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Old 12-09-2012, 06:36 PM
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finally decided the direction to go

I picked up a 46 Plymouth Coupe and was trying to figure out the way to build it. I finally decided on a 350SBC with Ford 8 inch rear end. I believe this will make a nice little cruiser.
Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated

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Change your choice of engines to a MOPAR 318-360 or a Ford 302/5.0 and here is why, the SBC 's rear mounted oil filter will have clearance issues with the steering column making it a PIA running the exhaust also the rear mounted distributor interferes with the firewall.The Ford's C4 transmission is smaller than Turbo 350 which makes for a better fit,but if you really want the 350 Chev in there hope you can shape metal and weld and fabricate.
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There are small cap distributors and remote mount filters, but I get your point.

I would use a MOPAR engine in it, personally. I'd have to recommend you go over to HAMB and do a search for 1947 plymouth engine swap, or something like that then look for MISSYSDAD's posts. He's the man when it comes to this, hands down.

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Good advice about the HAMB,here is a discussion to check out: 46 Plymouth P15 ideas - Page 2 - THE H.A.M.B. As stated get a hold of the Tex Smith book mentioned,try Half.com: Textbooks , Books , Music , Movies , Games , Video Games sometimes bargains on used copies can be found there.There are plenty more discussions on the HAMB there,there are some vendors that make headers and intakes for that MOPAR six if you want something cool and different.MissysDad is a cool guy and is also a contributor to my Ford Group,the man has a head full of knowledge when it comes to rodding.
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Just when I think I know the direction LOL. There are very good info on why not to use Chevy. Now I need to rethink the build. As I said I just got it so have not even started to collect parts for it yet. Just seems I extended my planning stage.
I will do more research and check out H.A.M.B. I know there is a lot of info out there. Thanks
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One other thing you always need to consider in doing an engine swap is the location of the oil pan sump,if you presently have a front sump you should look for a donor engine that is front sump or rear with a rear.Not all engines have the option of swapping a pan with factory parts.
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Here is somebody that can make your life a little easier: Butch's Cool Stuff42-52 MOPAR A 318-360 Dodge truck has the rear sump oil pan you need,add this:http://www.motorworksengines.com/index.php?pr=360crate and have fun.Butch's can provide you with additional info you will need to know about your brakes because of the under car master cylinder location.
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Your original post said you wanted a nice cruiser. Which to me suggests that you are not looking for something that is going to smoke everybody at the strip. That said I would suggest running the flathead. If you can find a mid 50's 230 flathead even better. Throw a Borg Warner R10 OD behind it or a T5 from an S10 and you can cruise at 70 all day especially if you go ahead and do the rear swap you mentioned.

You would then have a unique / reliable drivetrain that gets you where you want to go. And you will not be parked between two more just like it at the next show like you would be if you go with a belly button 350.

If you want the V8 then as has been suggested go to Butch's and get the mounts for the offset 360. Will run every bit as good as the 350 and again you will not see 100 of them at the next cruise.

I am on my second 48 Plymouth coupe, the first had a Mopar 383 / 727 and ran like a scalded cat. With the current car I went with the 230 flathead and OD transmission. It attracts a lot of attention among the sea of small blocks at the shows and cruises.





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