Engine install : Before
constructing the transmission tunnel it is advisable to fit the
engine and transmission into the frame. This gives an actual reference
point for all the critical components: starter exhaust, gearshift
lever etc. Of interest to B-210 builders, the engine fits perfectly.
It is an attractive engine with a classic style valve cover. The
exhaust leaves the stock manifold on the back left hand side with
room for a 90-degree elbow directing the gas out the left hand side
We placed the engine
as far back as it would go about ½" before the starter
motor bump on the bell housing hit one of the vertical H pieces.
This is also important because the gearshift lever would be hard
to reach if the engine was any farther ahead. As far as the vertical
placement goes we deviated slightly from the book's recommendation
of not having the oil pan protrude beneath the frame more than 1".
If we set the engine and the transmission mount 2" beneath
the frame, (we used the stock rear transmission mount), not only
do we have a car with a lower center of gravity and more room under
the bonnet for the air cleaner, but also the transmission tunnel
can be about four inches narrower in the area or the transmission
mount. The only potential problem we can see is the whole works
could get ripped out the first time we hit a bump in the road. This
we feel would be not so very good. Expect a test drive report later
to report on the matter.