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Snake_Eyes
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posted 11-16-2002 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has any one done this before? I am putting a 385 series big block into a 68 coupe and I have second thoughts about how much higher and forward the engine sits. Would like to drop it down and back (for weight transfer) any ideas?

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 11-16-2002 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not use front and rear motor plates.That would leave you more room for headers.Or a front plate and modify the crossmember
Bob

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clevelandstyle
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posted 11-16-2002 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made motor mounts for my Fairmont. I needed to move it an inch toward the drivers side and a half inch back. It worked out well. Just take your time to get good measurements.

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Dave_C
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posted 11-16-2002 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A motor plate is the way to go when putting a 429-460 in an early Mustang. I helped a buddy put a 460 in his 69 Mach 1. We used a plate. Much easier to deal with. Motor sits lower and it's easier to work on as you can just remove the entire motor to frame assembly.

Just bought a pre-made plate and welded some simple "L" brackets to the front frame rails to bolt the plate to.

Here is one on E-bay, but it's almost overpriced.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1872392327
You can buy a new one for $99 from S&W Racecars.
http://www.swracecars.com/

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David Cole

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Snake_Eyes
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posted 11-16-2002 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A motor plate sounds interesting. How would this work? I am having a hard time understanding some things because I am use to working on other brand car with totally different mount set ups

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Dave_C
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posted 11-16-2002 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The motor plate is a 1/4" thick hard aluminum alloy plate. It is sandwiched between the water pump and timing cover. It comes with all the holes for the water pump and timing cover machined into it. It just bolts on. Some plates are profile milled like the one in the eBay auction above. Others are just a rectangular plate the you trim the edges to whatever shape you want.

On my buddy's car we used some 2"X3" angle to make some L shaped brackets. Bolted the plate to the motor and lowered it into the car. We notched the plate where it would sit down on the frame rails. The welded the L brackets to the frame rails and drilled holes through both the plate and brackets to bolt the motor in.

Here are a couple of pics of the BBF in my dragster. The frame rails are not as far apart as a car, but the same principle applies.

here is also a post with some good pics of Russ Hood's car. His car is also a tube chassis, but a motor plate will work fine in a car with regular frame rails.
https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/003917.html

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David Cole

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Snake_Eyes
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posted 11-17-2002 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice set up on your dragster. I will probly use the motor plate. Will let you guys know how it turns out. Thanks

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