With the chop & channel completed its time to begin mock up of the engine & transmission.
Since the engine will be in & out of the truck a number of times while the motor mounts are sorted, Fullerton Fabrication mocked up my junk Oldsmobile 371 motor as a placeholder for the Rocket 303 I'm in the process of restoring (no sense banging the final engine up). With the intake manifold & carbs in place we not only get a feel for the engine height & overall aesthetics but also identify any unforeseen problems.
Compared to small block Chevys & Ford Flatheads people normally use in this style of truck the thing that's immediately apparent is that the Olds Rocket is a BIG engine. So big in fact that only two of the four carbs fit under the cowl & the steering column is intersecting the engine's heads. Though we weren't anticipating these minor hurdles Rudy already has a backup plan & he's beginning to make the necessary modifications.
All said and done it looks really great in my humble opinion. I like the way the Rocket completely fills the engine bay & the choice of four two-barrel carbs on top should make quite a statement.