i have just started this car, it is a 63 nova wagon. what kind of mods do i need to make for a v-8. does this car need a front sump? i think i am going to use a 1958 348c.i. in it, is this to big? of course i have a couple of small blocks. thanks bonnie jim
I am just starting a 63 longroof. Well, not just starting, I am also working on my 72, so little gets done to the 63. Just collecting parts at present.
A small block will fit (it's in my plans) with little or no mods. Bigger engines can be installed, but more modification is needed. The 348 would be an unusual swap, but probably anything could be put in there with enough work. An aftermarket front clip would make it easier. With stock front end, the rear steering pretty much dictates a front sump. Chevy20nly, among others, has complete swap kits (http://www.chevy2only.com/).
There's more than the oil pan...
If it was a six cylinder you'll need V-8 frame horns... what ever you call the mount between the engine motor mount and the frame.
You'll also have to come up with some kind of oil dipstick if you don't end up with a stock pan. Dipsticks on early Nova's went straight into the oil pan on the side.
It seem like there was somrthing else that made the swap not so easy...
I would probably avoid the '58 348 swap myself. The small cube "W" head engines got a bit of a bad rep. Parts for the modern 350 will be much easier to find, and will most likely be much friendlier to the budget. A "W" head would be unique, but, will it be worth the trouble?