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Old December 2nd, 2016, 07:22 PM
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Coincidentally, this 336 Pontiac for a GMC just came up on the 67-72chevy site.


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Old December 2nd, 2016, 09:28 PM
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I appreciate the thought of using a Pontiac motor, however I realy like the dependability and easy parts availability of the Chevy SB. Plus there is also the fuel economy to consider. I want to drive this thing and I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination. If I had a good V6 I would almost certainly keep it.

It is like the old saying "Anyone can restore a car but it takes a real man to cut one up." LOL

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I don't know if I'd take that saying To seriously. lol The Common thing is to cut one up and modify. The Rare thing is to leave them be. But in your situation I understand. Hope the build goes well and have lot's of fun with it. Be sure to post some pictures!

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EDIT: "If I had a good v6 I would most certainly keep it."

Have you considered finding a replacement?
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 05:11 AM
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GMC used the Pontiac v8 thru 59. I think the 336 was the same block as 389. If I was going to do a heart transplant, I would go with a 389 with a tri power set up. The you would not be accused of using a boring Chevy small block. And would be stay closer to The GMC roots. But I can make anything over complicated and cost to much. What ever you do you will be saving another classic GMC.
The 336 was a GMC exclusive even though it was based on the Pontiac V8. As Pontiac increased the displacement of their V8's to 370 and later to 389. GMC was concerned that the larger displacement would be too hard on the rest of the running gear so they opted to 336 ci for displacement. There were actually two different bore and stroke combinations that were used for the 336, one was based off the 370 and the other was based off the 389

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Old December 4th, 2016, 01:03 AM
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Well I have no intentions of lowering it either. LOL! I would like the look, however I want a truck that I can work on myself (no freaking computer), has heavy suspension so I can haul or pull a trailer when the need arises, and classic date of manufacture so I can run historical vehicle tags and not be dropping $75.00 a year on license plates.

I am planing a nice 2 tone paint job (likely red and white with a red interior) I am also planing to rebuild the bed floor using diamond plate and having the inside of the box sprayed with Rhino Liner so I can haul car parts in it without guilt.

No offense taken by any suggestions made. I have thick skin and I know everyone has there own vision of what a vehicle should look like.

I do wish I could find a GMC V6 in my area. I might put it back. However this is the only V6 GMC that I have ever seen. The rust belt winters were tough on these. My dad had a 65 Chevy back in the 70s. I remember it was one of the most rotted vehicles that he ever owned and I don't think it was but 12 or 13 years old when he sold it to the next owner for $100.00.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 05:05 PM
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They are around, just well hidden. haha

I had never seen a v6 GMC in person until I got mine almost 2 years ago. Luckily mine still Had the v6 in it and a good runner to. There's been a few for sale in my area here and there. But I am hoping for a 401 or 478 v6 eventually.
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A restomod is perfectly acceptable. Especially if the V6 is long gone. I have done "restomods" for the same reasons you mention. Not on GMC but on Chevys. Reliability, parts availability, safety, mileage. Restomod is as far as I go. Like to keep the look as original as possible. No cutting up, hot rodding, bagging, lifting or lowering for me. Your GMC may still be considered a GMC or at least a GMc.
I had a flashback. I remember GMC was sued for having Pontiac motors. Misrepresentation. Badging them as GMC. Long ago. Can't find any Wiki to back up my flashback.
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Nice truck good luck
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Old December 14th, 2016, 12:12 AM
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I just learned I will be doing some work for a friend on his 1940 Ford 2dr sedan. He will be paying me with a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. This car has a 350 and a 700R4 automatic. I plan to refit the engine with a 4 barrel carburetor and a points and condenser distributor. Only about 65K miles on it.

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I just learned I will be doing some work for a friend on his 1940 Ford 2dr sedan. He will be paying me with a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. This car has a 350 and a 700R4 automatic. I plan to refit the engine with a 4 barrel carburetor and a points and condenser distributor. Only about 65K miles on it.

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Now that's a fair swap! Start a thread in the "Other rides and projects" forum and cover it in pics!

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If you want to do a chop cut rebuild and want mileage as well as towing capability. Do a 4BT
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