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Old 06-02-2005, 04:50 PM
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How Hard Is It To Put A 440 In My 55 Chevy Truck?

I Have A 55 Chevy Truck And A Chrysler With A 440 . How Hard Is It To Put A 440 In My Truck Can You Buy Motor Mounts For This Or Only Make Them?

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Old 06-02-2005, 04:54 PM
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I highly doubt that is a common swap, so buying pre fabbed motor mounts might not be possible. The engine should fit (physically) but, you will probably have to make your own mounts.

There are going to be some VERY upset Mopar guys when they see your truck, LOL.

I think it's cool, you don't see Mopar engines in Chevys very often.

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There are going to be some VERY upset Mopar guys when they see your truck, LOL.
Oh, I don't know about that. It's about time people started putting the other guys engines in Chevys, they've been putting Chevys in Fords and Mopar street rods for years.

To answer your question you probably will have to fabricate motor mounts. That shouldn't be too difficult but will take some welding skills. Other than that the 440 will fit with ease, my '53 Chevy PU has an early hemi in it and the 440 is smaller so you'll have no problems fitting it in your '55.

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Start by measuring you current engine / trans setup. Width between motor mounts, distance from trans mount to motor mounts (both, this gives you a triangular diagram). measure length from trans mount to back of block.

Do the same with the 440 / trans combo and compare. I am sure you will find that you have ample room, and this will also tell you how much jockying around you would need to do.

Check room for steering components and the like.

Once you are sure it will fit, then locate proper trans mount location and install. Then install motor mounts (both engine and frame) on engine, set engine in place so you can bolt the trans in, position engine properly and start measuring for location of frame side engine mounts. Be sure everything is square and in place the fabricate whatever you find that you need and install.

Not sure how exhaust will work out but you can deal with that when you get there.

Sounds like a creative and fun project, just take carefull measurments and don't rush it.

Good luck.
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:15 PM
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Doc here,

You can install just about anything into anything with exception only to the laws of Physics...

I've Been doing it for 35 years..In fact (I finally have all the parts) My next project will be a 350 in a 1961 Fiat 600 Convertable...Sometime this summer..Almost everybody Say's I'll never get the SBC in there..I already planned out on paper and in my mind how to do it...(without major body mods...and it only took 10 years..lol...)

Your only limitations are Skill level, Imagination, Tools, money, and motivation..The rest is all totally workable..

If you can weld, and have access to a welder..50% of your battle is OVER...If not, buy one and learn!

Pull the front clip off the truck, (or if frame off better) If your building the engine , before you put it all back together, use the block for mock~up..bolt the transmission up you plan to use also..

when you fabricate your mounts BE SURE when it is sitting in the position you want, that it is LEVEL both 90 degrees to the firewall, and 90 degrees to the frame rails,(you may have to tack weld guides in temporally for this) at the base plate of the carb..(this may equate to about 2 or 3 degrees of Up cant on the front of the block) and perfectly in-line with the third member.

When you have that, weld (or tack to double check) the receiver mounts into place...Doublecheck your work, then weld in place. RECHECK after you weld to be sure nothing heat warped, and it should be all good!

The rest is "Minor Modification" to get the body to fit around the engine..

You will probably have to have a custom shortened Drive shaft made, but the rest, depending on your skill level & Tools, can be done at home in the garage!

A Good project! And one you will learn a lot doing and If you take your time, will be a Sweet rod!

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To add to Doc, make sure there is no left or right offset to the drivetrain...this has bitten me before as I didn't notice it until everything was in place and I tried to install the driveshaft.
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I dont mean to hi-jack, but does anyone know a donor 9 inch rear that has the pinion in the center. I have two and they both are off 2" to the pass side. thanks

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All 9" rears have the same offset to my knowledge.
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