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1953 chevy truck with a 502

I am in the early stages of my project and trying to form an attack plan.

The truck has a great factory frame, 10 bolt rear and no front suspension whatsoever.

I want to do a mustang II front end and have a line on a 502 roller motor for cheap.

Will the 502 fit in this truck? (Obviously needs a different firewall.) And if so, what spring rate would I need in the front?

Pardon the mess..too many projects goin at once




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Will the 502 fit in this truck?
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(Obviously needs a different firewall.)
I doubt the 502 is any longer front to rear than the six that came out of the truck, so why would you need a different firewall?
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what spring rate would I need in the front?
Call these guys and tell them what you are doing. They are the experts in matching springs to hot rod engine swaps.
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Yes.

I doubt the 502 is any longer front to rear than the six that came out of the truck, so why would you need a different firewall?

Call these guys and tell them what you are doing. They are the experts in matching springs to hot rod engine swaps.
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you will Not need a new firewall for clearance ,I replaced mine to smooth it up, but it fit before I replaced it.
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A small block fit's fine in them so a big block is no different,, The only difference between the two is from the mount forward,, You can put a 502 and anything if you have the right tools..

Looking forward to seeing this come together..
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If you plan to put that power down, expect to replace that 10 bolt though-I have a 540, 9" w/31 spline axles/4-pin trac-loc, and I am replacing that with a Strange Al, Detroit true trac 9" w/35 spline axles to handle the torque-
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Summit ,Jegs ,and several companys offer a bolt in engine & trans mount to put a small or big block in your truck .they are around a $100.00 they bolt from side to side frame rails which helps to strengthen the frame.if you use rack & pinion you will need a stereing shaft with a 3rd u joint .they installed several at the shop this year ,its fairly straight forward install ,if you use a big block try to find a short water pump setup for a 66 -72 corvette,or 69-72 p/u you will not have to trim front radiator surround as I did on mine.also if you use coil overs on front 350 lb rate seem to work the best for us
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If you plan to put that power down, expect to replace that 10 bolt though-I have a 540, 9" w/31 spline axles/4-pin trac-loc, and I am replacing that with a Strange Al, Detroit true trac 9" w/35 spline axles to handle the torque-
Are you running leaf on rear or 4 link and coil over,i am running 4 leaf rear at this time,but are looking to change to some thing else I have a 84 corvette complete rear but it is much to weak,
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Are you running leaf on rear or 4 link and coil over,i am running 4 leaf rear at this time,but are looking to change to some thing else I have a 84 corvette complete rear but it is much to weak,
I am running a Pete & Jakes 4-Bar-we'll see if it can hold up to this-
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you will Not need a new firewall for clearance ,I replaced mine to smooth it up, but it fit before I replaced it.
With inner fenders installed.
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