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Old 04-11-2019, 03:58 PM   #41
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When we installed the 409 in my 56, so, so long ago, we didn't modifiy the firewall at all. Our motor mounts were fabricated out of 1/4 steel plate, bent to fit with a rubber spacer. The original exhaust manifolds just clear the steering box, barely. Had to modify the oil pan to clear the linkage, so now I use a high capacity oil filter with a spin type adapter.

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Thanks for the reply Red....Can you post a pic of your mounts?
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Outstanding! That is a motor I have never had, but it near the top of my list to get.
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Thanks for the reply Red....Can you post a pic of your mounts?
David, I have been trying to post a picture for you and for some reason I can not. I have URL (picture) but it dose not show up when I submit the post.
I'll keep trying. Any way, with this mount we were able to move the motor forward, avoiding messing with the firewall. And of course, the exhaust manifold and steering box was still an issue. boy, that was a long time ago. Hey I did it !! Sorry for the rotation.

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David, I have been trying to post a picture for you and for some reason I can not. I have URL (picture) but it dose not show up when I submit the post.
I'll keep trying. Any way, with this mount we were able to move the motor forward, avoiding messing with the firewall. And of course, the exhaust manifold and steering box was still an issue. boy, that was a long time ago. Hey I did it !! Sorry for the rotation.
Fixed it Red....What did you use for rear mounts? Do you have an auto or standard transmission?

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Originally it was a 2 speed powerglide. I converted it to a 4 spd. Muncie. I used the trans mounting cross member as the rear mounting. I lucked out, the powerglide and the Muncie mounting cross member matched exactly. No need to relocate.
And as you can see from the picture, there is no mechanical fuel pump. I am useing an electric fuel pump, mounted in the rear of the car near the tank. Also, if you are wondering, the radiator is mounted in front of the crossmember. I also fabricated a fan shroud which I felt was needed.
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Are you using the stock bellhousing mounts to stabilize the engine?
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You, my friend are totally correct Monk.....And the article will still be written from the back yard mechanic's perspective....If Earle has some parts to make the job easier for DIY'er, they will be included.

This article will be for "someone who is still building their own stuff and not just buying their ride."
David I put a 348 in a 55 in 1964, and later put a 409 in the same car, doing it just like you said "back yard mechanic"

I used all stock parts with an original 3 spd, then a 4 spd with the 409. Using the original bell housing, I mounted the engine at the rear and with the front motor mounts on the engine, drilled holes in the frame, and bolted the front on with original parts. Used original exhaust manifolds, and stock steering gear. There was a modified drag link available back then that was cut and moved forward about 4 inches to clear the pan. It was probably a JC Whitney item.
No problem at the firewall, the radiator moved to the 6 cyl position, and everything went well, and very inexpensive.
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Are you using the stock bellhousing mounts to stabilize the engine?
No, the engine is very stable. Engine torque movement is almost non exsistant. Never had any problem in the last 35 + years. The car was even dragged raced with this set up. The only time I changed a mount was the mount for the trans, when I converted it over to a Muncie.
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hey RED! how `bout some pics, of that gorgeous `56?
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