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Old 04-12-2006, 08:25 AM
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Engine Placement

Hey out there in engine world, I have looked through previous forums and come up with nothing, is there anyone who can explain engine/drivetrain placement, and or where to weld engine mounts and what type of engine mounts for a 302 engine on a 31' model A frame. I also heard I need to box in frame to support the 302 from twisting frame...any suggestions??? I do not always have internet access so it might be a while before i am able to post back...

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Chock the frame at ride height. If there will be a rake on the car, set it on jack stands with the rake in place. Mock up the engine block/trans and swing it into place between the rails. Sit an intake manifold on the block. Place a level on the carb pad and level the pad front to back and side to side. This will put the engine in the car at about a 3 degree down-bubble angle. The engine/trans does not have to be in the center of the car either. It can be towards the passenger side of the car or towards the driver side of the car, but in any case, it must be parallel with the centerline of the car. Resist all temptation to point the trans output shaft toward the pinion. You won't like the results. The engine/trans must be parallel with the centerline of the car in order to make the u-joints work correctly.

Install the diff in the car at 2 degrees up-bubble. When under a slight load such as cruising, the pinion will attempt to climb the ring gear a little and the angles should cancel each other out at engine down 3 degrees, pinion up 3 degrees. Install some sort of device to prevent the pinion from rising any further and screwing up the angle under acceleration.

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