Went to look at an engine swap job yesterday



Went to look at an engine swap job yesterday

Postby NOT A TA » February 13th, 2015, 11:22 pm

So I get a call from a gentleman who was been referred to me to do a Chevy engine/trans install in an 84? Cutlass. He mentioned that the car had already had a different Olds engine installed but that it was no good and he just wanted to start fresh. I told him switching to a different type of engine would require all new accessory brackets, headers etc. and he was fine with that. I went to meet him and take a look at what I'd have to work with. I do a lot of jobs where the old engine has already been removed and parts have been lost so I'm always cautious. I arrive to find this 63,000 mile car which was given the lowrider wheel treatment sometime in it's past along with the previous engine swap. Current owner wants me to install a new crate 350 Chevy engine and a 700-R4 built by a trans guy I know.

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As I'm looking over the car I notice the engine mount on the passenger side is welded to the crossmember and the bolt hole is ovalized.

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Then I head around to examine the drivers side mount. Not only is it welded but looks like the exhaust needed clearance so they sawzalled the crossmember. Looks like I'll have a little extra work to do!

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This car is actually much better than most of the ones I start with.

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Re: Went to look at an engine swap job yesterday

Postby grumpyvette » February 14th, 2015, 12:11 am

while its got obviously plenty of repair and upgrades required, its like you mentioned, in much better shape than a few I've worked on and if you have access to a decent mig or tig welder and die grinder and ideally a plasma cutter there's nothing that appears to be overly difficult.
IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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Re: Went to look at an engine swap job yesterday

Postby 87vette81big » February 14th, 2015, 12:26 am

Its a paying Sidejob Bird Man.
DO IT.
TAKE IT ON.

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