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Old 12-28-2004, 01:40 PM
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1938 Chevy engine install??

I am to the point of installing my engine/trans and want to know how others have done it? More specifically what you did or did not have to cut out as far as the floor boards, firewall, etc.

I am installing a 350 Chevy with a 700R4 trans. It will have a/c, power steering, alt.

Who else has run this type of set-up? Did you use an electric fan, etc. etc.???? Any info would be great.

37's are the same deal. Thanks

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:36 AM
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Never done that year Chevy but I did hot rod a '36 Pontiac 4-dr sedan. Replaced a straight 8 with a 230 Chevy straight 6 so had gobs of room. My guess is a V8 will fit lengthwise with no problems. Width will be your main problem. I ran a puller electric fan in mine. Had the Pontiac radiator rebuilt and it does great. Had to do that 'cause it is a non-standard cross-flow with tapered side tanks to fit the '36 grille. Motor mounts and tranny mount will be your most head-scratching task but pretty straight forward. I doubt you will need to hack any sheet metal except maybe inner fender wells.
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:59 AM
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I have a '39 and chassis engineering has motor mounts, transmission brace, MII front suspension.

I called them first, and their techs were very knowledgeable and helpful.
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Old 12-29-2004, 12:05 PM
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Wouldn't 38special's rig be pretty similsr.....think it's an Olds.

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Just did one Short water pump small dist and electric fan . Its close but no cutting and fits well . Chassis eng makes all the mounts but hang the motor and move it back and forth to fit your needs. Sometimes there measurements are not perfect. Do a total mock up with the nose and rad in it before welding/bolting in any mounts.
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