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How much should I remove? I have the radiator out, and it looks like I will need to remove the sheet metal stampings in front of radiator too. The hood will need to come off too, for hoist clearance. Anything else in the way?
 

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Just the hood and radiator...! plenty of room..
 

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Whats the plans on it....? curious minds...anim_63
 

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Leave the bellhousing attached to the crossmember. just unbolt it from the engine. Remove fan and pulley. Actually the 292 isn't any longer than the 250 or 230. its a taller deck engine. notice how much larger the metal side covers are than those on a 250.
 

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Leave the bellhousing attached to the crossmember. just unbolt it from the engine. Remove fan and pulley. Actually the 292 isn't any longer than the 250 or 230. its a taller deck engine. notice how much larger the metal side covers are than those on a 250.
I have the six bolts removed that clamp the bell housing to the block. Long ago, I pulled a 307 out of a 68 GMC and dropped in a 327. Those V8 engines are shorter front to back, which is my only experience.
 

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Whats the plans on it....? curious minds...anim_63
This 292 is mixing oil with coolant in generous quantities. Bad sounds too. I have a 1977 292, which you can see a piece of at the right side of the photo. I will be installing that engine. Due to the model year, it has an HEI distributor.
 

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That newer engine will also have hardened valves and be compatable with unleaded fuel. I use several six cyl engines. Those 292,s will really pull. the only drawback is they like fuel. My wife owns a 66 3/4 ton with a 292. Her daddy bought it new in December of 1965. it has 456 gears. She ouit driving it when fuel got to $4 a gallon. . I use a lot of the 250,s . We are thinking of swapping in a 250 and getting taller gears.
 

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Thanks for the info on the hardened valve seats. This is a half ton truck with 3.73 gears. I won’t be driving it a lot; it will be stored during winter to keep it away from Minnesota road salt.
 

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The road salt has claimed a lot of sheet metal. My wife's Father lived in Rockford when he bought her truck new. And it has a poor heater. the cold air is taken from the cowl and the little heater core simply isn't big enough to heat extremely cold air. Her Father didn't handle cold very well. So he did not drive the chevy during the winter. And that saved to truck. It has very little rust.
 
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