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fotoboydave
Engine max width


I have a '56 354 Chrysler that I want to squeeze into a '39 Ford. I need to know the maximum width across the stock sheetmetal "FirePower" valve covers and the distance from this widest point back to the bellhousing mounting face. Since it's a '56, it's a short bellhousing block.

I looked for width dimensions on the web but found nothing. If someone knows a source for this info, please post it here. I'd measure it myself but my engine is totally disassembled.

The Ford has an aftermarket firewall sized to accept a big block Chevy. I know the Hemi is wider than a BBC, but the firewall recess is wider at the front so the Hemi will fit at least part of the way back. I'm trying to estimate how far back.

Thanks.
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on: Thu 10 of Oct, 2019 [17:56 UTC] reads: 1004

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DaveBlakeman
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Re: Engine max width
on: Thu 10 of Oct, 2019 [22:16 UTC] score: 0.00
Laying a piece of plywood plumb on one side pushed against head- measuring off that to the furthest point on the other valve cover 28 inches. My widest point may be different than yours as I have a big block chevy water pump and machined pulleys that stick out far.

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fotoboydave
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on: Fri 11 of Oct, 2019 [19:15 UTC] score: 0.00
> My widest point may be different than yours as I have a big block chevy water pump and machined pulleys that stick out far.

Dave,

I'm confused. Why would the water pump and pulleys affect the width? I know they affect the length - how close the water pump is to the radiator. That's a front-to-back measurement, looking at the engine from the side. I'm concerned about the width over the valve covers, looking at the engine from the front.

Thanks,
Dave

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DaveBlakeman
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Re: Re: Re: Engine max width
on: Mon 14 of Oct, 2019 [18:47 UTC] score: 0.00
Sorry NOT my widest point but longest . My length may vary from others due to making my own pulleys. They stick out far . Width is 28

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DaveBlakeman
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on: Thu 10 of Oct, 2019 [21:00 UTC] score: 0.00
I will measure a 354 for you. Give me a few hours > Thanks


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