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As some in this forum know, I took a 54' Chevy 1 ton as a base for my project. (see pic) The 47 to 55 1st series are the same basic style with a few changes. February 1955 GM decided that their new engine platform, the cast iron V-8, was going into their truck line. The designers did not feel that the existing trucks had a large enough engine bay for the new bullet. They re-designed the truck line to the Apache style. 50 + years later, guys like me look at it and say "I can get that in there" It does fit. But, just barely and with some frame shaving. I have a 4 core radiator good for 1000 hp. (for my 330 rated engine) I run Evan's coolant and a Mishimoto 16" 1700 cfm electric puller. I run a low temp thermostat and a fan start of 165. With no place for the air to go except up into the bulbous hood, I was running a temp of close to 235. I added a 12" 2000 cfm Derale pusher up front which brought me down to 230. I contributed it to 4:11's and full-time 4X4 and cringed every time I drove it. I was talking with a guy that I had not seen in a while who also owns a 54' It is a street rod with an iron V-8. He said his engine let go due to heat. That freaked me out and I decided to break out the grinder and open up the hood. It still runs hotter than I would like at around 205 and 220 on a climb. But, I no longer feel impending doom on every trip. If you intend to shoehorn an iron block V-8 into a 47-55 Chevy, consider the air movement BEFORE you paint it
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