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Hot Rod Stovebolts and Other Chevrolet Six-Cylinder Memories

Posted April 12, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

It was the ultimate “sleeper.” No one suspected the car was fast.

Only 17 and feeling my oats, I drove the old Chevy like a maniac and enjoyed surprising V-8 drivers at stoplights. Shifting into first and revving the 235-cubic-inch, 135-horsepower “stovebolt” six, I’d pop the clutch and leave them in the dust.

This got me in trouble with the boss, a hard-working Swede who ran the hometown meat market. I daily cleaned his butcher blocks and delivered steaks in a 1957 Chevy 150 two-door commercial sedan.

The plain-Jane car, sporting only front bucket seats and a wood rear floor, was really a station wagon without side windows. Heavy-duty springs and shocks reminded you it was built for work, not fun.

But two factors made it fun to drive: a very low differential gear and stovebolt six developing max-torque at low rpm. This baby could haul meat faster than Porky Pig ran from the big bad wolf. It didn’t take much to spin rear tires. Most races were over before shifting into second.

A station wagon with speed from six-cylinder? It must be a stovebolt from the '50s.

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04/13/2018 12:05 PM

Similar story. My first job out of high school was driving a '56 Ford Courier - a station wagon with no windows (not to be confused with the later couriers) 6, 3 on tree. This one was real fancy, it had an AM/FM radio! No heater or defroster, but in Southern California - who cared. -- JHF

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