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Old 10-18-2007, 04:44 AM
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Enging Swap for 37 Buick Special

Hi,
I'm a new member here & just started a '37 Buick project. I have a freshly rebuilt SBC and a THM350 (that needs rebuilding or should I use another trans?) for this car. I also have a tubular type engine mount that looks like it may fit if I put some brackets extending up from the outside of the frame rails for it to bolt to.
Am I on the right track? Or can anyone point me to some articles on similar type swaps?
Thanks much,
Steve

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Carefully mock up you engine and trans...with the car at ride height place you engine and trans between the frame rails and get it in the position that it should be in ( keep the carb mounting surface level).and position your radiator etc. to check for fan clearance etc...then you can check and see exactly where your mounts need to be
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You might want to consider an overdrive transmission like a 700R4. Nice low first gear for great bottom end and less than .7:1 ratio for the highway and better gas mileage.

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Thanks!

Guys,

Thanks much for your prompt replies! I'll mock it up (I've done this before). The SBC is so much shorter than the Buick Straight 8 that I don't think I'll have radiator problems. However, I hope that I can leave the stock steering box in place and not have exhaust interference?

Regarding the 700R4, someone told me recently that the THM350 is a better transmission for a rod?

Steve
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Are you going to use the 70 year old steering box?
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Planning to! (Any thoughts?)
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I just thought that you may want to upgrade the steering as well as the front suspension and brakes.
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....Regarding the 700R4, someone told me recently that the THM350 is a better transmission for a rod?

Steve
And someone told you that the 700R4 was better for a hot rod that is going to be driven on the street and highway. I am assuming that with that big car you are not building it to spend much time travelling on the drag strip.
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engine mounts

Don't know if this helps but on my 39 buick I am using the old style front
mount fits across and leaves steering clear, means making some additional
mounts at rear on motor to take some of the load off the trans. Good luck
with your project!
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