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Guys,

I got the engine in and positioned tonight. The engine is all bolted to the transmission. The motor mount bolts are all started. The only issue I see so far is clearance between my no-name long tube headers and the shock towers. Driver's side has about 1/4". Passenger side has basically zero. I hate taking the headers back out right after I put them on, but I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to pull the passenger side header and use my BFH to ding the back primary 3/8" or so to get it off the shock tower. It seems to me it'll transfer a lot of vibration to the chassis as is. Or, I could try to lever the engine over 1/8" to get that much clearance per side.

What do you guys think?

Phil

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Do you have the later engine mounts in there?...that'll raise the engine up a bit and give more clearance...

I have the early mounts in my D-coder and the JBA's are tight...

Mark carefully and dimple to give 1/4"-1/2" on DS and 3/8"-5/8" on the PS.....I'd also suggest a torque limiter if your driving is spirited...

We'll miss you this weekend....Corona and lime?? *G*

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If you can move the motor over a little, do it. I personally don't like
to use the BFH on my headers. I had to shuffle the Cleveland a little
to stop it from hitting. I also use a torque strap to help hold that
mother still. The torque strap also helps stop clutch chatter!
The strap is not in this photo, DOUP!
That's how I found out it stoped clutch chatter.

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Hey Pat,

I Appreciate the advice and the thought. It'd be tough to hop on a plane and leave SWMBO here with the 2 week old and his big brothers, I think the Mustang would probably be sold by Monday morning!

Tip a half-yard o' Harp for me m' boy! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

Phil

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Oh, yeah...fatherly responsibilities always come first....there's always the corn feed..*G*

BTW, I've had good luck dimpling headers by warming them up and lightly working the area with a body hammer, then shrinking the tube by dipping it in cold water...tends to limit stretching of the metal.....


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Just loosen the motor-mount-bracket-to-frame-nuts and slide the motor over a bit. I had to do the same thing. You need about 1/4 inch on each side though. You may still have to heat up and tap a couple tubes in. If the header touches the shock tower it will rattle your header bolts loose all the time.



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