For me, it’s always exciting when I get a chance to spend some time on my ’57 Chevy project. Staying as close to on-time with the production of Classic Trucks as I can often rules out garage time, but I’ve been able to get out there for a few days over the last week or so. Taking advantage of that garage time, I finally installed the pickup’s engine and transmission.

You may recall me mentioning that I was planning to use one of GMPP’s E-Rod LS packages. Well, as usual, my plans have changed. I actually rethought the cost/benefit of that choice and decided that I’d be smarter, and just as happy, installing one of their HT-383 crate engines rather than the E-Rod LS1.

The HT-383 is a big-inch small-block that produces a whopping amount of low-end torque. And since the ’57 is destined to not only be a daily driver but a tow vehicle as well, that torque will come in handy. And speaking of torque, GM states the HT-383 offers an impressive 435 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm and 400 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm—more than enough for the ’57 to pull a 27-foot travel trailer with ease.

Since the Tri-Five Chevys offered a V-8 option, the installation of the small-block was pretty easy. Though, since I went and modified the pickup’s chassis with the installation of an aftermarket street rod-style IFS setup, I did make the V-8 install a bit less straightforward than it would have been. Since I receive lots of queries regarding the build, I promised I’d get my butt in gear and show you how it’s coming along … so here it goes. It may not be real exciting but every time I get to bring the project closer to the road it’s a big deal to me, so bare with me and check out this latest step in the long process that is building a home-brewed classic pickup. CT

SOURCE
PML
201 West Beach Avenue
Inglewood
CA  90302
310-671-4345
http://www.yourcovers.com/
HTP America Inc.
3200 Nordic Road
Arlington Heights
IL  60005
800-872-9353
www.htpweld.com
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
http://www.summitracing.com/
Dougs Headers
N/A
www.originalheaders.com
HarborFreight
3491 Mission Oaks Blvd
Camarillo
CA  93011
800-444-3353
www.harborfreight.com
GMPP
www.gmperformanceparts.com
Speedway Motors
340 Victory Lane
Lincoln
ME  68528
800-979-0122
http://www.speedwaymotors.com
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