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Big block Caddy 472 in a 60 el camino?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jim Beam, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Jim Beam
    Joined: Sep 7, 2006
    Posts: 269

    Jim Beam
    from St. George

    I picked up a 1960 el camino a few months ago and it came with a 472 and turbo 400, anybody have any experience with this swap? I am wondering if i can shoe horn it in there, its a factory equipped ac car but has a newer model small block in it now. Im not concerned if i have to cut up the floor (it hardly has one) and im familiar with some of the faults of this type of chassis so i will be reinforcing it also.
  2. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,240

    from Michigan

    I'll give ya a bump.......;)
  3. sewman
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 248

    from Toledo,Oh

  4. rat nasty
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 683

    rat nasty

    i have had numerus 472's great motors! you will need a later eldorado oil pan/pick up for the rear sump...the valve trains are junk for performance stand point if you are looking for cheap fun you will deff get that! if you need something caddy related call Marty at MTS hes a great guy to deal with! ebay had a guy that sold stainless shorty headers that worked great for cheap also!

  5. DRD57
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,852


    Check with Mike Abssy at Schrader's Speed & Style in Azusa, CA. He put a 500 Caddy in a 60 or 61 Impala about ten years ago.

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  6. Mad amount of torque! had a 78' camaro that came with a 472 and good thing the guy swapped in a 9" with the caddy motor. it was done way back and had N50's on back with 10" American racing "daisy spokes"!
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,907


    Outside of the front sump pan needing to be changed for an Eldorado pan an pickup the big issue might be clearance between the exhaust and the upper A frames.

    The turbo 400 trans might be a tight fit under the floor hump and at the x in the frame but you can swap the long tail shaft for a short tailshaft and probably fix that.
    I don't think firewall clearance will be an issue and with the front mount distributor working on the distributor is easier.
  8. knotheads
    Joined: Jan 4, 2007
    Posts: 498


    there is a guy in Paramount Ca. named Baker he is an old racer and Cadillac fanatic, he puts Cad in everything . he runs a 1965 El Camino with a 500 inch cad motor. so i dont think a 1959 El Camino would be a problem! the shop name is Baker Automotive .
  9. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,383


    :):):)YES! I have done this swap.. and a few like it... How about in a 66 Elk? or a 65 chevy truck? Yes, I have done them... Look at my Photo Album "about me" and you will see that I worked for the late "Tommy Baker" in 1976 - 77...:):):)
  10. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,383


    In most cases you will need the early Eldo oil pan & pickup tube... Rear sump you know...
  11. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,383


    The 472 - 500 Cad takes up roughly the same room as a Rat Motor does, and is no heavier... & no firewall/dist issues...
  12. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,962

    from Burton, MI

    Is this El Camino out of Michigan by chance? Have a friend who did one a bit ago. He sold it and lost track.
  13. jabberwoki
    Joined: Feb 10, 2011
    Posts: 127

    from puyallup

    #2 on Marty at MTS great bloke very helpfull.

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