350 to 455 swap

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  1. Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips Silver Level contributor

    Can someone with the inventory of parts step up and post a detailed set of instructions, illustrations and pictures of what it takes to use brackets pulleys etc. off a 350 to put on a 455 and what parts are needed to make the swap?
     
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  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  3. Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips Silver Level contributor

    There is a lot of information there but not a lot of pictures or illustrations
     
  4. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    Best I can do right now Mike.:)
     
  5. @LARRY70GS will these frame pads work on a 69 skylark frame for the swap? I was on the TA performance website and they don't have a picture of them. However they are twice as much. Screenshot_20200421-144740_Amazon Shopping.jpg
     
  6. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    TA, OPG, Year One sell reproduction pads that look like these.
    You can get them in aluminum or cast. They fit the existing frame holes. And set the engine to the correct height. Not sure if the ones you posted will orient the same way, or if you will need to drill the frame to fit them. (and if so, getting the holes in the right spot will be a bit of a challenge unless someone laid out a template from the same year/make/model frame.)

    I re-used my alternator bracket from 68 Skylark, and used the '67 Electra Power Steering bracket. I tried the one from my 350, but I did not like it sitting up so high, the 225 bracket leaves it lower and looks much better. But it did work.

    I used a 6 inch crank pully, and 6-1/2 fan pully.

    I'll go take pics.

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  7. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    Sorry, they will not work. You must use the TA Performance or stock frame pads. See the post above. Yes, this is an expensive hobby.
     
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  8. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Hope these help.

    First is frame pad/motor mount.

    Rest show pulleys, belts and brackets.

    (for those wondering, the blue tape on the distributor cap is the "O ring". I leave it off until I get done with oil prime and the several times the distributor is in and out during the build. It makes it easier to put in and take out and less likely to cut or nick it. I tape it there so I don't forget to put it on before firing it up.) :D

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  9. Awesome info thanks! I just ordered the square looking ones with bolts included. @TrunkMonkey so you don't think this bracket will work for the power steering?
     

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  10. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    That is the 1968- 1970 set up, but you are missing two pieces, a front and back bracket.

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  11. I left those attached to the pump. 20200421_173648.jpg
     
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    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  13. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Yes, that's the setup I had. The belt may contact the rib circled, so do a fit check and see. You can file and smooth that rib just to clear, and as long as it is smooth, it should not cause any trouble if the belt whips up against it.
     
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  14. We'll give it hell soon. Literally just had a tornado go by.... in NJ, by the shore. Something is gonna kill me this year, either COVID, this car or a natural disaster lol:eek::eek:
     
  15. Ok so I have a little bit of free time now, I'm trying to put on the big block pads. Do I have to take the whole front suspension to get access in order to line up the bolts? Only bolt I have been able to put on is the driver side to front 20200427_152621.jpg
     
  16. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    Yeah, that's a famously tough job. You aren't the first one to experience it.
     
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  17. Ok. It's fine I wasnt sure if I was going to take all that apart without knowing there was maybe another way. Thanks.
     
  18. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    There probably is. I would wait until others can post. Sort of like that center header bolt, everyone has a trick or shortcut for it.
     
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  19. Will do, I tried a swivel joint but not a swivel socket yet. Either way the weather isn't cooperating, I'll wait and give it a try tomorrow. Btw @LARRY70GS thanks for always helping out.
     
  20. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    My pleasure.
     

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