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Old 11-05-2011, 04:07 PM
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LT1 in a model a

I am at the point of welding in my motor mounts for an LT1 in my 29 model a sedan turned into a king cab pickup. I have never done this before but I think I am competent enough to pull It off. I have motor mounts and a trans mount but when I mock it up allowing 7 inches from the front of the radiator, which I have been told is necessary, it really invades the passenger compartment. Is this normal. I have more leg room due to my modifications but this doesn't seem like it will be at all comfortable to drive. I am 6' plus and it appears the leg room will be tight and the reach to the steering wheel long. Any suggestions, JIm

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Any way you look at it, at 6 ft. your going to be tight in that Model A. the doors alone arent big enough. With that said, I built a model A SBC years ago. I had to cut the firewall and add a hump in the floor. If I remember right the original floors were wood. I made a plywood floor with a sheetmetal hump. Ran a scattershield and Muncie 4 speed. Destroked a 400 block with 350 crank using spacer bearings, very pricey at the time.310 Crane Cam. That car screamed with that combo. Anyway, you might get away with short water pump, I think thats what that car had in it. Not sure about clearance from fan. But I would start with radiater, fan, spacer, water pump and block. Work your way back and cut the bottom of the firewall as required.
Use biggest pulley driven fan and shroud if you need it. Build enough room in the engine compartment. Stay away from elec. fan.
Thats my 2 cents.
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