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Old 07-06-2017, 04:19 PM   #21
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Not to split hairs, but I think the dual 4 carb 56 was 225 HP.
Yes, but 240 hp with solid lifters and special cam. This setup actually would put out 265 hp, alluded to by Tom McCahill, but Marketing wanted to save the 1hp/cu.in. claim to promote the new FI unit, thereby inadvertently ceding the first 1hp/cu.in. claim to Chrysler, who did not take full advantage of their milestone.
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That hair is splitting a little bit more. All 56 Corvettes were solid lifters just like all 55 V8 Corvettes were solid lifters. Same cam for 55 and 56 225hp, last 3 part number 355. 56 240hp(or 245hp, take your choice) was last 3 part number 077( slightly bigger than a 57 and later 097).
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Didn't the Corvettes equipped with Powerglides have hydraulic lifters?
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Boy if money were no object I would own a 55 - 6 cylinder Corvette. We can all dream, right?

Thanks for the info guys
I was going down the Forum topics and heading "55 six cylinder Corvettes" got my interest, and I started to read through the threads. While at the Hershey last Wednesday and going through the car corral, there was a 6 cylinder Vette. Unfortunately I did not take any photos, but looked at the engine noted the two carbs as shown in photos by emccomas. I didn't get the asking price!
Wished I read this thread earlier!
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According to vettefacts.com 7 six cylinder cars were produced.
Sure because no one wanted the 6 with the new V8 available.
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My first Trifive was a '57 I bought in 1964. The previous owner blew up the 283 engine and bought a used low mileage small block V8 to replace it. One day I went to the parts store to buy points and plugs for a '57 but the points wouldn't fit. My Mom's uncle was a mechanic so I went to ask him why they wouldn't fit. He checked it out and told me the engine was a '55 Corvette 265 engine and it had solid lifters.

I wonder what that engine would be worth today to a restorer? Probably more than the $400 I gave for the car.
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235 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame I6 19531954 150 hp (110 kW)
1955 155 hp (116 kW)
265 cu in (4.3 L) Small-block V8 1955 195 hp (145 kW)
1956 210 hp (160 kW)
1956 240 hp (180 kW)
283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block V8 1957 220 hp (160 kW)
19581961 230 hp (170 kW)
19571961 245 hp (183 kW)
19571961 270 hp (200 kW)
283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block FI V8 19571959 250 hp (190 kW)
19601961 275 hp (205 kW)
1957 283 hp (211 kW)
19581959 290 hp (220 kW)
19601961 315 hp (235 kW)
327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-block V8 1962 250 hp (190 kW)
1962 300 hp (220 kW)
1962 340 hp (250 kW)
327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-block FI V8 1962 360 hp (270 kW)
Don't know where this come from but I thought 4 barrel 265 PP was 180 in 55 and 205 in 56.
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NCRS has pretty well determined that no more than 10 1955 Corvettes were built with a 6cyl. Even though Chevy went to a 12v elec system in 55, the 55 6cyl Vettes retained the 6v system (and so did the 1st series 55 trucks). All of the 55 6cyl Vettes had a PG tranny.
And yes, there are a VERY SMALL handful of documented 55 6cyl Vettes still in existence. I went to a regional NCRS meet in Bowling Green about 2yrs ago, and there was an excellent example of a documented 55 6cyl. And no, I didn't take any pictures. DUH!!!!!!!!!! In essence, a 55 6cyl is virtually identical to a 54.
And while we're on the subject of 55 Vettes, MOST of them had a pg tranny, but GM records INDICATE (it is NOT gospel) that 75, or thereabouts, 55 Vettes were built with a 3sp tranny.

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It appears they do exist but I would rather have a 265 in a 55 Vette any day.
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I have a hard time understanding how there could have been "left over" 54's at the end of production of the 54's. I would think that everything they had on the line at the time would be completed and put out the door. Why would they leave unfinished cars on the line, close the plant for the change over period and then finish them as 55's when production started again? I think that maybe there were a few extra complete six cylinder engines that they stuck in the first few 55's just to get rid of them. So the "left over" concept referred to engines, not cars. It wasn't like there would have been a big call for complete Corvette six cylinder engines for dealers' inventories.
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