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Old 09-20-2002, 07:18 PM
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Question Need Help. Motor mounts, SBC

Oh say it ain't so!! Do I really have to drop the front end on my 73 Elky just to put in new motor mounts?

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I had a '73 elcamino and didn't have to drop the front end, is this what your talking about. Just use a jack to raise the motor alittle. Be careful so the motor doesn't slip off the jack.
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Old 09-20-2002, 07:58 PM
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The engine is out. We did lift the frame so the suspention dropped as far as it could. I don't see anyway to get a socket or wrench up into the cross member to keep the bolts from turning. Sorry, I should have been more specific.
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Old 09-20-2002, 08:50 PM
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OH, I see. Yah thats tough, I think you can get a short off-set wrench in and use an impact. It' been along time since I did that.
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On the motor is a plain steel bracket, no rubber. On the frame is a bracket with a rubber inside. Any chevelle owners have that setup? I thought the rubber mount bolted to the block.
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I rcently did a '87 IROC and the same situation applied. I am used to FORD's and once I had the engine off the cradle was dumbfounded why they would design something like that.

I was able to finally get the three bolts off either side of the engine cradle with differing tools and cussing. A few you can get to through the opening left where the control arm hangs. The others with a long extension and flex socket. It was actually easier getting them back on that off once my attitude calmed down.

Came to find out that there was a speed nut assembly on the Camaro (two fingered plate with the cap screws captured and held to the underside of the cradle by speed nuts) that was missing and discontinued...

Beleive me, it's a pain in the butt but very do able.
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You were right. It took a distributor wrench, plus the things you mentioned. We got em though! What a J.O.B., I didn't take a chance with the bolts. I used small thin jaw vicegrips to keep them from falling out. Thanks to everyone.
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