Engine Dimensions for Popular Swaps - Engine Builder Magazine

Engine Dimensions for Popular Swaps

There are several engine swap kits for
putting non-stock engines into popular body styles, such as big blocks, into
1955-’57 Chevys or small blocks into Jeep CJs, for example. The kits
usually include things like motor mounts and headers designed to provide clearance of the vehicle frame, steering shafts, and the like.

Since there’s more to engine swaps than just squeezing the engine
under the hood, Summit Racing has come up with a list of things to measure and check
for to help you perform a successful horsepower transplant. Remember,
measure twice, cut once, and start swappin’!

 

Engine Measurements

          Sump Starter
Engine Width Length Height Weight Location Location
Chevrolet

262-400

396-454

Ford

221-351W*

351C

429-460**

352-427 FE#

4.6L SOHC***

4.6L DOHC***

26"

28"

24"

24 1/2"

27"

27"

28 5/8"

30"

28"

30 1/2"

29"

29"

30"

32"

28"

28"

27"

29"

27 192"

28 1/2"

29"

29"

26"

29 7/8"

575 lbs.

685 lbs.

460 lbs.

550 lbs.

720 lbs.

625 lbs.

600 lbs.

576 lbs.

Rear

Rear

Front

Front

Front

Front

Front

Front

Right

Right

Right

Right

Right

Right

Right

Right

* 351W height to carburetor pad is 23 3/4". 289-302 height ot top of pad is 20 3/4".

Length for all 221-315W Ford is with short serpentine water pump

** Except Boss 429

# Except 427 SOHC

*** Width is valve cover to valve cover. Height is to top of valve covers.

 

Engine Measurements

          Sump Starter
Engine Width Length Height Weight Location Location
Chrysler

273-360

361-440

426 Hemi

24"

29 1/2"

29"

29"

30"

32"

27"

29"

32"

550 lbs.

670 lbs.

690 lbs.

Front

Front

Middle

Left

Left

Left

Engine Swap Check List

1. Always check
measurements with all engine accessories installed. That will help
prevent catastrophes like bolting in an engine and finding you have a
half-inch of radiator clearance.

2. Select the engine mounting method
(rubber mounts, solid mounts, motor plate, etc.) before installation.
The mounts used can affect clearances, especially height.

3. Double-check – make that triple-check – hood clearance, firewall clearance, and fan-to-radiator clearance.

4. Make sure driveline angle is correct. You (or the installer) may have to adjust engine location in the car to get the proper angle.

– Courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment

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