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Old 05-23-2006, 10:44 AM
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28 chevy and a small block

Bringing this to this part of the forum. Didn't get any takers in the engine dept.
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Would VERY MUCH like to put a small block chevy in my 28 chevy 2 door sedan AND be able to use the hood sides. Anyone have experience or pictures to share. How much firewall will I have to move? Any other unforseen problems? Will be putting an automatic in. The car will be a mild driver. I have a mock up engine in my garage but it might be a month or so before it's in there. I am getting an engine from a local high school shop class. Have seen their stuff before and they do a pretty good job.
Any info would be a great help. Have done a couple of resto's but this is my first "rod"
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Bringing this to this part of the forum. Didn't get any takers in the engine dept.
thanks
Jim

Would VERY MUCH like to put a small block chevy in my 28 chevy 2 door sedan AND be able to use the hood sides. Anyone have experience or pictures to share. How much firewall will I have to move? Any other unforseen problems? Will be putting an automatic in. The car will be a mild driver. I have a mock up engine in my garage but it might be a month or so before it's in there. I am getting an engine from a local high school shop class. Have seen their stuff before and they do a pretty good job.
Any info would be a great help. Have done a couple of resto's but this is my first "rod"
thanks
Jim
A lot will depend on the exhaust this seems to be the bigest interference problem with side panels I have a SBC in my 25 Chevy with a 700R4 and the only changes were a slight cut out in the fire wall for the dist and the radiator was moved forward about 2" but with headers I cannot use side panels, stock exhaust possibly? Most of the 20's cars with side panels are V6 cars. There is some measuring you can do, check the engine widest part at the exhaust/headers and check the width of the engine compartment to see how far back to get the clearance for the panels but I expect you wont want to go that far back. Good luck and Keep cool
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Most of the 20's cars with side panels are V6 cars.

so in the 30's the automotive industry took a step backwards and used I-6's?
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so in the 30's the automotive industry took a step backwards and used I-6's?
I think he's saying that those fellows who have rodded '20's cars and used hood sides have also used V6's because they are narrow enough to fit.
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I was thinking that the Chevy cars changed a little inbetween 25' and 28'. The rear fenders are different too, they change in width a little bit from year to year. Could they have changed the hood dimensions? The 31' I had looked like a V8 would fit without a whole lot of trouble. Seems like I saw a 32' at a show that had a LS-series engine in it with hood sides too.

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I would think a fellow would need to use the block hugger headers on a swap like that and also look at the alternator mounting and/or power steering pump if you have one as those can hang out a bit and cause a clearance problem..

Probably one may need to set the engine in with some blocking to see just where things interfere to get the best idea of what works..

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I hope this may help you; here is a lin kto the demensions of a small block:

http://www.carnut.com/specs/fengdim.html
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