I got more work done on the car last night I did some work on the placement of the motor. When I first installed the motor it seemed like it was sitting a bit higher and further forward then it did before. I decided since it wouldn't take me long to swap the MM solid motor mounts for the old solid motor mounts to see if I was right. The old motor mounts moved the engine back a 1/4 and down about the same. that was nice since it gave me better clearance between the K-member and the oil pan.
Its hard to tell from the picture but there is more clearance then it looks. I was really happy with that since I was kind of worried about it. So I figured I would just leave them installed and not use the MM solid motor mounts. I decided on moving on to finishing up the transmission install on the car. I got all the mounts installed and went to lower the transmission to find I have another issue.
It sits about a 1/2 inch off the transmission cross member. I would have to put a spacer between the trans cross member and trans mount to get it to work. The one drawback is now the driveshaft won't go into the car since the tail housing is so close to the transmission tunnel. The driveshaft is a left over from when the car was an auto it has the big dampener on the end. The other thing i causes is the motor to tilt back and I loose the gap I had between oil pan and K-member.
So now I'm starting to look at my options to solve the problem. I've come up with 3 options all ranging from mild to wild.
1. Leave the motor where it sits make spacers for the transmission mount to lift the tail of it up so the oil pan doesn't hit the K-member and get a new driveshaft that doesn't have the dampener on the end of it. This should work but not sure if I still won't have issues with the drive shaft and the transmission tunnel.
2. Really the same as above but add these to the car which should move the trans closer to the mount. It might also keep me from having to get a driveshaft but in the end I might just get one anyway.
K-Member Spacer Kit, 1/4" thick
3. This option is the craziest one of the them all. It could open the door for allot more custom work on the car which could add delays to getting it running. Taking what I was going to do in options 1 and 2 to the next level moving the motor back an inch in the car. This would give me allot of clearance between the pan and the K-member but could open the door to allot more problems. I looked at all the places where there could be potential issues with clearance. I looked at the steering rack to pan clearance which looks good its hard to tell from the photo below but there would be about 1/4 inch of clearance if the motor was set back.
The shifter opening would be fine and adding the spacers would give me more clearance between the transmission and the trans tunnel. I still have to look into all the potential issues that could come from moving the engine back. I'm going to take a look at it more tonight. I have a mental list of issues this could cause problems from easy to fix things to going to take some fab work. I read over the MM K-member instructions for the 1 inch setback on the motor and the only thing I haven't checked is the exhaust clearance with the firewall. I was going to put the headers on tonight to see what issues I might have with them hitting the firewall. Setting the motor back an inch was something I wanted to do but changed my mind now I thinking since I already have the car apart and I'm thinking about replacing the driveshaft anyway might as well take the time now.
What do you guys think of my potential solutions to the problem? If anyone has suggestions let me know.