My Latest Project, a '55 Chevy Hardtop

Motor and Tranny Install.... (PAGE SIX)

This is the "dummy" stage, fitting everything together, making sure it all looks good, then will take everything apart again and do any remaining welding, finishing, painting....

The motor and tranny were originally in my '93 Z28, that I wrapped pretty thoroughly around a couple of trees. But was able to walk away from it and with the motor and tranny....

UPDATE: OK, just need to fit in the exhaust with the hangers welded on the frame, then the motor is coming out and the body is coming off....

Crawled under and took a pic of the tranny mount, lined up with the driver's side header....

This is the tranny end of a Strange Engineering 3-1/2" Cr-Moly driveshaft from my "gasser", I ripped the front U-joint out at the Maui drag strip, it can be shortened to fit this rig, as the T-56 in this rig is longer then the Doug Nash 4+1 that is in the 55 gasser...

So shortening it, and welding in a new "nose" that will take a 1350 U-joint, with a yoke to fit this T56, will get the drive train nearly finished....

First Post this page....

Pulled the T56 tranny out of storage and cleaned 'er up.

Since the motor is an EFI with a plenum, and my motor "hangers" usually mount to a carb style intake manifold, had to make some "corner mounts" out of some angle iron....

Bolted 'em on in four likely locations, got the leveler out, and hooked it up on the hoist....

Bolted the bell on, and got the tranny on a cart and lined 'er up....

Test fit the side motor mounts that I got from Earl Williams Classic Chassis Works in La Verne, CA....

These are their newer design, and the motor plates can be mounted in either a "stock" location, or by swapping sides, in a 3/4" forward from "stock" location. I'm going to try for the "stock" location....

The LT1 has two motor mount locations on the right side of the block to mount the motor plate onto, the rear-ward location allows room for the AC compressor to fit in the "stock" location as it was in the Camaro. I show that location here, but I opted instead to move that plate back to the forward postion, a much cleaner install in that location, and I'll deal with the AC compressor location elsewhere....

The headers are Hooker Super Comp, designed for the '55 Chevy install that I am doing....

Good clearance on both sides....

Pulled out the shifter mechanism and put a cover plate on, as a new shifter will be installed on the forward access hole location, where the forward cover plate is presently. That will clear the bench seat, which I intend to keep....

Easing 'er into the "hole", a little at a time, lining things up....

Test fitted the headers in, a little tight getting them in place, up from the bottom is the only way for the driver's side, but they look really good....

The valve covers are pretty snug up against the firewall, will be marking those and modifying the firewall to give myself plenty of room to get those valve covers off. The LT1 distributor is mounted up front on the block, so no problems with the firewall....

Got a jack under the tranny and got everything lined up, Hey! Lookin' Good.....

I'm getting a really nice fit of those Williams side mounts against the frame and cross member....

So I cleaned the welding areas thoroughtly, and fired up the mig....

The headers fit really well except for one tight spot, where they rub slightly against the 500 power steering box....

But it is an area where I can grind a little bit off the steering box without any problems at all....

I thought about using studs on these headers, but it won't be practical, I do not think I will be able to get them off with studs, so will be staying with bolts....

The motor mount welds are done enough that I can pull the motor/tranny, once the rear tranny mount is done, and then I can complete the welding....

In the mean time I pulled out the old tranny mount that had been in this car, with a rather worn out 350/th350 combo, when I bought it. Cleaned it up and will be mounting it further back to match up with the longer transmission.

The exhaust "cutouts" in this mount just happen to match up with the Hooker header collectors just fine!!!



More Later....

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