Looking good! And yep I see the reason for notching the towers. LOL
Welll...I tried it out, lol.
Thankfully, before I started welding things up, I decided to go ahead and drop a spare 302 block in using the factory motor mounts...so I could put my heads on and see what was what.
The lowest chalk line, is the level of the control arm mounts. I'm thinking that there's no way my headers will be fitting in there...but I'm still going to drop them in there if possible, and see. It might be that lowering them 1.5" or whatever it is, and losing that much more shock tower...will make some difference.
Yeah...going to have to run the Wilwood compact master cylinder I think.
The camera is sitting on the inner fender here, and the tailshaft of the transmission still needs to come up about 1" or so. What I'll probably do instead however, is leave the transmission where it is (weld tabs to my crossmember), and lower the motor with the plates when I lose the motor mounts. The only reason I'm mocking it up with the factory mounts at all is to get a baseline position.
About 5" to the center of the hood. From the top of the intake as/is, I need 3" in throttle bodies, and probably a 5" air filter as pictured above. Yeah, I think this thing is going to be getting a scoop...lol.
Here you see the T5 setup. The crossmember is simply a slotted C4 unit, with the C4 mount bushing. I've never had to weld tabs to it to make it work like I hear others do (this is my third conversion). When I do them for my cars, I slot them the entire length...just in case the motor needs to slide forward, then back when getting the headers to fit (the bolts are just loosely in there when I'm installing headers). Like I said above, I'll probably leave this one dropped an even inch from the factory location. That'll put the shifter base just below the tunnel, and let me drop the motor a bit as well.
I dunno...I've never seen a big block in one of these cars in person...but with those heads, intake, and valve covers...this thing doesn't look like any small block I've ever seen, lol. Can't wait to get it in there permanently!
Anyhow...I'm currently researching my options on methods to ditch the factory upper a-arms, just in case lowering them won't work. I was initially leaning towards a Mustang II setup...but I talked to another friend with a 67 Cougar, and he used the AJE k-member with coil over struts. The way I figure it...If I want to go to the Mustang II at a later date, I still can. Wheras, if I decide I want struts after doing the Mustang II...that'll be a bit harder lol. Plus I hear that Cal Tracs like some front end travel, and the struts give something like 5.5" versus something less than that for the Mustang II.
Guess we'll see when the time comes