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472 caddy in a 28 essex?????

i have a 28 essex body. i m going to fab a frame out of 4x2 tubing. i want to to have an i beam axle in it so it looks nostalgic. i found a 472 caddy engine and tranny for cheep. my question is... will that heavy of motor be too much for the front end parts? i have a supperbell axle with a 4'' drop. don't have of the other front end parts yet. any info would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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The 472 Caddy is actually a light weight motor compared to other engines of its size. The Superbell will handle the combo very well!! The Essex body makes a great rod body. I have a 28 Essex coupe (piano hinge, suicide doors) with model "A" Ford hood and radiator shell adapted to it.
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I've seen as big a engines in T's! Just make sure you estimate the total front end weight (weigh if at all possible) before ordering springs. Even if you put some springs (or spring!) on that bottom out to get it to a scale that would be fine, just tell the spring company that it was weighed with springs when you order. Weight the front (rear wheels off scale) and back, and total weight if you want (should be the two added together though). Will be nice to know info, and help with a lot of things.
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