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Installing a Big Block into a 49 Chev

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by prnoddl, May 26, 2012.

  1. prnoddl
    Joined: Mar 29, 2008
    Posts: 5

    from wi

    What problems can I expect installing a Big Block w/T56 trans. into a 49 Chev Fleetliner. Suspension change and moving brake cyl. already considered.Has anyone done this combination?
  2. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    you will probably have to do a MII front or a subframe swap and of course a new rearend. I have been looking at the same and no way to get around the steering box that I can see and due to the width of the motor the block or exhaust will hit. if you are going with a bigblock, you will want better brakes, so figure an update to dual master cylinder set up.
  3. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    Do an intro, dude. Momma taught me not to talk to strangers.

    Big block install will be tricky. You're gonna have to rethink the steering, inner front fenders, exhaust, rad/fan, core support, tranny crossmember... It's already pretty tight in there with a smallblock.

    Now be a good little boy and write your intro.

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