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Re: 1958 Chevrolet Viking C60

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Posted by Jeannie Hudson on April 16, 2006 at 00:19:27 from (

In Reply to: 1958 Chevrolet Viking C60 posted by Barton on June 02, 2005 at 08:53:44:

I was just brousing and I saw your request. You may already have the answer to your question. The engine size is not in the vin number. The standard engine size is the 283 small block chevrolet for a flat bed. For a dump Bed they used the 372 engine. The 283 Net H.P. is 160 at 4000 RPM. The 372 Net H.P. is 160 at 3500 RPM. The chevrolet 60 viking was built for pulling heavy loads. The 283 is considered as the Thrift Master Special. It is a short stroke engine. Great for pulling a heavy load but has a low top end power. Top end pulling power might be 55mph if your lucky and that is if you are empty. The 372 gave you a little more top end power than the 283. The 372 engine was used mostly with Dump Trucks. The 60 viking came with Flat Beds or Dump Beds. It has 156 inch wheel base and Gross wieght capacity of 15,000 pounds.
I know all this because I have one. As far as your brakes I can't help you. I have the same problem.
I hope this information was helpful.

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