1957 Chevrolet 265 V8

1957 Chevrolet 265 V8

I like many others believed that the 1957 Chevrolet 265 V8 was not actually made for the 1957 model year,that they were left over 1956 265’s witch had a casting number of 3720991,but after much research,I find this is not true,Chevy did make the 265 v8 for 1957 cars and trucks the block casting 3731548 was used for both displacements in 57.

My guess is since they already had the molds for the smaller bore 265,they could of simply changed the casting number on the 265 molds to the new 283 casting number 3731548,The the 265 block had a poorer oiling system,but that could be easily fixed by slotting the block oil passage under the rear cam bearing ,and using the new 283 rear cam bearing,then the 265 could use the 283 distributor and cam.

All 1955 V8 motors are CHEVY ORANGE with BLACK valve cover stencils. All 1956 V8 motors are CHEVY RED, with BLACK valve stencils. A few EARLY 1957 265 V8 engines (standard transmission ONLY) were painted chartreuse (lime green) by Chevrolet, and they had BLACK stencils on the valve covers. After about November 1956, all 265 engines were CHEVY ORANGE (as are the 283 motors), and the valve cover scripts were SILVER.1957 Chevrolet 265 V8


The 1957 265 V8 was advertised as the economical low cost V8 available with only a two barrel carburetor standard transmission,in either a three speed,three speed with overdrive on the column or four speed on the floor,and the funny part,this 265 was only offered as an extra cost option,vs the standard 283 V8


1955 265 V8 Chevy Engine

1955 265 V8 Chevy Engine

Anyone who is a Chevrolet fan loves the iconic small-block  ChevyV8 engine. But few of us know why and how this mechanical wonder came about. When Ed Cole took over as chief engineer at Chevrolet, he knew that in order to change Chevrolet’s image from grocery getter to high performance hot rod he would need a V8 engine.Chevrolet 265 economical v8

Before Cole started with Chevrolet, Ed Kelly had worked to develop a V6 and a 231 cubic-inch V8. But, Cole rejected both engines knowing he could design something better; more durable, faster, inexpensive and easy to operate. With vision, determination and hard work, he did just that.

There was intense pressure from GM chairman of the board Alfred P. Sloan to begin developing a V8 engine– primarily to save the Corvette. The car was in danger of being dropped due to lack of sales. Only 700 Corvettes were produced in 1955. Buyers were looking for more power than the 150 horsepower Blue Flame inline 235ci 6-cylinder could produce. Cole knew that Chevrolet had already tried to develop a V8 engine in 1917 (with disastrous results), so he knew he only had one shot to get it right.

With growing pressure from management, when all developmental phases were put in place, Cole had 15 weeks to design an all-new V8 engine for the 1955 line. With help from motor engineer Harry Barr, Cole released his engine for tooling straight from the drawing board.

Ed Cole created a masterpiece with several outstanding features that made the 1955 265 V8 not only ground breaking, but incredibly innovative. First, a lack of a common rocker shaft– each rocker arm was independent from each other. The intake manifold provided a common cooling source for both cylinder heads– which were sand-cast with integrated valve guides. Hollow pushrods allowed for better oiling to the upper end.

The crankshaft was made from press-forged steel and held in place with five main bearings of equal diameter. This crankshaft was designed so precisely that when tested, a torsional chart showed very low peaks. Adding a harmonic dampener on the front of the crankshaft eliminated any remaining crankshaft torsional vibration. To add to the success of the new 265ciV8, it was 41 pounds lighter than the under powered six-cylinder engine.

Another first that was developed to coincide with the 265 V8 was a new 12-volt electrical system that could provide brighter head and taillights, better starter operation, and increased ignition coil voltage for stronger spark to the V8 engines plugs.

As time and development moved on, to 1957, the wonderful 265 V8 was being phased out ( but still an option) and replaced by the bigger,and highly optioned 283 V8 engine. For all the innovations that were incorporated into the 265, because of limited time and rushing from drawing board straight to tooling, there was one major oversight,carried over from the 235 six.

The early production 265 was produced with no in block oil filter.This sent engineers back to the drawing board for a quick and simple solution. engineers developed an add-on oil filter canister that bolted between the intake manifold and thermostat housing. This circulated oil from the block, into the filter canister and back into the engine by using copper tubing and brass fittings in the engine block and intake manifold.

The next time you crack the throttle on your small-block and hear the grumble and rumble from the exhaust, stop for a moment and thank Ed Cole for giving us something to love and make our own by adding all the parts our hearts and pocket books desire. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the one that started it all– the 265 V8 paved the way for all other small and big-block engines, including modern LT and LS generation engines. Remember, it’s not always the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog that comes out on top!


Microsoft Xbox History

Microsoft Xbox History

The original Microsoft Xbox was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Australia and Europe. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market.

Microsoft Xbox History

As part of the sixth-generation of gaming, the Xbox competed with Sony‘s PlayStation 2Sega‘s Dreamcast (which stopped American sales before the Xbox went on sale), and Nintendo‘s GameCube.

The Xbox was the first console offered by an American company after the Atari Jaguar stopped sales in 1996. The name Xbox was derived from a contraction of DirectX Box, a reference to Microsoft’s graphics APIDirectX.

The integrated Xbox Live service launched in November 2002 allowed players to play games online with or without a broadband connection, It first competed with Dreamcast’s online service but later primarily competed with PlayStation 2’s online service.

Although these two are free while Xbox Live required a subscription, as well as broadband-only connection which was not completely adopted yet, Xbox Live was a success due to better servers, features such as a buddy list, and milestone titles like Halo 2 released in November 2004, which is the best-selling Xbox video game and was by far the most popular online game for years.

Automotive Restoration Plan for Success

Automotive Restoration Plan for Success

By Mark Simpson

A loud groan from the car trailer’s suspension broke the silence as we winched the old Ford truck aboard. The old pickup was once Ralph’s dream, as thoughts of driving his family around the neighborhood or in the local Fourth of July parade fueled his passion. But, like so many other unfinished projects I’ve bought over the years, Ralph’s dream failed to become reality when a lack of resources and knowledge stalled the project.Plan for Success

As years passed, his patience and persistence for the project diminished and soon the old truck merely reminded him of the space it took up in the garage.

I’ve always believed that for every car in attendance at the local car show there are at least a dozen more sitting in garages, sheds, and fields. Truth be told, many car projects suffer the same fate as Ralph’s, although with a little planning and honest personal assessment prior to purchasing a new project, many more dreams could become reality.

The scenario always plays out similarly. It starts with the proverbial “great deal.” You know, the $500 Chevelle that’s only a little rusty, or Grandpa’s Buick behind the barn that’s only missing a few parts. Before laying down your hard earned cash for that “great deal,” take a moment to consider what needs to be done and whether you have the skills, time, and resources to get the job done. The time and cost to complete a car can escalate quickly. Rare parts, replacement panels, and unforeseen problems can all take the steam out of your progress if you’re not prepared.

Ask questions before you buy! Not only from the seller, but from other car enthusiasts as well. There are many cars that have unique problems or simply have parts that are unavailable. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with it before you purchase will help keep your project on track.

Once the decision is made to buy, planning the progress of the build is key to ensuring a successful completion. Keep your expenses within budget and your progress expectations conservative, while leaving ample time to spend with friends and family. When all is said and done, you’ll want them to enjoy your new ride as much as you do.

A friend and fellow enthusiast once told me, “Nothing happens in the garage after nine o’clock that can’t wait until tomorrow.” His message was clear as it related to cars and life alike: it’s not so important how quickly you get to the end, but rather that you enjoyed the journey.

History of the 1955-1959 Chevrolet Trucks

History of the 1955-1959 Chevrolet Trucks

Chevrolet’s Task Force trucks debuted in March 1955 looking very much different than the 1955 first series advanced design pick up1955-chevrolet-pickup

Designed by Ned Jordan, these pickups featured a stylish wraparound windshield, hooded headlights, and an egg-crate grille, while the traditional pontoon-style fenders found on Advance-Design models (1947-55) were eliminated.

Like the “Hot One” on the automotive side of the fence, a Task Force half-ton pickup could also be fitted with Chevy’s new historic 265-cid overhead-valve V-8. The 235-cid six remained standard. Most notable among appearance updates through this series were quad headlights, introduced in 1958.

Also introduced in the spring of 1955 was the Cameo Carrier, Chevrolets first truly stylish pickup. Available only in Bombay Ivory with red cab accents, the ’55 Cameo featured a fiberglass-skinned cargo box.  Cameo production continued through 1958, with color choices appearing in 1956. Following in the Cameo’s tire tracks in 1958 was Chevy’s new Fleetside  quad light fat fendered pickup, another fashion-conscious model featuring cab-wide bedsides in steel.

This generation of Chevy 3100 trucks were the first no-excuses pickups from GM, thanks to all models having either the fully pressured oil system 235-cid six or the ubiquitous small-block 265 (55-56)and 283 (57-59) V-8 engine—with both coupled to an open driveshaft. 1954 and earilerTorque tubes were out, meaning owners who were seeking a taller or deeper rear axle (or any powertrain imaginable) could easily undertake an engine swap. Task Force trucks were made in much smaller numbers compared to the previous generation of “Advance Design” trucks, so fewer are available today.

Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus Flower

Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus Flower (Hibiscus brackenridgei) is the state flower of Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus is a moderately popular ornamental flower in Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus shrubs bear blooms almost every day, but the blossoms last only for a day even when on the bush.

Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus Flower

Yellow Hibiscus in southern California by:Lindsey Hightower

The striking and beautiful yellow Hawaiian hibiscus is also known as the pua aloalo or ma’o hau hele in the Hawaiian language.

Although, the hibiscus (a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms) is associated with the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the plant family Malvaceae includes a variety of species that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, those flowers regularly observed are generally not the native hibiscus flowers.

The Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are full, conspicuously large and bright yellow with a prominent staminal tube surrounding the long and slender style. There are 2 subspecies in the Hawaiian hibiscus group. The yellow Hawaiian hibiscus flower that comes under this species is the official state flower of Hawaii.

The large Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Hawaiian hibiscus are yellow, generally with a maroon center, and form singly or in small clusters at the ends of the branches.The staminal column of the Hawaiian hibiscus flowers is yellow, and the flowers open between 2 and 4 p.m. and close between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.The Hawaiian hibiscus has become endangered in its natural habitat.

Facts About Hawaiian hibiscus
Hawaiian hibiscus shrub grows to a height of 3 to 15 feet tall with a diameter of 8 to 15 feet. Young Hawaiian hibiscus plants have smooth tan trunks; the trunks of older plants have a wrinkled appearance.
Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are found on all the main Hawaiian islands except Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe, but the flowers are not common in any location.

Hawaii changed its state flower from the native red hibiscus (Hibiscus kokio),on June 6, 1988, to the Hawaiian hibiscus – ma’o hau hele, the only species of yellow hibiscus.
The leaves on Hawaiian hibiscus have toothed edges, 3, 5, or 7 lobes, and are up to 6 inches long and equally wide.

The seeds of Hawaiian hibiscus are contained in 3/8 to 3/4 inch oval capsules. The capsule is covered with soft hairs. It is dry and tan when mature and opens to release the seeds. The seeds are 1/8 inch long, kidney-shaped, and covered with fine hairs.

Hawaiian hibiscus flower plants can be grown from cuttings if rooting hormones are used.
Hawaiian hibiscus bloom from spring through early summer with occasional flowers during the rest of the year.

Angular-winged katydids

Angular-winged katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sounded like someone saying, “Ka-ty-did”, so the common name became that phrase. Both genders are capable of producing the sound. katydids are found throughout the world, in habitats ranging from tropical to temperate or arid environments. Angular winged katydids are found in temperate and arid regions of the southern United States.angular winged katydid

Physical Characteristics
Angular-winged katydids are 2-2.5 inches (5-6 cm) in length.Nymphs (juveniles) have spots or speckles of black on them and eventually mature to the complete green color.

They have chewing mouthparts, (which classifies them as an insect) and long slender antennae, and are light green in color. Adult katydids have two pairs of wings that are leaf-like in color and shape.

Life Span
About one year.

katydids lay their eggs on twigs in a single row, one slightly overlapping the egg before it. The eggs are flat, almost like small pumpkin seeds, and they may might not all be the same color.

In the wild: Angular-winged katydids typically eat the leaves from the tops of trees and bushes, where there may be fewer predators and less competition,including willow, rosewood and citrus trees . You can find them in parks, gardens, fields and woods. Adults are most active in summer and autumn, but in Florida, the warm weather allows them to remain active all year long.

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