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Projects Long bell 331 in a model a coupe?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by PeteMattersen, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. Has anyone here had experience with putting a long belled block 331 hemi in a model a coupe here? I have the chance to buy one for my coupe project but am concerned the bellhousing is going to interfere with an already cramped footwell. Anybody been through this before?
    thanks in advance
  2. hotrod.heaven
    Joined: Jan 23, 2013
    Posts: 18


    get out the tape measure, have your transplant motor sitting there so you can always check dimensions and go for it.
  3. Thats the plan anyway, Just wondering if anyone had fought this battle and learned a
    lesson. The car is going to be chopped and channeled so it will not have extra space.
  4. barett
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 466

    from Taylor TX

    I was once following a build on here with this setup... Had a Muncie behind it I believe.... I lost the thread though... This cat was super talented, flushed the doors, deuce header, cowl vent . Think he was even putting some contour on the bottom of the body. Someone is bound to know what thread I'm thinking of...
    Anyways if you could find it, it would be helpful.

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  5. fatkoop
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 712


    I built a '29 sedan with a long bell 331 in the early '60's. A lot of the lower firewall has to go, and many of these were built back in the day, but with a chopped and channeled A coupe, and a long bell Hemi, I hope you are a very flexible guy.
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  6. supervert
    Joined: Mar 8, 2009
    Posts: 433


    A belhousing is a belhousing. Does it matter if it's attached the engine or the trans.
    I have one sitting in my 28 dodge and I don't thing it's much larger that one that is attached to the trans.
  7. OR. have the block machined down to the short bell housing dims.
    Joined: Sep 27, 2008
    Posts: 83
    from USA

    I put a 1952 331 HEMI into a chopped and channel 33 Plymouth sedan, but had to go with Hot Heads of NC auto trans (727) adapter, did not have any issues.
  9. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,655


    ...for the cost of the machine time you could buy a later block...

  10. peter schmidt
    Joined: Aug 26, 2007
    Posts: 660

    peter schmidt
    from maryland

    I have a 331 with an adapter for a early v8 idk how well its going to hold up but it's a pretty small trans that will free up some floor space. I wish I knew how well it fit in the car with the body on but I'm still undecided between that and my 8ba flathead so I haven't started mockup yet. Make sure to post pics when you get started

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