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Turbo 400 swap by Bill Gardne
Post New Message I'm going to swap a big 4-speed in a 1981 C60 Chevy bus for a Turbo 400. Anybody been here? My main issue is mounting. The engine has a mount at the very front, and the tranny has one at the bell housing. The problem is you can’t use the front of a 400 to mount anything to. My options are these as far as I can see: 1. Put a motor plate between the engine and tranny and then build a crossmember for the rear of the tranny. 2. Install regular motor mounts at the middle of the engine, then the crossmember at the back of the tranny. ANY advice would be great. Other problems are driveshaft connection and parking brake, but I don’t think those will be too hard to figure out. If you dealt with these or other problems, I’d love to hear about them. I know I will need to put a big cooler on it and a tranny temperature gauge to make sure it’s not going to get too hot. I have been told everything from “don’t even think about attempting it” to “I have a similar setup and it works great.” I just haven’t found someone with the exact same setup. ANY advice would be much appreciated.
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Post New MessageTurbo 400 swap Bill Gardne 10-31-05  
  Reply to MessageRe: turbo 400 swap Phil Feinstein 11-1-05  
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