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Old 05-12-2018, 03:48 PM   #51
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I hear you there richard. I like the 55s best of the tri-five cars. The 57s are kinda gaudy in my opinion.

I own a 53, which is an old family car. So i am kind of partial to the shoeboxes.
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When I was in my early twenties I had a customer, a lady who at the time must have been in her early seventies, who's daily driver was a stripped '57 two-door sedan, maroon in color, with the "power pack" package - V-8 (265 I think) with dual exhaust, and a Rochester 4-bbl. she was a widow for about eight years. Her husband bought the car just before he died. It was his first new car and he loved that car. The old lady said she would never sell it to me... or to anybody else.






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Pretty sure a '57 would have been a 283
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The 110 hp 265" v-8 was used between 1955 & 1957 but they also had a 115 hp 283" during those same years so the Power Pack probably used the 283.





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In ‘53 the “blue flame” straight six (in the powerglide cars) was 115hp and it went up to 125hp in ‘54. Ratings on the standard trans six engines was a little lower (108 and 115 if i recall).
It surprises me that he first chevy V-8s were lower hp than the I-6 engines.
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the 6 clys were not higher in hores power than a v8 the power pack v8 283 was rated at 220 horse in 1957.....charlie
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Wow Charlie, I didn't know that. Thanks for the education.

The horsepower ratings I gave for the 265 and the 283 came off the Internet. I'm not surprised the Internet is wrong... look who invented it - the inventor of 'fake news'.






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Just wanted to revisit this thread to extend my thanks to the board for the great tip; using glass to remove an old finish.

I'm no expert by any stretch but I have refinished my fair share of gunstocks. The glass trick (w/Zip Strip) is far and away superior to anything I've ever tried. The effectiveness, with one treatment is fantastic and very little sanding, if any in some cases, is required. Seems there was a pc w/just the right profile for me no matter the requirement. Stock was stripped within minutes, literally.

Love the old-school ways..
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