'57 Chevy Small block swap
The 6 cylinder engine in my '57 wasn't the original block (which I knew), so they added side engine mounts, big ugly ones, to the chassis for the later engine block.
So what's the deal on swapping a small block into a car that originally had a 6 cylinder?
Not a '57, but let's say a later Camaro or Chevelle or something like that. Because if all that's involved is using V8 mounts on the block, then I can bolt my small block into my '57 pretty easily. If I can use these later style side mounts.
Here's a picture of what's there:
I don't think I would use what you have there, I'd either
buy an engine swap front mount, or engine swap side mounts
for the 57, also what do you plan for a trans?
The transmission is a full manual Turbo 400.
Well then you'll want to use side mounts, front mounts make it
hard to use a different trans, here is a link for mount conversion
PS you'll also need a larger radiator (more cores) as the six cyl one wont do.
Right, I was planning to use side mounts. What I wanted to know was whether or not the side mounts that are already there will work with a small block. Since the 6 was a later model and used side mounts, the same as if you had a 6 in a Chevelle or Camaro etc., can you use the 6 cylinder mounts to install the small block if you have the right rubber motor mounts? Or, do you have to replace the chassis mounts in cars like that to replace a 6 with a small block?
Because if I could keep the same chassis mounts in those cars with a 6 and just get the right rubber mounts for the block, then I should be able to do the same thing in my '57.
Looks like I found my answer.
This is from this site: http://rmcavoy.freeshell.org/6to8.html
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