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Old 04-09-2004, 08:41 PM
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installing 350 54 pickup help

I am putting a 350 into my 54 chev pickup and am looking for some advice.It has heidts cross member with the rack at the front.How far back should i mount this motor.As it sits right now the rack is between the balancer and the oil pan.Can i off set to passenger side to give me more clearance for my steering shaft.Also if i put a level on the rocker front to back should the motor be level Any help on this would be appriatiated.
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Quite a few of these installations are done with the engine offset to the right. I usually position them so the back of the engine clears the firewall well and then make up a shroud and/or spacer for the front. Sounds like you need to raise the front of your install. The valve covers should not be level. The engine is designed to be higher in the front. You can level off the carb base mount on the intake. Even then it is usually best to have the front of the motor higher.
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Generally speaking the further back you mount the engine the better handling you'll have. For a SBC in one of these trucks I would mount the engine so you have 2"-3" of clearance between the distributor and the firewall. Also like BOBCRMAN said position the motor so the carb base is level when the truck is at the proper ride hight.

You shouldn't really need to offset the engine for steering clearance. I have a '53 with a Hemi and have no steering shaft clearance problems. The SBC should be no problem at all.

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