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posted April 29, 2004 08:33 PM
I'm putting a 283 into a 84 Olds cutlass. Someone had previously put a 350 in it and I took it out. My class only allows up to 318's and I got my 283 cheap. Anyway, I bought the motor mounts that bolt to the engine, but when I tried to match it up with the ones on the frame, I needed to move them. I did, and now the engine sits down on the crossmember before lining up the bolt holes. What the heck do I need to do to make it work? I'm thinking about buying the 2292 motor mounts to bolt to the frame, but at this point I'm not sure that would work. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Ray Dannemiller

posted April 29, 2004 08:50 PM           
Here's how we made our mounts... First we torched off the mounts from the crossmember. We have the mounts on the motor that is a flange kinda like a U shape that you stick a bolt through both sides... then the frame side of the mount gies in the middle and the bolt goes through it... anyways...

Take some one inch square tubing. Cut two pieces the same length as the gap between the bolt holes ont the motor mount. Weld them ontop eachother (the tubes running the same direction). Stick the peice in the motor mount and put a bolt through one of the peices of square tubing (tube #1), we'll call the other tube without a bolt through it tube #2... do the same thing on the other side...

then lower the motor into the engine bay... Lower it so the ends of tube #2 lie flat on the crossmember. It may take some jimmying for both sides to lay flat. This should be at about the right height... if its too low, make it three peieces of square tube tall. Two peices worked for me.

Anyway, once you get it where you want it, tack the square tubing to the crossmember. Pull the bolts out and pull the engine out. Then weld the tubing up solid to the crossmember and there you go. Bulletproof custom solit motor mounts that were practically free.

This worked for me, your milage may vary.


posted April 29, 2004 09:20 PM
simple way get new mounts from the parts store for a 75 nova then get the towers off any sbc car

posted April 30, 2004 03:26 AM
you might check the pan to make sure you do not have a odd ball pan.I put both mounts on engine, center in car and weld.

posted April 30, 2004 12:06 PM
use the 350 oil pan and pick up one is probably rounded and one goes straight down happened to me in a 57 chevy one time.

posted May 01, 2004 09:08 AM
Thanks for all the advice guys, I got it in last night (at midnight) FINALLY!!! I ended up taking the stock brackets and putting some 1" square under it, drilled some new mounting holes and bolted it up and welded it all together then dropped the engine back on them.
Thanks again.

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