Val, Do you have any idea what the stock cross-member weighs? Oh on a 56 HT. Also where would you put the new cross-member? I am using a aluminum motorplate instead of sidemounts. Thanks in advance!! al
I'd have to guess since I've never weighed one. Maybe 75-100 lbs.??
Only one place to put the new crossmember for the cars I've done, and that's inline with the motor mounts. If you're using a bellhousing motor plate, then you've got flexibility on the location. Probably have a spreader bar at the end of the frame horns, so I'd either put a tube crossmember just in front of the sump, or not use one since you have the motor plate. Another crossmember might be redundant, and unnecessary.
Since they're usually under the engine, I make them a bolt in design to allow removal of the pan without fighting them.
Great info as usual!. If that cross member is even 50lbs or more, it's worth it to remove it. It sure looks heavy. Running a motor plate at the front of the engine and at the bellhousing, leaves plenty of room to put another cross member where ever is easiest, if I put one in at all. Thanks again for the advice, it is truly appreciated!!