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The Dark Side of Will:
My dad bought an SX/4 into which some incompetent moron had swapped a 304. He found out after purchase that the list of problems with the swap was long.

He decided to swap in a small block Chevy. He had a '90's LT1 in the shed, so out it came.
He's using the Eagle TF 998 trans.
The adapter plate is laser cut from 1/2" steel plate and had some subsequent machining operations. It's used with the 0.090 thick AMC transmission shim. He drilled the AMC converter pattern into a Chevy flex plate. He made a concentricity collar to fit the outside of the Chevy flexplate pilot journal and accept the AMC converter pilot to properly locate the converter.

Here is engine weight on motor mounts with only the second revision of the engine mount plates.

The crossmember will not be modified.

The engine is centered between the frame rails. The crossmember mounts are offset to the right, so we have to offset the engine back to the left. That is accomplished via the spacers you see between the right mount plate and the block. The pan rails are 9/32" higher than the 258 pan rails and will have to be raised more via thicker mount plates in order to allow room for the third bolt into the block on each side. With these developmental parts, the engine mount interferes with the forward upper bolt into the block. I ignored this for the first two versions, but will have to incorporate it into the next one.

The diff mounts will be incorporated into future revisions of the engine mount brackets. They're just a little more complicated.

hey, you guys go! at latest, this being 2017, still, there cannot be more than 5, 6 maybe eight, Eagle V8 conversions out there. A gentleman from Finland actually being the most successful up to this point. A V8 into an Eagle, while keeping it an Eagle, is fiendishly difficult. The TV show Eagle with the Ford V8 doesn't count, since they took out the front diff, it's now a  2 wheel drive station wagon, cool, but not an Eagle. Hey, even getting the original 258 back into an Eagle is an adventure and a half! good luck, gz

The Dark Side of Will:

What a pain in my @$$...

Modeling for the left side diff mount done. Will get the drawings ready and send to the laser cutter tomorrow.

The Dark Side of Will:
Got the prototypes of the next revision back; I screwed up the right side plate, so I need to fix it and have it made again. However, I was able to check the spacer pucks that get the mounts off the bolt-heads on which they overlap.

The Dark Side of Will:
With a hiccup or two, my dad and I got the mock-up diff jacked into place and the two main (ie, vertical) bolts installed.
There's so little room above the inboard bolt that we had to cut a piece of threaded rod *just* right to make a stud which we tightened into the diff housing and aimed to slip through the hole in the bracket as we raised the diff on the jack. We had to put the nut in place first and raise the stud into it because there's a boss on the block that's *right* above the nut. We were able to get it fairly snug, though.

There's a bolt boss above the oil filter that my dad wants to use to help support the snout bracket. With a couple of other bolt bosses on the side of the block, we may end up building one somewhat elaborate bracket to grab all of them.

My dad wants to do a second Chevy swap and I've talked him into using the TPI 400 that came out of his old Jaguar. That engine will have plenty of torque to motivate the car even with 2.35 gears. However, based on inspection of an old 400 bare block we have on the shelf, the intermediate bosses aren't there and the boss above the oil filter is present, but neither drilled nor tapped. I think the combined bracket will have to bridge all the way from the engine mount bolt pattern to the bolt above the oil filter.

Bottom line from today is that relative to where it's shown below, the entire diff needs to move to the left about half an inch in order for both the right side mount and snout bracket to slip into position.
Moving the diff to the left will also help immensely in terms of clearance to the block and make it a LOT easier to tighten that nut up.


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