While enroute from Las Vegas to Minnesota’s biggest car show in their 1948 Chevrolet, Lou and Matthew Urbanski were passing a truck at Council Bluffs, Iowa when the car’s engine blew, sending parts through the oil pan.
The Urbanski’s relatives responded, towing the car to the Twin Cities just days before the Back to the 50’s
car show at the state fairgrounds. But could an engine be installed in time for the big event? Thanks to their relative, Dave Zweber, and his fellow staff members at Brookdale Chevrolet, the answer was yes.
Zweber works on the parts counter, and ordered a Chevrolet 350 V-8 performance crate engine. The 290 hp mill accepted many of the same parts from the previous engine, a 400 from a 1974 Chevy Caprice.
Combining the knowledge of several Chevy technicians and jumping through a lot of hoops, Zweber made it happen. A flywheel was difficult to find and the engine’s harmonic balancer was different. “There were little things here and there- six or so things,” he said.
People were stopping in to hear the car’s story, and admire the canary yellow color.
Technicians Eddie Shamble and Brad Moe helped out, and Service manager Troy Strasser offered some extra knowledge, Zweber explains. The engine comes with a warranty that’s valid nationwide.