Originally Posted by junkyardandy
I have a 1953 Lincoln Cosmopolitan and the car has no drivetrain. My question is "What engine would fit smoothly without alot of chassis modification?"
I can't remember ever having looked into the engine bay of a '53 Lincoln Cosmopolitan, but I'll bet there's enough room in there to transplant whatever motor you want to. Pay attention to the oil pan sump location. Try to choose a motor that won't break the bank for special pan and pickup, one that will fit over or around the front crossmember without a lot of monkeying around. If the steering box is in the way, the motor/transmission can be moved to the passenger side of the car to the limit of the transmission against the side of the floor pan. I moved the motor/trans 2 1/2 inches to the passenger side of the truck when I was transplanting a 302/C4 into a Mitsubishi Mighty Max pickup, to miss the steering box.
Whatever motor you decide on, use the transmission that came with it from the factory. Also use the radiator and complete cooling system components that came with it from the factory. I see so many Fosdick electric fan arrangements that don't work, it just makes me want to spit. Unless you have an engineering degree and work for an automotive manufacturer, you have no business re-engineering a cooling system. It's just too easy.....use what the engineers used!!!!
Also, don't be put off that there aren't swap parts for this car. That's part of the fun, to make your own mounts and headers. You will have a real sense of accomplishment when the car is done and you can say, yeah, I built all the stuff myself.
I VERY STRONGLY SUGGEST that you spend a few bucks and do some reading before going any further......You don't know what you don't know.....
P.S. I was just thinking how sweet it would be to install a '93-'97 Lincoln Mark VIII V8, transmission and rear end. I have seen these cars for sale here in Phoenix for around $1500 in good running condition. Buy a complete running donor car and you would have everything there that you needed to do the swap, including wiring, computer, everything. The engine is all aluminum and while not a barn burner, would give excellent fuel mileage and make a RRREEEAAAAALLLL nice cruiser out of your Cosmo.
I don't know how you're outfitted for tools and space to work, but I built just about everything in a two-car garage with a MIG, cutting torch, good 4" hand grinder and a Milwaukee Sawzall. And a decent set of hand tools of course. Take your time and enjoy the build. Allocate a certain amount of money each month and stick to it. Most of my projects turned out to be a few years long and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. If you're anything like me and some other fellows I have talked to who do this on an amateur basis, just sittin' by the car with a cool one and thinkin' about different stuff to do will take up about 3/4 of your time.