Sunday, April 25, 2010

First Assembly

First assembly started about a week ago and it's the front suspension. A neoprene bushing kit was purchased to replace all of the rubber bushings. On this table are the upper and lower A arms and the steering linkage. All the parts were sand blasted, primered and painted. New upper and lower ball joints were also installed. Also in this picture is a gas shock for the steering linkage. This shock is not appropriate for our high performance engine and has been removed from this assembly.

Before the front suspension components could be installed the top of the frame had to be painted. Earlier in the week Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator was applied followed by a satin top coat. It looks very good.

In order to compress and install the coil springs the weight of the motor must be on the chassis. Before I could install the motor I had to complete the installation of the 6 quart oil pan which includes the installation of a windage tray. This tray comes with 5 special bolts that replace the standard crank cap journal bolts. In this picture I am verifying which of the main cap bolts must be removed.

The 5 special bolts for the windage tray are installed in this picture. The windage tray also uses one of the oil pump bolts. If you look close at the bolt pattern it looks like one bolt is missing. This empty hole is for the dip stick.

The 6 quart oil pan also uses a unique oil pump screen as see on the right. This screen is so unique that most auto parts stores will tell you than Chevy only made one screen for the 327, the one on the left. Fortunately I had the correct one and it's in good condition.

The 6 quart oil pan is installed and the motor is ready for the frame.

Dennis K. lent me his engine hoist and it worked perfect. Thanks Dennis. In this picture you can see the A arms are installed but lack coil springs.

With the motor bolted to the frame I was able to compress the coil springs and install the front axles. The steering linkage, Pittman arm, gear box and idler arm will be next. Stay tuned for more assembly.


  1. I have never seen a frame painted this way before, and to be honest I would have bet it would not have turned out this way. Well done. It looks new I think. Is the adhesion (vs baking) pretty good ? Also, nice job on the engine oil plan, but I have a question. I thought the guy who built it said it was built 110% orig. Or, was the deep pan some kind of option or something? Jim

  2. Hello from Spain,
    Nice job!!! I have a 1966 Corvette and this is my blog:

  3. The paint on the frame is fine. In order to insure adhesion I used scotch brite to remove the gloss from the earlier paint. This technique is common and it works well.
    I knew the oil pan was incorrect the day I bought the motor and I discussed this with the seller. The engine also has an incorrect left side exhaust manifold because it has a mount for air conditioning. AC was not available on a FI car in 1963.

  4. Hello Spain! That's a good looking project. Looks like we are doing similar work on our C2's. I wish I could read your blog but I can't. Good luck just the same!