Finally decided to cut my shock towers.

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sideshow wrote:Any progress??? I need to get back to work myself......
None, I will have a chance to do some work in January. :(
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So glad i found and joined this site you all just saved me from another dumb ? i was woundering about those braces there a pain with the sm block in the car n ugly as hell ty all

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Decided to test fit an old 390 I had lying around. (Check out my home made motor puller plate.) Forgot to clean the garbage the mice left on the intake, oh well. Used some 68 Cougar FE frame and motor mounts. They of course bolted right up. The only problem was the rubber part of the motor mount (Cougars FE's had a 3 part motor mount.) hit the shock tower area above the frame mount so I cut it out. Once I get everything fitting the way I want I will start welding in the new metal. I now can actually see my 427 finally getting in here someday.

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Cougar FE motor mounts in my 65 Cyclone, here you can see the section above the frame mount with the hand pointing at it, that I cut out today.
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Larry;that is one of the areas the Crites kit has you remove.I filled mine with 1/8" plate and welded it all around plus a couple plug welds!! Nice looking mockup engine[just kidding]!!! ROY.
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CALIFORNIA CALIENTE wrote:Larry;that is one of the areas the Crites kit has you remove.I filled mine with 1/8" plate and welded it all around plus a couple plug welds!! Nice looking mockup engine[just kidding]!!! ROY.
That's pretty much what I had planned on doing, and I know I was gonna buy a plastic mockup engine but FE ones are over $400.00 so this old boat anchor will do. :P
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Larry;it did the trick,plus saved you $400.00!!If you stay with the 351C you will enjoy the room!!!What are your plans for an engine? My Comet is still all apart,it is going to take sometime as my sewer plumbing rebuild cost WAAAAAAY too much!!! ROY.
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CALIFORNIA CALIENTE wrote:What are your plans for an engine? ROY.
482 stroker for my fe 427, victor intake, blue thunder heads. Your basic financial disaster. :(
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that'll work,good job,,,,POP
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Finally had a few hours to work on the 65. Welded in my home made shock tower panel and now have to trim the bottom, do some welding and fab up a few more pieces.
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nice job looks good. you should be able to change sparkplugs now

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Finished driver side and sprayed it with some junk high gloss paint I had lying around. I will clean up the engine compartment when finished and repaint the whole thing,
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Larry;that engine compartment is a walk WAAAAAAY back in time!!!! ROY.
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CALIFORNIA CALIENTE wrote:Larry;that engine compartment is a walk WAAAAAAY back in time!!!! ROY.
ya,,,,1974-5 for me,,,
I'd rather do it myself if it's done right or not,,,isn't that what hotrodding is all about?
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Finished other side today. Roy, I took our advise and cut at a 120 angle instead of 90. Hard to tell in picture. I did Shelby drop, then started cutting at bottom of old control arm holes. Angled up to leave room for control arms to move. Now I can start installing my new coil over suspension I bought almost a year ago from Street-or-Track.
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