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swoodard23 01-08-2003 07:58 PM

moving engine back on frame
 
has anyone ever moved a engine a few inches back on a frame? What is involved? I know you have to have the driveshaft shorted but other than that can you just move the trans crossmember back and weld on some universal motor mounts a little farther back?
Thanks,
Scott

stonedchihuahua 01-08-2003 08:35 PM

Pretty much seems liek you got it... although you do need clearences for everything... (firewall may be a prob) and the front crossmember may need to be moved...

engineguy 01-09-2003 06:21 AM

Main obstacle will be firewall clearance. It is a lot of work to move the engine back, especially if you are using stock motor mounts and transmission mount. Why do you want to do it??

In the "old days" we would move engine rearward in drag cars to get better weight distribution, mainly because drag tires at the time did not provide very good traction. With the tires that are available today, traction is not that big of a problem. With a properly set-up rear end and a good set of slicks, you could put the engine out by the front bumper and still get fairly decent traction.

swoodard23 01-09-2003 08:00 AM

firewall clearance isn't a issue. I am putting a custom body that will move the firewall back by at least a foot. I want to do it for handling purposes mostly. But if it is a ton of work and fabrication than I guess I will go with some really big meats all the way around.
Thanks,
Scott

bullheimer 01-09-2003 12:08 PM

firewall is the only problem i can think of, and since it's not going to be a problem for you, then stick anywhere you want it!! the farther back the better for wieght distribution.

4 Jaw Chuck 01-09-2003 05:02 PM

If you want you can run a dry sump and lower the engine at the same time and get added clearance that way, still lots of work though. If this is for SCCA racing remember the engine can't be moved any farther back than the imaginary line intersecting the first spark plug and the front axle centerline and can't be lowered in the frame.

[ January 09, 2003: Message edited by: 4 Jaw Chuck ]</p>


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