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How big of an engine can I fit in a se6, big block?

Post by danie1999 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:12 pm

I have an se6 that I’m planning on doing an engine swap on, I was thinking small block but having found a cheap ish big block I’m reconsidering. I know it’s gonna take some cutting which I have no problem with, is it possible to make a big block (460) Ford fit?
There’s plenty of room in front of the engine but the steering rack is quite space consuming, can it be mover forward further or lowered so the engine could sit ontop or am I in the realm of fantasy?
I have dabbled in welding but I have a mechanic friend hat I would have weld any imperative structural parts
How easy or hard would this be as it would be for a drag car style, street strip project. Thanks



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Post by mn757 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:00 pm

I had a 6a once with a Rover V8. Rather than cut the bulkhead the previous owner had moved the steering rack towards the front of the car. It completely ruined the steering / handling. I wouldn't recommend moving it as it interferes with the ackermann angle.


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Post by danie1999 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:07 pm

That’s true I don’t think of that, plus I would guess cutting the bulk head would be much much cheaper



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Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:17 pm

Se6 by modern car standards isn't that heavy, but adding a big block would screw up the road handling (no issue on the strip though)


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Post by danie1999 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:19 pm

Yeah I’d have to stiffen up the suspension, mainly conserned about the drag strip and general driving



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Post by BusaPhill » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:32 pm

Wasn't there a Scimitar Dragster in the 80/90s.
Running a Big Block.
Mind you doubt it used the original chassis.

Anything is possible.
What V8 has Mark In his Scimitar.


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Post by Dcrosby13 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:55 pm

or just buy a GAA :P


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Post by Dcrosby13 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:56 pm



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Post by danie1999 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:40 pm

Anyone modified the chassis of a scimitar? Because the big block is a good 6 inches wider than the Essex so I’d need an extra 3” on either side, does this sound doable? Because other than that I’m not worried about moving the firewall back into the cabin



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:05 pm

Ask yourself, no disrespect but do you have the skill set and facilities to make this work.

With planning and money anything is possible but always consider the end result, which in this case , is likely to be a classic car that will be very difficult to sell


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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:18 pm

Perfectly do-able but unless you’re planning to IVA or trailer it everywhere I wouldn’t put too much on a public forum :W


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Post by danie1999 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:17 pm

No disrespect taken that’s the only thing holding me back, but it’s a learning process, I’ve learnt a boat load from owning this car so far.
And that’s very true and hadn’t thought about that tbh lol



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Post by Smiler » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:06 pm

You might be quicker with a lighter smaller modern engine, particularly if you then add a bit of forced induction.
I am currently fitting the all alloy 3.0ltr V6 from a Jaguar S-type into mine. The Noble M12 boys (uses a turbo-charged version of the same basic engine) are getting over 700bhpout of theirs and being lighter than the essex it'll handle a lot better too (stiffer suspension won't cancel out the effects of extra weight when changing direction).


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Post by mark rudder » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:50 am

Just a thought, work out what you want the car to be when finished.
eg, drag car, sleeper, long distance cruiser etc before you start. The
big block might be cheap but will you want the final result? Then work
towards that goal


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