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New Motor for the '31 Coupe

Haven't made any progress on my coupe...still trying to sell my roadster before I start dumping time and money into it. However, I am now the proud new owner of a nice piece of traditional hot-rod history.

My coupe has a new heartbeat now. A 283 out of a '57 Chevy. My goal is to keep this car period correct for a late 50's early 60's build, and this motor fits the bill perfectly. Although, instead of putting double humps, I might splurge and find some modern dart heads to put on the motor to help it come alive. Also plan on another set of 3x2's...hopefully stromberg 97's this time if I can come up with enough cash.

Mmmmm...old school cool.





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How many HP?
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Stock & base 283's had about 180hp...this was likely a stock...note the single 2 barrel carb intake. You could get them with about 280hp with multiple carbs, even fuel injection back in the late 50's.

I anticipate and hoping for around 300hp when I'm done. However, the power and fun in these is in the short stroke. These are high winding screamers. Should be a lot of fun. Will bore it out if I can...depending on block. The very earlier ones were bored out 265's...if thats the case, i'd be limited on how much I can bore it out. Power will come from pistons, better heads (perhaps aluminum dart), and multiple carbs (planning on running another 3x2 setup like my 350 in my roadster).
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wow, thats not too bad at all

i was thinking like 90
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Should be a screamer. Have a th350 lined up already but toying with putting a 4 speed in it. Depends on room and seating position I end up with and if I have room to operate a clutch. It'll have more room than my roadster as model As are significantly larger than Model Ts...also since this one will not be channelled. However it's still not a big car and I'm still 6'3 with big feet. So clutch may still not be an option.
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wow, thats not too bad at all

i was thinking like 90

Oh god no...that's 30s flathead power. Which is why I won't own a flathead. I could spend about 10k and maybe possibly be sniffing 180-200hp range. Even the 265s are well over 100hp.
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bump for progress now that the roadster is sold!
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Waiting for parts to come in now....but am going to hold tight until I get a title. Don't want to put any more money or time into it until its legally mine. Turns out, Texas is becoming an asshole to hot-rodders and obtaining titles for non-titled vehicles is becoming more and more difficult and expensive.

Who woulda thunk that a flimsy piece of paper would be hard to keep track of after 85 years and multiple owners.
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