240. For what reason, I do not know.