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Posted May 24, 2012 - 08:03 PM

Maybe I missed it but can the radiator be moved in front of the core support? We put a 289 Hi-Pro into a Toyota HiLux Pickup for a customer years ago and found by installing the radiator in front of the core support we didn't have to modify the firewall at all. The hood latch was the only problem and we got around that with hood pins.
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Posted May 24, 2012 - 08:24 PM

Believe me with enough work anything is possible.

Years ago I bought mid '60s VW Van with a 1957 DeSoto 341 Hemi sitting in the middle.
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 08:26 AM

I started setting the engine down in the frame to see how everything was going to line up.

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Four years ago when I put the 6.2 in I had the front fenders and grille removed from the truck.
This is what it looked like then.

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I was hoping that I could cheat on this swap and do it with out removing the front clip.
Well that isn't going to work after all.
This is only a 6-cylinder but it sure is a tall engine.
I got it about 2/3's of the way in and it got stuck with the oil pan on the cross member and the back of the head up against the fire wall.
I need to be able to set it in at a straighter angle and I can't do that with the grille still on.

Sometimes you can get away with cutting corners and sometimes you can't.

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Posted May 25, 2012 - 10:23 AM

I kinda figured you'd have to pull the front off. But then you did too! :smilewink:
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 11:21 AM

I really was hoping I wouldn't have to remove the front clip.
It's not an easy thing to move around by just one person but here it is off the truck.

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There are parts from the truck setting all around the garage.
My wife has been parking her car out along side the garage for a few days now.

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OK .. This should make it a lot easier to fit that engine in.

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Posted May 25, 2012 - 11:23 AM

That will make everything much easier!
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 01:38 PM

I don't think for a minute that you will regret taking the clip off. Nice photos by the way! :thumbs:
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 01:58 PM

That should help a lot in fabbing the motor mounts. I just hope that tranny clears the 'hump' okay!
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 08:37 PM

And a lot less likely to scuff that perty paint too!
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Posted May 25, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Unfortunately, you may have to set the clip back on there to check your clearances before you make your mounts...

How did you pick it off... forklift?

Any Michigan members got free time this weekend to stop by Ray's to help him move that front clip around?
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Posted May 26, 2012 - 05:52 AM

Casey, I didn't think about that. 'Course, knowing Ray, he has that already figured out.
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Posted May 26, 2012 - 06:15 AM

That should help a lot in fabbing the motor mounts. I just hope that tranny clears the 'hump' okay!

That floor hump does look small and I may just have to make some modifications there afterall.
At least it will be a lot easier to move the engine in and out for test fitting.


Unfortunately, you may have to set the clip back on there to check your clearances before you make your mounts...

How did you pick it off... forklift?

That was interesting to say the least. ...
Normally I would use straps and hang it from the forks but the forklift had the engine attached to it so I couldn't use it.

I took hold of it by the grille and brought it forward so the fenders rolled over the tires and set the front down on a creeper.
Then I used a 2x4 at the back of the fenders so I could lift both fenders and roll the whole clip out of the way.

I already know the engine has to set back as close the the fire wall as it can so I shouldn't have to set the clip back on until the engine is mounted in place.
Then I can hang it off the forks to move it around.

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Posted May 26, 2012 - 06:43 AM

I went bact to the first thread on this and looked the pics over again. Tranny dipstick may be a challenge, but the tranny itself looks similar in shape. At least the oilpan has good clearance for the cross member. Guess you'll know soon enough where problems are! In the end, it will be well worth the effort of getting it in there. Hope the challenges are few and small!
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Posted May 26, 2012 - 07:18 AM

Looks great and nice pics too. It appears the difficulties will be few. Keep up the great work.

Geno
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Posted May 26, 2012 - 07:28 AM

I was just thinking what is the max governed RPM of the Cummins? The 6.2 was around 3000 I believe, if the axle ratio is to low the truck may not have much speed to run the hi way.
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