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Old 08-12-2002, 01:52 PM
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Perhaps someone out there can help. I am putting a 1940 Ford coupe street rod equipped with a 1957 Olds engine and a 1937 LaSalle trans. back together after 40+ years and need a source for some lost parts (have been looking for several months) ...

1. Need the crossover adapter that switches the starter mounting to the right side of the engine.

2. Need motor mount adapter brackets to allow installation of the Olds engine ont the Ford front crossmember.

Any help will be appreciated on this - my "retirement" project.
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Those parts sound impossible to find so just box your car up and send it to me. I'll take care of it for you.
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try, good old speedwaymotors.com
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You'll probably have to fabricate the motor mounts, however check some of the street rod aftermarket manufacturers to see if they have anything that will work first. SpeedWay, Yogi's, etc.

On the starter switch over... I don't have a clue except to send you to VintageSpeed.com. They might have such an item, or know where or if you can get one.

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I switched the starter over to the pass side on the hemi in my willys but it took a lot of planning and welding steel to cast iron. Engine has a cast iron bottom flywheel cover which made it easy in case I made a mistake, didn't ruin a good block. I seem to recall that they made such a thing for Olds engines but don't have a clue where you could find one. Probably died w/ Honest Charlie.

Check with Speedway Motors as suggested above. The owner claims to be an old engine fanatic (puts ads in his catalog asking for old engines) and may have a lead on what you need.

I can send you sketches of what I did if you are interested. It has lasted 30 years which is a fair endorsement!

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Finally located the adapter to change the starter to the right side of the 1957 Old engine. Now, all I need are the motor mount brackets to allow installation of the Olds engine onto the 40 Ford front crossmember. Hopefully, someone out there has a pair. I know that several companies (C&T Automotve is one that comes to mind) had them available in the late 50's and 60's. If I strike out on this, guess I will have to fabricate them (although I would prefer not). In any event, thanks to those who initally responded to my posting.

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If your'e in Upland you aren't a spit and a hollar from Bakersfield. Let's see that '40 @ the Western Nat's next spring!
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Now that is a ride someone like me loves. Is it a J2?? Wish I had kept my old parts. Do you know where I can find a set of 50s Olds valve covers? Year dosn't matter. I'm going to fake an engine for my 40. Using a 66 442 engine.
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[quote]Originally posted by WoodsEdge:
<strong>Now that is a ride someone like me loves. Is it a J2?? Wish I had kept my old parts. Do you know where I can find a set of 50s Olds valve covers? Year dosn't matter. I'm going to fake an engine for my 40. Using a 66 442 engine.
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Jack</strong><hr></blockquote>
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Jack - Thanks for the reply regarding my 40 Ford coupe. Yes, the engine is a J-2 with the original tri-power. I converted the vacuum linkage to mechanical progressive years ago. The engine was pulled out of a wrecked Fiesta Wagon in 1958. As mentioned in my post, the car is equipped with a 1937 LaSalle transmission. A 1956 Olds rear end is installed. I will send some pictures as I get further along with my "retirement" project. It's kind of nice to be back into this stuff after an absence of many years.

I like your idea of the "fake" engine in your car. I don't have a set of stock valve covers that you requested.

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