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    Not sure which way to go?

    Hi, I was here few years ago as Moonlt128, I have now re joined as Natalie65, since I have been calling my Van Natalie for some time. So mostly if I had any questions I would stop by Wookee's house and talk to him, with his recent passing I need to look to all of you now for guidance. I have been around old chevys since the 70's but when it comes to motors and trans info, I can work on em, but thinking about changing them never was my thing. last summer me and Wookee had talked about Natalie. of course he was more inclined for me to go V8, auto, where I wanted to stay 6CYL/auto. I have a 194 6cyl 3spd. so I want to start planning and looking.

    #1 keep 194 and change to original type 2 speed powerglide
    #2 update to 230 or 250 with some type of auto trans

    for either option will I need someone to build a transmission bracket, and (I remember from old days the drive shaft could be shortened?)

    over the years I have saved quite a few of the discussions here that have helped very much.
    thanks

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    Yea Joe use to help a Lot of people.
    I would look for a 250 (Think) the made more of them than the 230 or 194. & it would be a New(er) motor.
    I got mine in the 64 for $250. (with PG (car)trans & Rad) form a Nova the guy was building a Pro Street.
    If you looking for a Driver van a newer auto trans(200R4 or 700R4) will have Overdrive. which helps on the HI way.
    Some of the Newer year trans need some kind of controller(or computer) that can be more $$
    Hope this Helps and Welcome back.
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    If you are looking to keep the 6 I would get a 250 for sure, direct bolt in
    as for the auto, 200 or the 700 od is the way I would go, the 200 will not
    need the drive shaft shortened but the 700 will the 200 are harder to find
    I have been running a 700r4 for about 8 years.
    54 chevy panel truck 355 tpi 700r4 325/9in
    64 chevy 90 5.7 tpi 700r4 336 8.2
    69 chevy panel van 5.7 tbi 700r4 336 8.2

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    I definitely notice a difference between the 194 and even the 230. The auto swap will require little bits on creativity. For instance, your shift mechanism and the auto's kickdown setup.
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    I like the 250

    I had a 194 but block cracked. Replaced it with a 250 and felt a huge difference in power. Bolted right in to replace the original. I kept the 3 on the tree, automatic would be real nice! I pull an old camper and it pulls well with that 250.

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    Thanks for the replies

    ok Thanks that will help me a lot, yea my 194 needs a few things that currently frustrate me. so I was leaning on removing that to. if I change motor and trans, then I will also do something for a shifter, and gas petal linkage will have to be updated, mine does work but not always that great. this week will be pulling gas tank. after she sat in that van shop for 3 years had trouble driving home, then after it sat for a while here the tank sprung a leak. it had a dent in it when I bought it and the guy said it had fallen out while driving, so he put new bands on it and it worked for over 10 years. leaking at the point of the dent. more on that later this week.

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    V8 is a mechanical bolt-in, especially if you use a t350..... 33c morse cable for throttle... 43c morse cable for trans... widen doghouse if 1st gen..... and fly!

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    Engine Size

    Just for part of the conversation - are you sure it is a 194 not a 230?

    On the distributor mount pad the code will tell what size it is.

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