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Hi there. I'm installing a "TCI" ifs. in my 1956 chevy pickup. My question is, how much space between the cross member and the oil pan do i need? Also how much will the motor settle once it is installed?The motor is a 350 with a 700r transmission.Thanks....

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Hi there. I'm installing a "TCI" ifs. in my 1956 chevy pickup. My question is, how much space between the cross member and the oil pan do i need? Also how much will the motor settle once it is installed?The motor is a 350 with a 700r transmission.Thanks....
I have a TCI Mustang II installed in my 55 2nd series Chevy (same truck as yours), and a 350 SBC motor. There is plenty of clearance between the xmember and the oil pan, at least 2-3" as I recall. The engine doesn't "settle" at all. I installed my motor mounts as follows; I temporarily mounted the 350 using the stock front style motor mounts to the stock xmember. Then I attached new side type motor mounts to the block, bolted on the TCI motor mounts, then welded them to the frame. After all the welds were finished up, I removed the stock front motor mounts. I also had to cut the stock xmember to get proper clearance for the power rack and pinion steering assembly.

Hope this helps. If not, let me/us know.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I originally had the stock motor mounts but didn't like the way the motor sat so far forward, so I used a tubular mount to move the motor back towards the firewall. This was in the way of the new cross member.I did have to move the motor forward to center the new motor mounts on the cross member.
My new cross member is one piece.So i'm not sure if it sits higher than the Mustang unit.Is yours the three piece unit? Right now I have about an inch of clearance maybe an inch and a half. I'm also using a Milodon oil pan which is a little deeper than stock.I could go a little higher but I have an awesome looking fan shroud that I would like to keep.But if an inch isn't enough i'll remove it.Thanks again...
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An inch is plenty enough.I have seen tighter fits on factory cars.
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I set mine at 1''
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Thanks for the quick reply. I originally had the stock motor mounts but didn't like the way the motor sat so far forward, so I used a tubular mount to move the motor back towards the firewall. This was in the way of the new cross member.I did have to move the motor forward to center the new motor mounts on the cross member.
My new cross member is one piece.So i'm not sure if it sits higher than the Mustang unit.Is yours the three piece unit? Right now I have about an inch of clearance maybe an inch and a half. I'm also using a Milodon oil pan which is a little deeper than stock.I could go a little higher but I have an awesome looking fan shroud that I would like to keep.But if an inch isn't enough i'll remove it.Thanks again...
Mine is indeed the 3-piece unit; crossmember+2 spring hats. 1-inch or 1-1/2" is plenty of clearance. The motor isn't going anywhere once it's mounted up.
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