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[C1] Who among you has installed a big block Chevy engine in a 57 Corvette ?

 
Old 01-23-2018, 07:43 PM
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Default Who among you has installed a big block Chevy engine in a 57 Corvette ?

Anybody here done this? What is required and what should be avoided? Looking for suggestions and comments from anyone who has actually done this. As always.........................thanks for your input.


Forgot to mention the engine would be one of the new 427 aluminum ZL-1.


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Building a new car?
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Building a new car?
I'm just crazy enough to do it
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I'm skeptical , you barely have room for a small block , especially clearance between the air cleaner and the hood.
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I have a tall deck 572 in a '59, but I did not use the stock frame.
Mine has C4 suspension, custom radiator and headers, hood scoop required. No power steering or AC.
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Does a 409 count as BB for you? I think they are the same ext dims as MkIV.

From 1975:

New front motor mount towers need to be fabricated, as you want the location of the rear of the block/bellhousing interface on the same line as the rear of a small block. This pushes the front of the motor forward about 2.5".

Check your water pump fan to sway bar clearance, you may not be able to use a fan clutch, and have to use fan direct to WP, no spacer.

You can move the motor back maybe 3/4" at most, but leave dizzy clearance.

You will need a hood scoop

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Back in the late 60s a high school friend had an FI 58 that he sold and the guy that bought it put an old school (newer engine at that time) 427 in it. I have no idea what it took to get it done but it WAS done.
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I'll drag this one out again................................... ..........

I'm sure it CAN be done, but one of the biggest obstacles that I can see would be headers. I know Bill Thomas used to make a complete kit for the installation, including headers, but this was back in the 60s - 70s. I really would like to do it but the headers are the show stopper at this time.
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Just make them or have them made and you can put them exactly where you want.
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I am wanting to do this and have a copied set of motor mounts that I believe came off of an early swap kit. I forget the name but have the info in my files. I can get you pics if interested. I had the headers and foolishly sold them years ago. My big question has always been "would the low rise 454 LS6 aluminum intake clear the hood or would a scoop still be needed?" Let me know what you decide. Good Luck
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No reason to, with the available power from small block engines currently. My co-worker just bought a 578 HP, 561 TQ 427 SBC stroker engine that weighs a couple hundred pounds less than a BBC and screams. His car will handle much better, too. I've spent a lifetime driving front-heavy big block sleds....no way would I want one in an early Corvette. Just my personal take on it, as I do understand and appreciate the bragging rights and the cool factor of a monster motor under the hood!
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I'll drag this one out again................................... ..........

I'm sure it CAN be done, but one of the biggest obstacles that I can see would be headers. I know Bill Thomas used to make a complete kit for the installation, including headers, but this was back in the 60s - 70s. I really would like to do it but the headers are the show stopper at this time.
Just make your own headers:



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I had a 427 in a '57 years ago. I bought it with the car already converted. Headers would be an issue and a different motor mounting system is needed. The engine fit in the compartment very well, however, with actually more room than I would have thought. If I can find some pics, I will post them. This was in 1980.
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Come on Rex, you know it can be done by someone with your talent and resources!! You just need a big frickin hammer and a sawzall.
Your guy that fabs the L88 headers should be able to whip up a nice set of headers for you. How is Irvin coming along on the body??
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Not sure whose car this is, but somehow he jammed a Ram Jet ZL1 in a 57 without a hood scoop:



I have to assume it has a restomod frame.
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I had a 427 in a '57 years ago. I bought it with the car already converted. Headers would be an issue and a different motor mounting system is needed. The engine fit in the compartment very well, however, with actually more room than I would have thought. If I can find some pics, I will post them. This was in 1980.
would love to see some pics.
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Originally Posted by Loren Smith View Post
Not sure whose car this is, but somehow he jammed a Ram Jet ZL1 in a 57 without a hood scoop:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/splatt...-c1_corvettes/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/splatt...-c1_corvettes/

I have to assume it has a restomod frame.
I gotta think if a ram jet intake fit a low rise LS6 would clear.
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Rex.....all I can say is WOW!
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Originally Posted by Dr L-88 View Post
Cool set up. What is it? With the 'current' sensor plug in, it does not appear to be something from back in the day.....

On another note, it is always fun to see what is in the background in photos. Carpet on the floor, cabinets with fancy hardware.... a beauty like that DOES deserve to be in the house, not out in the shop.....
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