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Re: 3 cyl vs 4 cyl?

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12-05-2012 07:29:36

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How "modern" are your 3 cylinders? The engines made the last 10-15 years can hardly be compared to engines designed 75 years ago and built 60 years ago. Air flow, fuel injection, electronic ignition have all improved. Compare a Chevy 235 I6 (3.9 Liter) to a "new" Chevy 2.2 engine. Almost half the size with much more HP and torque and they both run on 87 octane.

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12-05-2012 10:46:27

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 Re: 3 cyl vs 4 cyl? in reply to dhermesc, 12-05-2012 07:29:36  
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Put that 2.2 into a '57 Chevy 60 series truck and see how long it would last.

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12-05-2012 11:28:51

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 Re: 3 cyl vs 4 cyl? in reply to MisterT, 12-05-2012 10:46:27  
I don't recall the 235 being much on durability. The babbitt bearings should be enough said on that topic.

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Owen Aaland

12-05-2012 12:02:30

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 Re: 3 cyl vs 4 cyl? in reply to dhermesc, 12-05-2012 11:28:51  
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Only the first few years used poured babbit bearings like the the 216 did. From 1955 on all the 235 engines had precision bearing inserts. The insert type bearings were also babbit but only a couple thousands of in inch thick. There superiority comes from the steel backing. The 261 engines didn't last so long in many of those trucks either but then running them at 4400 rpm at 55 mph could have been part of the problem.

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