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Old 04-04-2011, 11:41 AM
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I'm getting ready to get the car back from paint and have 2 questions (for now) for everyone.

1) Is it possible to get the engine and transmission installed as a unit? I pulled it out as one with the hood off, but also banged the firewall once or twice (oops!). Is it better/easier to install the engine then the trans?


2) What insurance do people have? I got an online quote from Hagarty and American Collectors Insurance. Hagerty was nearly half the price! Anyone have a reason to stay away from one company, or a compeling reason to pick 1 insurance over another?
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:54 PM
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1) I had installed my engine and tranny as one unit carefully and slowly with some padding here and there and had no problems.

2) I have had my '58 Bird insured with JC Taylor Ins for 17 years. I also have on the policy my 1974 Yamaha 500 and my '48 Dodge PT Cruiser. The entire annual premium is $158. I have never had a claim.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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A definate yes. In the manual it recommends pulling the 430 engine with transmission which I did. I then rebuilt my transmission and bolted it to a 390 (same block as a 352) and installed them in 1 hour, There is a trick...turn the wheels to one side or the other as the power steering cylinder mount will touch the bell housing.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:10 PM
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I'm getting ready to get the car back from paint and have 2 questions (for now) for everyone.

2) What insurance do people have? I got an online quote from Hagarty and American Collectors Insurance. Hagerty was nearly half the price! Anyone have a reason to stay away from one company, or a compeling reason to pick 1 insurance over another?
I had Hagerty till I learned from Hagerty that the way I use my cars was not really covered in the policy.

I tend to drive them to a parts store, hardware store, movie theater, etc. They told me, if the car was damaged or stolen while parked or used in that manner that there was no coverage..... They told me, the coverage only extends to use in, to or from an event, cruise or show....

So if the car was damaged or stolen I was out of luck. So I switched to Grundy, costs just a bit more, but it does have coverage for normal use as long as you don't use the car as a daily driver.

I don't treat my cars as garage/trailer queens so garage/trailer queen coverage is useless for me.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:12 PM
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That's what I'm talking about! I was thinking Hagerty until you posted that. I'm planning on driving mine as well. That's probably why they were so much cheaper than the other. I'll have to check out Grundy.
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There is a trick...turn the wheels to one side or the other as the power steering cylinder mount will touch the bell housing.
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1) I had installed my engine and tranny as one unit carefully and slowly with some padding here and there and had no problems.
Great tips guys. I will install my Engine & Tranny on Saturday, and we will try it in one piece
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Keep in mind that the engine and transmission together weigh just short of 1,000 lbs and you need good equipment to lift, tilt and maneuver it. If you're using a floor crane, take some measurements first to insure that your boom is extended far enough to clear the header sheetmetal, but not too far that it stresses the crane. A tilting hoist is necessary also. You can get even more room than turning the wheels by removing the three bolts that hold the idler arm to the right sub-frame, and dropping it almost to the ground. This way, the wheels can be straight and if you have to roll the car for or aft, it is much easier. Don't forget to install the starter.
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of the car and putting it on jack stands will will help with the install. Get a floor jack on the trans tail and just slowly guide it in. we set ours in with the backhoe, and as you can see in the pic it's much easier with the front clip off. I've been happy with State Farm. I can set the value where I like (with in reason) and I'm gone in the winter and can put the cars to sleep and just have theft & fire when I leave for the winter. The rate's are very reasonable. I have 5000 mile IIRC limit on each car and four cars, so it works out fine that way. Also cheaper because I have my homeowners with the same company. Mike


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Old 04-05-2011, 01:49 AM
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Keep in mind that the engine and transmission together weigh just short of 1,000 lbs and you need good equipment to lift, tilt and maneuver it. If you're using a floor crane, take some measurements first to insure that your boom is extended far enough to clear the header sheetmetal, but not too far that it stresses the crane. A tilting hoist is necessary also. You can get even more room than turning the wheels by removing the three bolts that hold the idler arm to the right sub-frame, and dropping it almost to the ground. This way, the wheels can be straight and if you have to roll the car for or aft, it is much easier. Don't forget to install the starter.
Carl
Thanx for that Carl...I should have mentioned I used an overhead chain hoist on a 4X6. Yes it is just over 1000lbs.
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Do your self a favor and purchase one of these tools....

It is the only way to drop a motor back in.... to change the tilt of motor just use a wrench and you are at the angle you need....

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