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Progress on my Olds 455 powered pickup

Note: This is my long distance project. My truck is in CA, & I live in CT. I fly out every few months & work on it...

This truck has been sitting at my parents house for about 25 years. I don't live in California anymore, so it's been neglected for some time. Over the past year or two, I've been making it a priority to get it running.

One of the things I've been meaning to fix is the engine placement. I installed an Olds 455 just after high school back in 1988. It was a rough installation, as we had to modify a big block swap kit to fit a Olds. Why Olds 455? It's because what I had, & BBC's were too expensive.

As you can see here, the engine is not centered (old mounts make it look worse)



So out out comes the mount. I don't think the neighbors were too happy with me at 1am. My biggest concern was those big spiders though




One of my other goals on this trip was to install a split timing cover. This will make it way easier to install a new cam on my next trip - prob in May.
I got the cover online from a guy who makes them. I modified it by adding another piece of metal in the top half. I wanted to keep the oil from possibly leaking, and also give it a little more strength.





Another goal was to add a marine alternator mount. This places the alt down low on the driver side. I needed to do this now because I was getting the crossmember fixed, & the engine would be lowered about 1.5". You can also see the new split timing cover installed, along with my NOS W-30 2 groove crank pulley



I still have about an inch below the alternator



At this point, I have the newly modified crossmember installed, & the engine is a lot more level



I still want to move the engine & trans back about another inch. I want to fit a full size clutch fan with a 4 row radiator. These valve covers will be cut for firewall clearance & rechromed.



There's a 455 in there...



Hopefully, I may be able to start it up on my next trip out to CA. I'm rebuilding a pair of Carters for my dual quad intake that's gonna go on it

Carb pics & rebuild

Here is is about 5" lower in the front



Until next time,
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looks good, I cant get stuff done when my car is at home
did you end up pulling it out of the spot it was parked?
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No. I used a leaf blower to clear out the multi-legged critters (along with a can of WD-40)

I didn't have enough time to roll it out like I originally planned. I think I'll try using those wheel dollys and move the truck closer to the house when I redo the brakes.

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Not a technical question or post, moved to the Lounge. We encourage you to start a project journal, we've seen a lot more activity there lately, this project would be a nice addition.
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ok, will start a journal
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One of my other goals on this trip was to install a split timing cover. This will make it way easier to install a new cam on my next trip - prob in May. I got the cover online from a guy who makes them. I modified it by adding another piece of metal in the top half. I wanted to keep the oil from possibly leaking, and also give it a little more strength.
are you sure the piece that you added will clear the timing chain?
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Yeah, but I will check it again before I seal it on. There's also a button on the cam gear bolt that will hit the timing cover before the chain will hit the piece I added. You can see where the button was hitting the old cover - clean round spot just above the 2 threaded holes
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you can see here that the timing chain is fairly deep in there
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