Engine Of The Day: Third-Gen Chevrolet Inline Six

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We honored the Pontiac OHC Six, which was based on the Chevrolet 230, a couple weeks back. Today, we honor the pushrod Chevy!

Descended from the old "stovebolt" sixes of earlier decades, the third-generation Chevrolet I6 finally got a full complement of seven main bearings (The General had considered four to be perfectly adequate before) when production started in 1962. This engine was built by the millions, being available in the majority of Chevrolet rear-drive vehicles until 1988. Plenty of Novas, pickups, Chevelles, Camaros, even the occasional full-size Chevy came with this engine in 153, 194, 215, 230, 250, and 292 cubic inch displacements. Mostly the Chevy six was a pure workhorse, no delusions of performance grandeur… which hasn't stopped freaks from getting 1,000 horsepower out of them.

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CanadianBen
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The 292 was a phenomenal engine. My dad had one in his work pickup which later belonged to my brother. More torque out of that thing than you knew what to do with, even running on propane. The Saginaw three-on-the-tree was fun too, but had a bit of a tendency to get stuck in 3rd because of bent linkage. But yeah, absolutely bulletproof engine and transmission, with enough room under the hood to store a spare of each. Alas, the good ol' '76 Heavy Half that housed them died at the ripe old age of 318,000 miles. Skin cancer and a broken diff did 'er in.

As an aside, I think we've still got the gearbox and bellhousing around somewhere. Anyone want it? Great for a LeMons!