Talk:Chevrolet straight-6 engine

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Why was the Chevrolet Straight-6 ingine called Stovebolts? David — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15:30, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

It was called a "stovebolt six" because it was held together with stove bolts, which is to say 1/4"-20 machine screws such as were universally used in wood and coal burning stoves of the era. This had the overwhelming advantage that if you lost or broke a bolt in your engine, you could take a bolt out of your stove and use it instead. You don't often see that kind of component standardization in more modern engines.RockyMtnGuy (talk) 00:55, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
Although they may have shared a thread size with common stove bolts, it would have been a mistake to use them as a replacement in your engine as the factory bolts were a higher grade steel than a typical stove bolt. The phrase was originally a derogatory term only later adopted as a affectionate one. Nyth63 11:38, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
Such is true, although during the Depression people did what they could afford. Often the alternative was taking the engine out completely and replacing it with a horse, known in Canada as the Bennett buggy and in the US as the Hoover cart. My late father once strapped together a broken connecting rod in his Model T engine with his leather belt. It held together long enough to get him home.RockyMtnGuy (talk) 17:59, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

Rochester carburetor[edit]

Which of these engines were fitted with a Rochester carburetor? See Rochester Products Division where there is little early history. Rupertlt --Rupertlt (talk) 01:08, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Oldsmobile's flathead straight six in Chevy and GMC trucks[edit]

In the Oldsmobile's flathead straight six in Chevy and GMC trucks section, an IP editor put the following comment:

(an edit) It is my understanding that they used an Oldsmobile engine in 1937 and a Pontiac Engine in 1938.

It doesn't read very well on the main page, so I shifted it here.  Stepho  (talk) 01:44, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

More Spartans?[edit]

I don't have it in front of me, but there's a GM "75 Years" history which mentions a 400ci inline 6 available in 7 ton commercials, too. TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 22:32, 1 May 2011 (UTC)


I uploaded these pictures of a blue flame in-line 6 on a 1953 Corvette convertible. Can someone verify if it is genuine?

Blue Flame Inline 6 Engine on a 1953 Corvette 
The other side of it. 

Kowloonese (talk) 07:32, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Not expert, but the Blue Flame valve cover looks gennie. The 3-pot setup isn't stock, AFAIK, tho it might be 'vette-spec. Those chrome hats I would doubt are stock, either; again, maybe 'vette-spec. Might want to post the question at the Project page to get more eyes on it. TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 20:20, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Corvette Blue flame engines used three side draft carbs.

Calling Will Smith[edit]

I don't see any mention of the straight 6 in the '59-up Bel Air. My dad owned one for years... TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 03:18, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Other GMC Sizes[edit]

I have also seen mention of a 360 (4.125 x 4.5) and a 477 (4.5 x 5) from the late 30s - early 40s. They might have been sourced from Continental. Also a 707 (5 x 6) from the 30s that I thought would have been from Mack, but others have said not. Thanks. AMCKen (talk) 23:12, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

GMC straight-6 engine[edit]

I think the GMC should be split into its own article: GMC straight-6 engine -JonathanDP81 (talk | contribs) 23:27, 11 May 2016 (UTC)