Hello guys, I'm a noob so I've just put on my Nomex suit to ask you guys some questions about a LS swap into a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe.
I've run this car the last couple of years with the original flathead 6 and three on the tree, but she is getting a little long in the tooth and she looks too good to be this slow. Here is my plan, please pick it apart if you see anything that doesn't jive.
I'm on the hunt for an F-body with the LS/T56 combo because I want to keep this car a manual shift. I plan on trying to find a complete wrecked vehicle so I can use as much as possible including brake booster and MC, AC, wiring, etc. I have more skills than I have money so I'm going to be building the engine/trans mounts using what I can off the original car and either using the original manifolds or fabbing up some headers if the manifolds won't fit. The rear end has already been replaced with an 8.8 from an Exploder with disk brakes and I'm converting to disks on the front while I've got it off the road. The 48 is still a 6 volt positive ground system so I'll be wiring the whole car with the F-body wiring harness headlights to taillights. If it will fit I'll even use the F-body underdash AC/Heater box and all associated parts. Basically I'll have a 48 Plymouthbird or Camaroth.
My main concern at the moment is if it will physically fit between the framerails. These cars are fairly narrow in the front and it has a rear steer setup from factory. I can get a kit that bolts in a mid 80s to 90s cavalier rack and pinion steering setup and that's what I'll probably do anyway but I'm still concerned that the rear steer will try to occupy the same real estate as the oilpan. If it does then I'll have to stub the front end with a Dodge Dakota or S-10 front end.
So what say ye ladies and gentlemen? Any holes in my plans? Thanks in advance.