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It is the original 235 that someone painted orange. the original for 58/59 trucks was gray, I have the original paint and valve cover decal for it. It will look like the one pictured.
216 was the standard equipment engine, the 235 was the hi power option. Which is a laugh by today's standards.

If you ever go in the bottom end of it, you'll be shocked. It just squirts oil at the connecting rods, no oiling from the crank.
 

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Thanks for the tip on the Leeds unit. I just bookmarked their site. That's less than half the $ of the Hydra-Boost unit I was considering. I hadn't pulled the trigger yet because that one is $900. Ouch. Have you had any experience with the Leeds unit?
 

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216 was the standard equipment engine, the 235 was the hi power option. Which is a laugh by today's standards.

If you ever go in the bottom end of it, you'll be shocked. It just squirts oil at the connecting rods, no oiling from the crank.
Yeah, I'm very familiar with theses engines 216, 235 and 261. The 235 was standard in the 55-59 it replaced the 216 which was standard in 55 1st generation and earlier trucks.
 

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Thanks for the tip on the Leeds unit. I just bookmarked their site. That's less than half the $ of the Hydra-Boost unit I was considering. I hadn't pulled the trigger yet because that one is $900. Ouch. Have you had any experience with the Leeds unit?
Yes I installed the same vacuum booster on a Ford F-250 that had a built 460 in it. Works great with no additional vacuum canister needed. The Bandit model is also about as quiet as you can get in a vacuum booster.
 

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Been getting a little work done. Both front cab mount ya replaced, inner step and rockers along with the rear inner cab corners. Started now getting the floors repaired, cut out all the bad and replacing with new. Also rebuilt the steering gear box and rebuilt/covered the seat.
 

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Last for today, also included the now restored heater box.
 

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Finally finished up the cancer in the cab. Now to get the doors done. Both doors are pretty ate up with cancer so this will be a task.
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This is just some of what I'm dealing with on the doors.
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damn i first looked at you orig. post and thought you had found my old apache. had this one when living at the beach in so. calif. in the early 80's, i luv the old chevys
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Finished up the right door now moving on two the left. Replacing these inner/outer door bottoms suck a real PIA of course most of that is because the aftermarket patch panels line up like crap and need a lot of massaging. Also finally picked up the new wheel and tire combo, running 235/70 on front and 255/70 out back.
 

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Found some more cancer got that cutout and repaired. Finished up the powdering of the grill and got the lettering done. Started some initial panel fitment, aftermarket replacement panels never line up like they should. Everything will be media blasted in two weeks and then Ill start the finish body work, my not so favorite thing to do.
 

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All body parts have been blasted by a dustless blasting company and the cab is in epoxy primer. The frame is stripped down and being wire wheeled and prepped for KBS frame restoration.
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It's getting there. Great work thus far, I enjoy seeing the updates and can appreciate the time going into this project.
 

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Finished cleaning and coating the frame with KBS frame coating, installed the suspension, rebuilt rear diff, front axle, new power disc brakes on the front and all new brakes and hardware for the rear. Today I'll be bending and making the stainless brake lines.
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Well the complete brakes, suspension, drive train and exhaust are done finally. I'll put the cab, front fenders, and grill on for the final time this weekend, but still need to do the finish/fine tuning of the body work before paint. I'm hoping to have the old girl back on the road by the end of September so I can concentrate on doing some fall cat fishing.

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It sure is nice to see someone take on a project and stick with it until finished. The previous owner is going to be astonished at what the truck has become.
 
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