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Old 06-09-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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Engine swap questions

The 250 and t5 have been pulled from my '64, and now it's time to install the Olds 468 and th400. I have a few probably simple questions.

1. It's much easier to install with th400 attached to engine, correct?

2. I can remove the bell housing mount/crossmember? I already have an Ingenuity Fab and Speed transmission crossmember.

3. What tips do you have for me?

Here's a quick video of my Olds 468 after break-in. https://youtu.be/q10_XxiUbWM
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:26 PM   #2
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Re: Engine swap questions

one tip is id take the hood off before trying to install it..i assume you have a engine hoist ...a engine leveler is a must have..it would be easier to install as one unit since you have so much room to work...you need to get your driveline angle set to match the rear diff..id recommend a digital angle finder
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:03 PM   #3
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Re: Engine swap questions

Yes you will need to remove the bellhousing crossmember. And yes I would install the engine and trans as a unit. Especially with all the room you made for yourself. I agree with removing the hood.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:53 PM   #4
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Re: Engine swap questions

I was trying to not have to take off the hood, but it sounds like I may need to.

Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:16 PM   #5
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Re: Engine swap questions

With the access you got, I’d leave the hood on.
You don’t need a leveller either. Just hook up some chains in the right spots to level the motor/tranny and slide it in.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:32 PM   #6
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With the grill and support out of the way like that, the hood shouldnít be a problem! A leveler would make it simple but not completely necessary as stated.

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