Been Reading Issue 23

In a scene where the V8 is still very much king of the castle, the old sixes don’t get much of a look-in. That’s why it’s nice to see a book like this one occasionally. And it also seemed appropriate, as Chevy’s old plodder straight-six turns 90 this year.

This title is all about rebuilding such engines, from the old Babbit-bearing 235s to the last 261 hangers-on in the Sixties. It deals with everything from identifying and dating your engine from casting numbers, to which parts interchange between years, and how to build your six to keep plopping along for another few decades.

It’s very much a restorer’s book; this doesn’t say anything about how to turn your Stovebolt into a Thunderbolt. The closest it gets is to tell you which combination of factory parts will produce the most power, and keeps modifications to a minimum. These include converting the old “road draft tube” to a PCV valve, converting to fully-filtered oiling, fitting an electric fuel pump and converting to electronic ignition; those last two seemed to be rather over-complicated in this instance, especially when there are tried-and-tested off-the-shelf solutions. Otherwise it’s clearly written, well photographed, and doubtless of great use to all of you restoring your old Chevy truck to concours. Both of you…

How To Rebuild Chevrolet Inline-6 Engine 1929-1962, by Deve Krehbiel, is published in softback by CarTech with a RRP of £25.