Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
4/19/19 7:58 a.m.

Rear end is back in. Got the serpentine conversion 100% done. Just need motor mounts then it’s motor dropping time.

Also got the remote power steering reservoir put together. Need to figure out where to put it.

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
4/30/19 9:21 p.m.

She’s back on the ground. Need to pull the heat exchanger then it’s motor time!!

The front needs to come down 3 ish inches. Sure hope this hog of a motor has enough weight. 

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
5/22/19 11:01 p.m.

Went to test fit the motor tonight.

this thing is pretty long. Had to take the serpentine apart to get it in.

realized pretty quickly on the way down that something wasn’t right

oil pan is hitting the cross member and the motor mounts aren’t close to the perch’s.

The small block that was in before mounted through the side holes with one big long bolt on each side. With the 390 it’s one big bolt on the motor mount side and with the hole in the middle of the perch I though it would just bolt in. 

Definitely wrong. Not sure what I don’t have right. 

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
5/23/19 8:25 p.m.

Good news is I’m not a idiot. Bad news is I have the wrongs perches. Found a guy on my galaxie forum that had them. Found a picture of the correct ones, should get me there no problem

 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
5/23/19 9:36 p.m.

In reply to Norma66-Brent :

It happens.  Glad to see this on page 1 again!

wawazat
wawazat HalfDork
5/27/19 8:32 p.m.

Saw the engine going in-Yeah!  Glad it was an easy do-over.

 

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
5/29/19 8:24 p.m.

Pressure washed the frame and cross-member. Tornados keep popping up here so had to stop for the day. Next is wire wheel the cross member then por-15 time.

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/1/19 2:21 p.m.

Frames all cleaned up. Waiting for the new motor mounts. They are “out for delivery” 

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/2/19 5:03 p.m.

Used some hillbilly engineering to get the bolts in for the motor mounts. I didn’t have access to the upper bolts. So I tied some fishing line and pulled them through. 

Got the motor in. Mounts are correct. 

problem is there is still some interference on the cross member and pan.

Looks like I have two options. Cut the cross member flange or cut and modify the pan. Im going to take a few days and decide what I want to do. Current state the oil bung is inaccessible for oil changes. 

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/3/19 6:01 p.m.

What’s your guys thoughts should I clearance the pan or cross member?

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
6/3/19 6:20 p.m.

Move the bung space engine up quarter inch?

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
6/3/19 7:12 p.m.
NOHOME said:

Move the bung space engine up quarter inch?

Came in to say “space motor mounts up a little”, but a better man has beaten me to it.  

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/11/19 9:08 p.m.

Motors back out. Moving the frame perch holes forward 1/2 inch. See where that gets us!

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/24/19 7:16 p.m.

What didn’t fit now fits!

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/24/19 7:27 p.m.

Excellent.  First start will be soon?

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/24/19 8:29 p.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

Still needs the following

  • Brake lines installed
  • all the wiring
  • replace fuse box and upgrade to a modern box
  • third peddle installed
  • manual column painted and installed.
  • transmission
  • driveshaft
  • exhaust

this list is more of a effort to organize my thoughts.

i move in two weeks to a house with a dedicated garage space. Work should accelerate soon.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
6/24/19 10:16 p.m.

Please tell me there’s a dual-circuit master cylinder in this car's very near future!

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/25/19 7:55 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

Yes! Need to get some wilwood parts coming! Doing some research on electrical panel upgrades now as well! Column got dropped off at paint today!

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/26/19 10:40 p.m.

Have a feeling this will help.

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
6/30/19 8:21 p.m.

Trying to get a game plan going on the wiring. Looking at all the diagrams and it doesn't seem that bad. This seems like one of those jobs you put off and put off and you just need to get started. Going to pick up the gas tank tomorrow and get that retrofitted.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
7/1/19 7:55 a.m.

In reply to Norma66-Brent :

get a variety pack of highlighters and go to town!   

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
7/6/19 4:28 p.m.

Norma is all loaded up to go to her new home. We bought a new home with detached 2 car garage that will be a dedicated shop. Can’t wait to have the car at home where I don’t need to do a 30 minute commute to do any work.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
7/6/19 8:04 p.m.

Love this car!

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
7/11/19 9:43 p.m.

Norma’s new home is ready. New to me detached garage. Needs some work but a huge upgrade from my buddies garage!

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
7/14/19 7:24 p.m.

Norma’s moved and ready for work to start. Column will be done Monday and the work can begin on the manual swap. 

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