The seats are going to be switched to more comfortable high back buckets out of a 1985 S10 Blazer.
The air conditioner will mount under the center of the dash right where the radio is now so the radio will have to be moved.
The inside of the cab is stripped out and the factory transmission access panel is removed from the floor.
I cut the metal out around the bell housing hump.
With the engine set back in the frame, I can see that more metal needs to be trimmed around the bell housing.
At this point I can also mark where the firewall needs to be cut out to clear the exhaust.
The indent on the firewall is angled at the top and the valve cover is going to hit this angled area and prevent the engine from going back as far as it needs to go.
I taped off the area to cut out for the exhaust and I'm going to also cut up around the top of the indented area.
This is how it looks with the metal removed.
The hole at the bottom of the firewall on the drivers side is for the gas
I'm hoping I can keep the gas peddle mounted at that point.
The engine is set back in place and there is good clearance for the exhaust.
If I form metal that goes straight back from the top of the cutout and then down behind the back of the engine, it should allow me room to remove that back valve cover later for adjusting the valves.
The transmission is fitting good.
Clearance on the passenger side for the air conditioning pump.
Clearance on the drivers side for the vacuum pumps.
Clearance between the engine and the power brake unit.
As you can see, it is a tight fit all the way around but it does work.
With that big hole in the firewall, it will make it easier to re-locate the radio right now and I also need to mount the new electric windshield wiper motor up under the cowl.
When those are taken care of, I can then set the engine back in and start on motor mounts.
When the engine is mounted in place, then I'll form new metal for the firewall.
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Edited by jdcrawler, May 31, 2012 - 01:05 PM.