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MUSSELMAN'S LAKE, ONT

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1961 Chevy C10 350 Engine swap
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Anyone put a Small Block Chev V8 (in my case a 350CI), Into a 1960 - 1962 Chevrolet C10 truck that originally came with a straight 6, 235CI engine.

I have a 1961 Chevy C10 Apache Suburban that came from a military base near Huntsville Alabama. It had a 235 straight 6 with 3 speed manual trans. It had the “U” motor mount at front of engine and bell housing mounts for trans. It has the torsion bar front suspension. I want to install a sbc 350 and an automatic trans. I have motor mounts from a 66 C10. I know I will have to fab a trans tail shaft cross-member. There are the 3 holes on each frame where a tranny cross-member would go. There are NO holes or indication on frame or front cross-member of where to place the motor mounts. When I place the engine and trans in truck, with motor mounts and towers attached to engine, with trans tail shaft up as high as possible, engine seems on too much of an angle. If I put 1” blocks between frame and towers, engine sits high. Without blocks, I have issues with oil pan clearance and firewall clearances.

Any help would be appreciated.

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DOURO, ONT

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We have a 62 with the torsion bar front end - it had a 350/350 in it until we put a twin turbo 6l and 4l80 in it.
The 350 fits well once you get it jostled into place
I do not remember now after some 7 years what was on it for mounts.
We used the same sbc 350 mounts with 1/2" thick adapters to put the larger 6l into it
Only issue we had was fitting the larger 4l80 to the rear xframe mount as it was really tight being as the tranny is so long



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CAMPBELLFORD, ONT

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That truck if supplied with a V8 when new would have had front motor mounts would it not?
Here's an image I cam up with..

V8 mount.jpg



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MARKHAM, ONT

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Rock Auto shows a front left, front right, or front only like your pic under 327 CI.

 

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/chevrolet,1961,c10+pickup,4.6l+283cid+v8,1325348,engine,motor+mount,5552



-- Edited by 123pugsy on Saturday 5th of August 2023 04:48:56 PM

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ONT

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Those are all side mounts. You need the triangle cups and spikes that bolt to the front of the block or a HURST front mount. It would be fairly easy to make or Lightspeed Mike could always fab one for you. But, wouldn't a 60-62 truck have side mounts?
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Chris Stapley wrote:

That truck if supplied with a V8 when new would have had front motor mounts would it not?
Here's an image I cam up with..

V8 mount.jpg


 chris i would be the last guy to challenge you on car smarts but, wasn't the last year of front and bell mounts 57. 



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Not in a truck according to that photo I found as backup? But then again, I'm no stinkin' Chevy guy...lol



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