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46 Chevy Coupe 350/454 Which one?

Hi, Im new to Hotrodders...I have a 46 Chevy Coupe...no motor mounts in it...has the fenders in place...I would like to know if a 454 will fit without any modifications...and if there are modifications...what will they probably be?

I know that patriot makes fenderwell headers for a 350 to fit in this car...but are there fenderwell headers made to fit the 454 in this coupe? Can someone help me please.

Also...I have a 400 Chrysler Big block and a 727 auto both are complete...and could be dropped in....any opinions about that?

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Wow love to help with this one and its actually a pretty easy answer go small block but go bigggg small block you can build it for half the cost and run circles around a stock 454 at half the weight!
Im building a 48 fleetline pro street it has the factory front rails with an amc pacer front member under it works great big brakes rack in it sway bar etc. i have a ton of photos if interetsed and hopefully some helpful info on your build.
I built a 406 for mine and im running solid motor mounts that i built custom relatively simple to build but worth it. again any?'s just hollar George






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350 or 454

Thanks a bunch for your reply...your comments help...although I would like to know if a 454 would fit...just to know...I think going small block would make it much more of a joy to work on maintain...

My coupe has already had the front suspension converted to a 80 something camaro front suspension with rack and pinon...disc brakes...all that stuff...has a 10 inch rear end posi with 373's from the same camaro...do you know of a company that sells motor and tranny mounts for a car like mine...?

Also...what tranny should I run ...a 350 or 400 turbo?
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A few pics of motor now!






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If its an 80's style camero front clip then you can get any motor mount for it be it small or big block that are made for a camero and a bb will fit and depends on how much power your looking to make and how you'll drive it but sounds like a 350 turbo will be perfect takes less hp to turn a 350 any how im running one in mine but just upgrading the sprag gears etc. making it a little stronger but yes a big block will fit and energy suspension makes all the mounts you need from tranny to motor mounts. any photos of the car sounds like a fun ride!
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Nice ride i just love those 46 grilles sweet lil ride!
and yes they make fenderwell headers for the bb's aswell




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Id really like to send you some pictures of the front suspension and inside the engine bay so that you can see what I have to work with...Maybe you can tell me what my options are. Can you give me your email address...mine is...mrsdore@sbcglobal.net

I appreciate it ..thanks.

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Hey Pro 48, how easy (or difficult) was the amc pacer IFS to put in? I'm also working on a '46 Coupe and trying to decide what suspension to go with. I'd really like to go with an updated IFS but the issue is money. My original plan was to keep the original IFS and install a disc brake kit (which I already bought), but I may need new (original) shocks and a new steering box.

When you start adding up the needed upgrades, it is almost worth the time and money to put a newer IFS! If I can put together a low-buck IFS, I may just go that route.

What type of bolt pattern does the amc have?

Great ride by the way and thanks for your help.
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Bolt pattern is standard chrysler /ford bolt pattern, And the Pacer front ends are sorta an old hot rodders secret they fit really nicley with minimal cutting under these fat fendered cars and late 40's and earky 50's chevy trucks aswell and again give you a rack and a heavy duty front suspension that is made for the road ways we have today!, Mine came this way when i bought the car and im happy with the set up but if i was to do it I woul dgo with a mustang 2 ease of parts and availibilty not to mention the brakes available, only problem with a Pacer front end is that availablity and parts to fix the rack if it goes bad etc but there worth it if you can get a good peice!
Love to answer any other ?'s hollar anytime
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tosses ya a shoe horn

go for it anything will fit -- oops ya ment in stock engine compartment ? nope -- but MAKE IT FIT - or install that nice little small block
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We done one for a guy and built a 454 Small Block in a 1940 Chevy coupe... It's bad to the bone and he drag race it.
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Of course any engine at this point will work but you have to decide on how your going to use the car and what your expectations are. Ive had some great cruisers but really wanted a radical pro street this time around and custom. Personally a nice sb chevy would be a great choice ecspeically if your on a budget!

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