DRESSING UP BEFORE DROPPING IN
GETTING THE RIGHT ENGINE MOUNTS, BRACKETS, PULLEYS, AND ACCESSORIES HELPS EASE ENGINE INSTALLATION AND ADDS GOOD LOOKS.
Getting the right engine mounts, brackets, pulleys, and accessories helps ease engine installation and adds good looks.
We’re finally getting close to inserting the 528ci Ray Barton Street Hemi between the fenders of our ’65 Coronet project (aka “Cool Blue”). While our 825hp Elephant awaits its final destination, we needed to gather the right goods (engine mounts, brackets, pulleys and accessories) to make for a neat and easy installation. Our recipe will be a mixture of stockappearing and aftermarket parts for its own unique, yet pure and simple appearance.
Yes, we know the Street Hemi was introduced for the 1966 model year, but we wanted folks to know a pump-gas H-EM-I monster like ours can fit under your stock flat, Shaker, or Air Grabber hood. For those keeping score at home, Ma Mopar did make a handful of Street Hemi prototypes in none other than five ’65 Coronets. The ’65 we’re building will be somewhat of a tribute to those five, but it’ll be packing roughly 400 more horsepower, thanks to today’s technology. Plus, we want to surprise some unsuspecting modern muscle machines with our ’60s supercar.
We’re fortunate that in recent years Schumacher Creative Services has been making it possible and less expensive to have a Hemi under the hood of your classic Mopar. Before Mike Schumacher of Schumacher Creative Services (SCS) introduced his engine swap mounts and kits, you had to pay dearly for a Hemi Kmember and engine mounts to perform a Hemi conversion. Most Mopar folks dream of a Hemi car, but prices for a real-deal, pachyderm-powered machine are way out of sight for the average enthusiast. Building a clone or tribute machine (call it whatever you want) to look the part is an affordable way to have that Hemi-powered
A-, B- or E-body monster of your dreams. Thankfully, Schumacher has made Gen 2 and now Gen 3 Hemi conversions and many other engine swaps (Slant 6 to LA to B and RB) a possibility for our vintage Mopar.
Another advancement in recent years is the quality and appearance of reproduction and aftermarket parts. Today’s parts availability makes it an easier proposition to build a stock and/or neat appearing, better handling, braking, performing, and reliable thrill ride. That’s been the plan all along on our project “Cool Blue” ’65 Coronet. Here we’re using a blend of aftermarket and reproduction parts to maintain that traditional appearance.
We feel (we could be wrong) the mixture of Hemi orange, black, and aluminum color (gray) will look cool, yet different and not too far from a stock-appearing Street Hemi, which is the most beautiful engine to begin with.
Through the years we’ve found it easiest to add the accessories to an engine when it’s on the engine stand, rather than in the engine bay. Instead of serpentine, we’ll use a V-belt setup of power steering, alternator, and water pump pulleys and brackets. This V-belt setup has proven reliable for years of abuse on my 493 Wedge-powered, ’67 R/T Mopar magazine test mule. The top side of the Street Hemi will be dressed up with a host of reproduction and aftermarket accessories for form, function, and good looks. For those fortunate folks able to do a Street Hemi conversion, we’ve listed many of the needed parts to save you time from researching and finding the components. Follow along and check out how we outfitted our Street Hemi. In the next few installments we’ll show other preparations to make before dropping it in and buttoning it up.
Here we’re holding the perch portion of the bracket assembly after attaching it to the block portion bracket. The 1/2-inch bolts holding the bracket assembly together need only to be snug until the engine is resting on the K-member. Once the Hemi is resting in the proper position, we can torque the bolts. More on this in the next story.
Our Ray Barton 528 Street Hemi is no different than most crate engines in that it’s missing engine mounts, accessories, brackets, and pulleys, to name a few things. While on an engine stand, it’s easiest to dress it up before you drop it in the engine compartment. Once it’s under the hood, there’s not nearly as much elbow room for wrenching.
These Schumacher Creative Services Hemi engine conversion kit mounts (PN B625H, $259) make it possible to turn your V-8 (LA, Poly, B, or RB) K-member-equipped early B-body (1962 to 1965) into a Hemi-powered monster. The kit includes laser-cut powdercoated brackets, polyurethane spool inserts, Grade 8 bolts, and detailed instructions.
The brackets are marked left and right. The supplied fasteners thread into the crankcase area of the block.Be sure to coat the threads with a quality thread sealant to prevent any oil leaks. Torque the three (three on each side) fasteners 40 to 45 ft-lb.