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I would like to know if the 1957 Chevy 210 Black Widow Would qualify to run with its fuel injection setup in Junior stock drag racing. Was the Widow a factory build, or were 50 offered to the public to homologate it?

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Are you talking about now, or "back in the day" rules?

I believe the 283 FI was optional in just about any '57 Chevy, at least theoretically, so it would have been legal in a Bel Air, a 210, or a 150.

I've got a couple old east-coast drag magazines from that time that had detailed articles on what all was legal in '55-'57 Chevies--just reread those a couple months ago. I'll try to doublecheck for you tonight, if I can find them again and remember. B)

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I'm looking at Jr. Stock, about 67- 69 or so.

The class in which the car would have raced was a formula based on factory rated horsepower and factory stated shipping weight, NHRA would often raise the horsepower rating on a particular engine if they felt the manufacturer was sand bagging on the rating. The Revell model represents the 150 series which was correct for the Black Widow although the Fuel Injection was an option that could be ordered on any '57 model Chevrolet save maybe the sedan delivery, but even that may be argued by some.  Guessing only, it may have run in A or B stock at that time. If you can find an NHRA rule book from the mid to late '60's you could figure out what class it would have been in. They also would denote say B/SA for an automatic transmission car and B/S or B/SS for a manual transmission depending on the track. I would think that by the '60's such a car would have moved into say a C or D class by then based on the newer higher output engines of the day.

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According to the tables, and using a 283 and a manual tranny. the Widow would be considered G/S for 1968 Junior stock. I'm not sure how accurate the tables are.:blink:

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According to the tables, and using a 283 and a manual tranny. the Widow would be considered G/S for 1968 Junior stock. I'm not sure how accurate the tables are.:blink:

Now I'm all intrigued and whatnot. I'll try to find those articles tonight and see what they said about the '57 FI engines and how well they "fit."

Keep in mind that the highest horsepower engine wasn't necessarily the best engine for class drag racing. You wanted some rating/weight combination that put the car as close as possible to the lightest weight break in the class, not down toward the other end.

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Sorry, kinda getting picky here - The Black Widows were 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedans modified for NASCAR racing.  The 1957 Chevrolet Stock Car Competition Guide published by Chevrolet (reprints are available) has all of the modifications and secrets including the 6-lug wheels, heavier suspension, and competition exhaust for NASCAR. There were about 6 Black Widows built by SEDCO for NASCAR

However, There were a lot 150 sedans built and they were available with the optional fuel injected 283 so that combination would be legal or a junior stocker  I like your plan -

A little bit more on the Black Widows from the H.A.M.B. - http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1957-chevrolet-black-widow.137930/

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I would like to know if the 1957 Chevy 210 Black Widow Would qualify to run with its fuel injection setup in Junior stock drag racing. Was the Widow a factory build, or were 50 offered to the public to homologate it?

Jere  Stahls 57 sedan ran D/S in the 64-65 era.....now, not sure if that was a fuelie or carb deal....but most 55, 56, 57 chevys  in Jr. Stock at the time were down there in I, J, K....etc, so i'll bet if you did a bit of research you may find his was a fuelie. I also remember a 57 wagon that ran out of Jenkins shop  in that era, and it ran F/S in 1968, and if it was up that high, it probably may have been a fuelie as well....the Ace....:D

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Sorry, kinda getting picky here - The Black Widows were 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedans modified for NASCAR racing.  The 1957 Chevrolet Stock Car Competition Guide published by Chevrolet (reprints are available) has all of the modifications and secrets including the 6-lug wheels, heavier suspension, and competition exhaust for NASCAR. There were about 6 Black Widows built by SEDCO for NASCAR

However, There were a lot 150 sedans built and they were available with the optional fuel injected 283 so that combination would be legal or a junior stocker  I like your plan -

A little bit more on the Black Widows from the H.A.M.B. - http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1957-chevrolet-black-widow.137930/

Truth spoken above.

Most Jr. Stockers have the factory horsepower lettered on the car somewhere, so the engine that they ran is easily determined. Also during the horsepower wars  cars were moved down is class each year as more potent cars were built and classed.

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Sorry, kinda getting picky here - The Black Widows were 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedans modified for NASCAR racing.  The 1957 Chevrolet Stock Car Competition Guide published by Chevrolet (reprints are available) has all of the modifications and secrets including the 6-lug wheels, heavier suspension, and competition exhaust for NASCAR. There were about 6 Black Widows built by SEDCO for NASCAR

 

That's correct. The brakes, rear axle, and wheels all come from the 1/2 ton truck (some source claim the rear axle is 3/4 ton, but that is incorrect), plus there's plenty of other changes. The Competition Guide can also be found on the Old Car Manual Project for free. http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/books/1957ChevyStockCarCompGuide/index.htm

One thing that can be done, especially if you build it as a 150 Utility Sedan (which the Black Widow kit does build as) or a Sedan Delivery, is put a 4 speed Hydramatic in it. There's a loophole in the rules where guys did get away with that by taking advantage of the inspectors lack of knowledge of what a given car really had as an option. In the case of those 2 particular models of '57 Chevy, they are listed as "commercial vehicles". While the Passenger cars, including the Utility Sedan and Sedan Delivery, were not available with the Hydramatic, Trucks were. It's just a simple matter of listing the Utility and Delivery as "trucks" to get away with it.

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Okay, I'm home and found those two mags. One article is just about the sedan deliveries which would be of different weights from your 150 sedan.

The other one doesn't break things down by specific classes but does have some good info (Joe Oldham, Speed & Supercar, October 1970). Apparently there were two versions of the '57 FI engine, a hydraulic-cammer at 250 HP and the much better known solid lifter at 283 HP. Various photos in the article show:

*283/270 HP (non-FI) 2DS in H/S

*283/220 HP 2DS in M/S

Other non-FI '57 engines include 283/185 (2-barrel), 283/220 (4-bbl), 283/245 (2x4bbl), 283/270 (2x4bbl).

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the info guys. :D There is so much info out there about these cars, i didn't know where to start. Now i do. Thanks Much!!B)

....one other thing as well.....fender well exit headers were the order of the day in that era for these cars, so some scratch building will be in your future ...lol...:lol:....the Ace...

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Other non-FI '57 engines include 283/185 (2-barrel), 283/220 (4-bbl), 283/245 (2x4bbl), 283/270 (2x4bbl).

 

In addition, there was also a 265/162 (2-barrel) base V8, which is identified by its chartreuse yellow color instead of the red-orange of the other V8s. This engine, other than color, is essentially the same as the engine found in the 1/2 through 1 1/2 ton trucks.

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