Originally Posted by TorkMonster400
originally the motor was going into a camaro with more clearance but the pan had ground clearance issues so I chose that one. Techinspector your plan was one that I have considered but I was kinof scared to go hackin on the crossmember. Will that ruin any structural integrity or anything.
Nope, just box the area back in with material at least as thick as what was cut out and you won't lose anything strength-wise, and it may end up stronger depending on if you use thicker material and/or a better shape to that area. The factory frame is as thin as they could get away with, the factory doesn't spend a penny more than they have to to meet crash, durability and warranty standards.