Still waiting for my new adapter plate to show up. Meanwhile, I've been busy trying to get ready. I fabricated the basis of a mount for the motor. I had a 3 inch wide, 10 inch diameter band of 1/4 inch steel rolled at a local shop and then I welded on two flanges and drilled some holes for two grade 10, 10mm bolts. I'll paint it up once the rest of the mount if fabricated and before I make the final install.
I suspect that by the time I'm done, I'll be cutting off the flanges and starting over again with a better eye to the proper angle needed. But this might just work.
I am however, wondering how best to mount the motor in the engine compartment. You can see here the two motor mount bolt points on the frame.
Annoyingly they are off set from each other. I think one is about an inch or two further front than the other. Nothing that can't be overcome, but it just complicates things a bit.
So the question in my mind now is should I bolt right to these frame mounts, or use the original motor mounts and bolt to them? I really don't know which is better. I've seen pictures of builds where the original mounts were used and others where it was bolted right to the frame.
I suspect torque will be an issue, but I'm guessing I'll burn out the standard clutch in this rig before I twist a motor mount off... but only experience will really decide. I asked at a local parts store and learned that the standard clutch is the only one they can get. They suggested I try some of the online performace sites to see if I can find something there.
If I bolt right to the frame I can use the motor mount brackets shown above to bolt to the frame and just weld to that bracket.
Or I could use the motor mount shown above (this is the original and is not usable because it was broken when I bought the rig) for some bit of dampening. Is that really a benefit or necessary?
I've got a month or more to figure this out... and find replacement motor mounts if I decide to go that way. That might not be easy because new parts for a rig this old seem to be difficult to come by. Apparently, I got the very last transmission mount left in the inventory... least that is what the NAPA parts counter dude told me.
I actually spent a few hours this morning while the sun was out and before it started to rain, out in the driveway, under this rig with three cans of brake cleaner and a toothbrush cleaning the transmission tunnel and the engine compartment of oil buildup. It looks a lot cleaner than these pics show... I also cleaned up all the rust around the old battery tray and spray painted the area around it with blue spray paint, that almost matches. :-) That was probably my last chance to do that before our first snow which is rumored to be later this week. Oh joy...
Any thoughts about the best way to mount the motor on this rig?