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Big Block in a '63

I want to put a 402 big block in my 63. anyone that can give me tips or their experiences doing this it would be greatly appreciated. donor motor is a 70 model and I have a m20 muncie for a tranny.
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Take lots of measurements and be prepared to fabricate custom mounts or buy the BB mounts and put them in. You may have to modify the trans tunnel a bit and that's it really. Everything else should fit in nicely
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Was it a small block car to begin with? If it was, the mounts will work, trans cross member will be in the right location. Drive shaft might need to be redone. Lots of parts available for your swap, get a nice rad so you don't have to worry about over heating.

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It is actually a very easy swap. The biggest problem is exhaust and I went with Hooker Headers and custom made pipes.

Let me know if you need any details on it.

I put a 396 in a '62 back in '74.

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Ya this is a cake walk for you, it will bolt right in and find a set of Hooker headers like stated above, one tube will wrap around the outside of the frame so that is why the come with a tube loose. I too did a swap in the early 70's a 396 into a 1960 sedan delivery with a glide. The biggest problem you will have is keeping a driveshaft center support bearing in the car, the big block tends to wreak havoc on them.

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If it's a small block powerglide car, simple. Everything lines up. Even the driveshaft should be the same. Did the same thing with my 61. Went from a 350/powerglide to a 454/M20 4 speed. Assuming you have an auto trans, once the pedals are in, weld the Z-bar for the clutch linkage, and your set. Headers are the easy solution. I didn't like the Hooker Header setup, so I went with Sanderson Block Huggers. They fit great, stay inside the frame rails, and work with both 605 power steering and manual clutch linkage.
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Looks good. Those Sanderson's look good too. They weren't available when I switched mine back in the mid 70's. We would also use the Powerglide Driveshaft in our 4-Speed swaps, but the Factory Specs are different. Some people say it shouldn't have worked, but we never had any problems. Check it close to be sure.

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Finished mine a couple of months ago (63 Bel Air), replaced the 283 with a 454 retained the original powerglide dropped straight in on original mounts, replaced the kickdown linkage and throttle linkage with a cable setup and used Hedman Hedders bolted straight up no dramas and this is a RHD model. Really woke the old girl up.
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Finished mine a couple of months ago (63 Bel Air), replaced the 283 with a 454 retained the original powerglide dropped straight in on original mounts, replaced the kickdown linkage and throttle linkage with a cable setup and used Hedman Hedders bolted straight up no dramas and this is a RHD model. Really woke the old girl up.
Your mention of RHD caught my eye. I see you're in Australia, so it makes sense. But I was wondering, is your car branded a Chevrolet? Or a Holden? Just curious...

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Yes it is a Chevrolet sold through a local GMH ( General Motors Holden ) dealer back in 63, which would only be an hours drive from where it lives now. I am the 4th owner, I will post some pics when I figure out how!
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thankyou for the welcome donmateo lets see how I go with the pics. cheers Russell
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Pics of Big Block in 63 Belair

Badged as 427 but it is a 454.
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More pics

Still running Powerglide and standard diff ratio is 3.55. Sorry about the size of the pics!
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