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Old 03-31-2004, 08:10 AM
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Engine install gone bad

Well, last weekend I went to install a new engine in the '66 LeMans I just got. It had already been refitted with a 350 chevy and turbo 350 tranny. I was told the engine was blown, so I immediately pulled. There was only 3 holes in the oil pan and 1 in the block...not too bad...lol.

Anyway, I had an extra 350/350 combo in the garage so I though I would put that in. I had to switch trannys because I had one short tailshaft and one long tailshaft and needed the short for this installation. I decided to install the engine and tranny as one unit. Everything seemed to be going well until I got it almost all the way in and lined up. Now the tranny sits about 4 inches to the side of where it is supposed to be and everything sits crooked.

Now I can't get the tranny to move at all. I can pick the engine up and down, but the tranny seems to be stuck right where it is. This project just seems to be taking more time than it should. Anyone want to come help or do it for me...lol?

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:26 AM
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My 351 sat crooked in the compartment the first time I dropped it in, tilted to the passenger's side a little.

Then I switched the engine mounts from side to side back to their intended locations, and everything fit fine.

Ok I'm done basking in my own stupidity for now. Is the shifter stuck in the tunnel?



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Old 03-31-2004, 08:30 AM
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Thanks K2mooch,
I think I just realized my own stupidity. It probably would help to go ahead and remove that shifter, wouldn't it? DUH...Sometimes it just takes someone else to point out a stupid mistake that is easy to fix. Well, this weekend when I get home the shifter is coming out and I'm gonna make that engine fit...lol.
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See . . . . this is what I like to call the FUN part about working on a car. When you know what you're doing, things just fall into place and you make progress. But when you don't have a clue and make mistakes . . . . . . . man that's the good part.

What's the fun part about having a good day in a garage anyway? If everything went 'as planned' you'd never get to tell stories like . . . . .

"This one time I tried installing new door latches in my driver's side door when the thing didn't want to seat properly. So I grabbed my hammer and started to tap it a little. That didn't work, so I started hitting it a little harder. I then realized that the window was down and I heard it shatter inside. So I decided to take the door apart only to find out that I had bent the elevator mechanism inside in the process. Feeling this was a complete loss at this point, I decided to remove the door and throw it away. The hinges weren't cooperating very well that day, so I decided to just drive the car backwards and rip the door off with my basketball post."

See, even though that probably never really happened to anyone and I just made it up in my head in all of 15 seconds, you have to admit it sounds a LOT more fun than just taking the retaining clip out before you try to install it. Right?



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Old 03-31-2004, 09:49 AM
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Talking aHHhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa!......!!!!

I was fix'iN 2 head your way !!!!
"I already had the sawzall , the 20 pound sledge &, the 5' prybar in the truck "

glade you have it under control ..... LOL ...
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