Disassembling our crusty Chevy "Stovebolt 6" engine project | Redline Update #25

The engine is out! Time to tear apart our Chevrolet 216 “Stovebolt” straight-6 engine from our 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup truck and see what gremlins it may be hiding. A hammer and torch-wielding Davin Reckow does his best to disassemble this crusty bit of American iron in order to send to our friends at Thirlby for some much-needed machine work on the block and head.

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31 thoughts on “Disassembling our crusty Chevy "Stovebolt 6" engine project | Redline Update #25

  1. that starter is similar to a fordson major tractor very reliable and smart suits a fordson just another reason why they are such a reliable indestructible tractor

  2. Most dependable motor ever made, I actually have one in a golf course tractor, it drinks gas, but its start every time and runs forever, a monkey could work on it.

  3. There is still a couple of 235s buried in my brothers back yard.
    216s didn’t have very many main bearings. Wow, that actually has oil dippers on the rods.
    I think that has 4 main bearings where 235 has 5 if I’m not mistaken. 230, and 250 from the sixties had 7. One on each side of each rod, those things were good for 10,000 rpm which some racers did with them.
    That bell housing looks like the same for 55 Chevy.
    Modern cars have electric solenoid pulling the starter in gear, on them oldies you pushed it in gear with your foot. That’s getting pretty rustic.

  4. Where do you find a machine shop that will work on old engines like that. A few years ago I tore down an old Ford flathead. I had to drop the project because I couldn’t find a shop the bore the cylinders.

  5. Always a subject of discussion and dis-agreement. Please confer with your machinist of choice regarding the conversion of one of these solid lifter antiques over to hydraulic lifters??? Would love to hear a "expert/experienced" opinion/answer along with the logic behind that answer.

  6. You could do with a 'dead blow' hammer in your tool kit rather than using a ball pein hammer to shock parts off.
    One of my favourite tools.

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