I don't think they changed much between 48 and 52? I know it is older than 55, my buddy has one, and it has on big bar through the center of the grill. Here is a pic of said truck at the track, with a iron head 383 on spray it has gone 11.30's.
It's his truck not mine, but I am sure IF he ever does start on it Dad will be helping. He works on the road and is not home very often. But right now I think it is in great condition. The engine was rebuilt and it was running when parked about 5 or 6 years ago.
The engine, affectionatley known by some as a stove-bolt 6, is either a 216 or a 235 in those years. Now mind you, I'm no Chevy guy, but I did work at an eng. rebuild shop years ago with some old guys who knew these engines. Now, what little info. I could glean from them at the time
(late 70's early 80's :-weed:smt033:smt020artyman: )
I seem to remember them saying the
insert-rod bearing type engines had
crossways ribs on the
valve cover as well as longways, and the babbit-rod engines
only had the longways/ribbed stamps in the valve cover.
I think the insert bearing engines started in 1953 , but
not sure 100 percent.
Any old codgers out there ever heard of that valve cover thing?
If I was gonna bet, I'd say
that is a 216 engine, with babbit rods and it's a truck
that is '52 or older.
.........But didn't the 48's and 49's have only one door
window and no wing window?