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ENGINE SPECS

1957 Chevrolet 283 (270 hp) V8 Engine Specs

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

Model Designation: 150, 210 & Bel Air with 2 4 barrel carburetors and dual exhaust

Wheel base: 115

Valve Location: In head

Bore and Stroke: 3.875 x 3.000

Piston displacement, Cubic Inches: 283

Compression ratio: w/3 4-barrel carbs: 9.5

Maximum Brake Horsepower: w/ 2 4-barrel carbs: 270 @ 6000 RPM

Maximum Torque Lbs.Ft. @ RPM: w/ 2 4-barrel carbs: 285 @ 4200 RPM

Normal Oil Pressure Pounds: 35

TUNE UP SPECIFICATIONS (all models)

Spark Plug Make: AC 44

Spark Plug Gap, Inch: .035

Firing Order: 18436572 (front to rear left bank: 1-3-5-7, right bank: 2-4-6-8)

Timing Mark: Second line before "0" on timing tab on front cover; Location: Damper

Engine Idle Speed, RPM:  425

Compression Pressure & Cranking Speed: 150 min.

Voltage & Polarity: 12 volts, negative ground

PISTON AND RING SPECIFICATIONS

Fitting Pistons with Scale: Pistons removed from above. Shim thickness: .0015

Pounds on a Pull Scale: 7-18

Ring End Gap: In tapered bores, fit rings in tightest portion of ring travel
Compression: .009
Oil: .005

Wristpin Diameter, Inch: .9271

VALVE SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Clearance:
     w/mechanical valve lifters and two 4-barrel carbs: Intake: .012 Hot   Exhaust: .012 Hot

Valve Seat Angle, degrees: 45

Valve Timing: (BTDC = before top dead center; ATDC = after top dead center)
         w/ mechanical valve lifters and two 4-barrel carbs: Intake opens: 35 BTDC  Exhaust Closes: 31 ATDC

Valve Spring Pressure Pounds at Inches Length:
    Inner Spring: 69 @ 1.696

Valve Lift Zero Lash: Intake: .398 Exhaust: .398

Stem Diameter: Intake: .3415-.3422 Exhaust: .3410-.3417

Valve Stem Clearance: Intake: .001-.003; Exhaust: .0015-.003

ENGINE BEARING SPECIFICATIONS

Connecting Rod Bearings:
    Journal Diameter, Inches: 1.999-2.000
    Bearing Clearance, Inch: .001-.003

Main Bearings:
    Journal Diameter, Inches: 2.2978-2.2988
    Bearing clearance: .001-.003
    Shaft End Play: .002-.006    (Thrust on Bearing 5)

CAPACITY DATA

Cooling System:
    Without heater: 16 quarts
    With heater: 17 quarts

Fuel Tank: 16 gallons

Engine Oil: 4 quarts + 1 quart for filter change

Transmission: Standard: 2 pints; w/overdrive: 3 pints; Automatic: 3-1/2 quarts

Rear Axle: 3-1/2 pints

WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Caster, Degrees
    Limits: +1/2 to +1-1/2
    Desired: +1

Camber, Degrees
    Limits: 0 to +1
    Desired: +1/2

Toe-In, Inches: 5/32 to 7/32

Toe-Out on Turns, Degrees: (If toe-out is incorrect, when other adjustments are correct, look for bent steering arms.)
    Outer wheel: 18-1/2
    Inner Wheel: 20

Steering Axis Degrees: (If spindle support angle is incorrect, but camber is correct, look for bent suspension arms or steering knuckle support)
    3-1/2 to 4-1/2

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