Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Calgary, Canada
Re: Short Block Swap with Hood?
I have R&R,d Engines in 67-69 Camaro as well as 63-82 Corvettes/chevy trucks etc, WITHOUT taking the hood off. You have to be extremly carefull and shorten up the engine sling to minimum length, and also the engine must be a bare long block assembly with Intake and Valve covers only. Any other parts only aggravates the install. It helps to have someone hold the hood fully open as the hinges tend to sag from the hood weight. Another set of eyes also helps to keep a watch on the rad support and inner fender aprons/brake booster/oil pan etc., etc.
You also have to be carefull and turn the engine assembly a little sideways until past the radiator support.
Like posted a short block would be easy. It can be done.
Why Dont you want to take off the hood? It makes it a lot easier as you can dress the engine with a lot of the accessories, which keeps any damage from occuring becuase of leaning over the fenders continuly to assemble the engine components in chassis, on the other hand you have to store the hood and also be carefull taking it off and on and aligning it up.
Both ways have their dissadvantages. IMO.
2002 Jerry Bickle Cavalier, 446" Small Block, Brodix Canted Valve, lenco 5 speed, 7.54 @ 180. mph,1.06 60', 2235 lbs for 2014. GM Canada Docs, Highly Optioned 69 RSZ28 , Hugger Orange, White Stripes, 42,000 mile survivor, owned since 1973.