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Old 08-03-2009, 10:11 PM
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Big Block into a Chev 1954 210?

I have come across several good deals on a 454 engine with 400 transmission for sale. I am considering this engine for my 54 chevy 210 car.
Will this engine fit without alot of headache? I am going to have to cut the inner fenderwells for my airbag installation but, I am trying to retain the fender wells.

What about the transmission? I know I will have to cut the floor up, but again I will be cutting the driveshaft tunnel anyways for the airbag installation.

Because of all this cutting I am going to have to go with a custom carpet kit as well.

Any thoughts or warnings? This big block is just alot cheaper than a stroker small block motor for now...

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But how well does it fit? And what are your thoughts on using an engine like that? Would a 383/391/400 stroker be a better options?

I might be infatuated with the idea of saying that I have a big block in my 54 which shouldnt matter. Driveability, serviceability are the most important
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The SBC would make all 3 easier to live with. Add aluminum heads, intake & waterpump to the SBC and the lighter weight would certanly make drivability/handling much better.
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I would only have it with a big block.. If someone can put a big block in a chevette. Then it can go in that car..
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The SBC would make all 3 easier to live with. Add aluminum heads, intake & waterpump to the SBC and the lighter weight would certanly make drivability/handling much better.
I agree. Adding weight is a concern. Especially on a car that was never intended for the increase in weight. Im going to be running a mustang 2 front clip with airbag setup from Fatman fabrications. I might have to beef it up but supposively this clip is a nice piece.

This is why I am asking these questions, to try and have a good plan of attack if I decide to go that route
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Big Block For Sure

Hey friends,
I'll have to second NEWINTERIORS big block for sure! Man you killin me,cause I've got this idea stuck in my head about a 50-54 fastback(I think it was a fleetline?) Were the early 50's independent front suspensions or straight axle, I can't remember? I'm thinking bigblock/4L80E, suh-weet!olnolan
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The 454 engine and transmission I have found is from a 1989 truck. It is selling for $400. So you can see it's a pretty sweet deal!

But, the engine is not ideal for a car in its stock form. 400ft lbs and only 250HP. Some better heads, a better cam, nice intake and carb should net about 400hp and 500ft lbs

I might just buy the engine and store it.

So what are your thoughts for this engine? Will it work with the motor mounts and headers that "techinspector1" mentioned?

Some other concerns I have are the firewall of the car. Will I need to modify this to make things fit? I've already got so much work ahead of me, I don't want to get in over my head...
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I've put a SBC in a 51 Business Coupe, I would'nt do a BBC unless the car had a straight axle or Mustang II front end. The stock steering box is the problem. I suppose fenderwell headers would work. There's lots of room with a SBC and side mounts, even regarding the steering linkage. In fact, I wish I had pushed the engine forward 6-8 inches; I would'nt have had to cut the firewall supports that way, just move the radiator forward and trim the valance panel for radiator clearence. Exhaust manifolds/headers are the biggest problem.
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Putting big motors in Cars,Is true hot rodding..If it's easily done,There's no fun in it.. For Some, making it work is the prize.. But If your not up to the challenge.I would say stick a sbc in it..

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