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I'm going to install the engine in my '50 coupe. The front fenders, grille and core support are all on the car. Can I install the engine with the transmission attached? It has an OD, if that makes any difference.

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The front clip comes off as a whole with 12-14 bolts. Most people remove the front sheet metal for access.

I vaguely remember an old thread where it's possible to leave the clip on but the front end has to be jacked up quite high to stop the transmission from hitting the ground during install.

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Front clip on, transmission removed, 25" Desoto engine (that is two inches longer than the original engine) slipped in fairly easy with no helper. Were the transmission attached I would still be working on it -_- Others have done it with the transmission removed and the hood still on the car but I would not recommend it.

 

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Looks like it will be the engine from above and the trans from below. This will be a good time for the grandson to get some OJT.

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The clearance between the trans tunnel and cross member is just too tight for a engine/trans install...even with the front clip removed.  I have a '51 that needed some grinding on the bottom of the trans and cross member to finally fit. Next time, I'll modify the cross member so it's a bolt in.  Good luck!

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