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Old 01-31-2005, 12:37 PM
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Mounting a 350

I have a 52 chevy truck and am going to be putting in a 350 and am very new to the rod scene. How far back should I place the mounts on the frame, is there some where that kind of has a tutorial on how to fabricate mounts, or where to purchase them? I really appreciate all your help.
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Old 01-31-2005, 01:00 PM
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Check here to see if they have your mounts www.speedwaymotors.com Can't really help with how far to place the engine though sorry.
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Thanks for the link. I had not seen speedway before!
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If you run the stock steering box you will have to mount the engine off set to the right quite a bit to clear that darn arm that is in the way. Fore and aft is not really a prob. Set in a dummy block with heads, manifolds and distrib (HEI) in it . When you get this to clear the firewall/steering box, set up your mounts..any ignition system will fit afterwards.
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set in an engine....

most times you have to mock up an engine and trans to spot the mounts in place. Allow enough room at the firewall to get your hand down to the trans bolts...just barely. Mark and spot weld the mounts then remove the engine and trans and weld up the mounts. Don't install the engine with the distributor installed..install the distributor after dropping in the engine to keep from busting up a good distributor cap.


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Thanks again

Wow you guys are quick!!! and very helpful. I assume by the replies that I don't need a spacer between the frame and the motor mounts. Or should I just mock it up and see what I come up with?? I am trying to do this over the summer when I am out of school, so I am trying to get all my ducks in a row before then.
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You will have to buy/fabricate some type of motor to frame mount. But, it's easier to drop a motor between the rails and then measure and build. That gets the motor where you want it..The biggest prob with this swap is the steering box..

The last one I did,, The guy insisted on a centered motor and stock steering. I told him it couldn't be done.. He brought it back later and I welded in a MustII kit with power steering. Centered engine. He loved it.. A lot of people don't understand/believe that it is common for an engine to be offset in a frame.. All the car manufacturers have done it.
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I am going to be using a Mustang II front end so off setting the motor doesn't sound like it would be a problem. Quick question though. What years mustangs are considered to have a "mustand II" front end? I got a donor for free
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Mustang II 74-78, also most years Pinto, the early ones had a slightly different steering/brake setup.
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buy one of the kits...

I bought a Meyers and there is Heidi's and some others that sell a variety of kits you cut to fit.


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