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35 Ford Engine Swap

I am debating swapping out the flathead ("41 Merc) for a smallblock chevy in my '35 Ford. Does anyone know if I can do this without molesting the original firewall?

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You can do this but will be heavy on the front axle.
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As Dinger has pointed out, it can be done, but it's tight-I'd get some Chassis Engineering mounts and put it in as close to the Firewall as you can. If you don't it will be tough to run a mechanical fan-
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Thanks for the advice... I'm really having a hard time deciding which way to go. This car is too clean to cut up much, but I am palnning on driving it regularly and do not know how much I would enjoy a flathead. I am a rodder at heart and enjoy making cars better than they were originally, but there were only about 1300 of these things made and this car is very clean. I,m torn.
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35 engine swap

I have a 35 5 window. I used Chassis Engineering motor and transmission mounts with split wishbone kit. Must use small cap distributor, points or MSD. You may have to dimple the firewall slightly for distributor clearance. Tight squeeze but it'll fit. If using automatic trans you must split the bones. Even with a short water pump you probably won't be able to run a mechanical fan. I used a Walker Cobra radiator and 2 10 inch electric fans and have no heating issues. The fans never run unless stationary for quite some time.
I'd love to hear more about your car. I've been down the flathead road extensively and thoroughly enjoyed it, but if you want more than 200 hp you might like a more modern powerplant. My coupe can be returned to original with the removal of some brackets and re-installing the early components.
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Why not a smallblock Ford?
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Chevy vs Ford engine

I wouldn't have a problem using a small block Ford. It's just that I have a lot of parts for a small block Chevy, I raced oval track cars with Chevy engines for years and have a very extensive parts collection. For me the decision is purely economics and would allow me to use my money in other places on the car.
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