Well Howdy All
--- More baby steps but these were bigger than some of the others. FINALLY started installing the engine & tranny! Helped to have a crew of ArtCar builders on hand and we made some headway today.
After numerous "in & outs", firewall trimming, pedal removal and assorted such dalliances...I think we got the motor & tranny more or less lined up with some of the things that matter. I knew this was gonna' be tight but...damn! I had estimated how far back I thought the engine might sit (from the original) at about 24-25 inches. It wound up just about thirty. At least now I have plenty of room in front for the rad, intercooler, trans cooler and A/C condenser.
Doesn't look that odd from this angle, but...
...when seen from the side, it's another story. And it should lighten the load on my front axle a bit. So...just how far into the cabin does this monster go?...
Hmmm, about the dashboard. Ya...a doghouse is definitely in the works. May have to move the pilots seat an inch as well.
Managed to fab & tack part of one engine mount as well today. It is quarter inch steel but will have some serious boxing in when done.
Hey Jack...NEXT time I'm just buying a rig that already has most of it's parts in place. I'm too gal-darned old to build a bus from scratch. Even a shorty!