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The Build – Bolting the engine to the frame

The 396 Big Block is mounted to the engine stand. Now it’s all about fine-tuning and tweaking. Watch as the team attaches a chain around the engine to hoist it up, unbolt it from the stand, and drop it back down into the engine bay of the 1965 Chevy Malibu SS:

As they are getting ready to drop the engine in place, the team hits a tiny speed bump. The Hooker headers are a tight squeeze, so they were removed before dropping the engine down onto the frame.

65 Malibu Hooker headers

Also, as it is right now, the alternator would hit the bracket for the rack-and-pinion system that they have in place, so they will need to remove the alternator, do a little fabrication to the brackets and re-install it a little higher after the engine is in place.

65 Malibu alternator

Now that the motor is bolted in, with two bolts to the motor mounts, Paul Naber and the team will need to remove the bell housing so they can install the clutch. They will then put the bell housing back on and bolt the transmission up with the cross-member to place the engine where it needs to be.

65 Malibu transmission

As they prepare to install the Muncie transmission and attach it to the bell housing, the clutch is in place so the only thing left is setting it in and putting the bolts in. The driveshaft is lined up and put in place. Getting ready to move the rolling chassis onto the lift to re-install and fit the headers, and then do a little work on the alternator.

65 Malibu engine block

Now that the 396 big block engine has been bolted back onto the frame, watch as The Build team continues to put back together the 1965 Chevy Malibu restomod. Make it a priority to watch the other episodes on our YouTube channel, and follow the progress of our collector vehicle on our Facebook page too!

The Build – Installing a Distributor into a 396 Big Block

Are you in the midst of installing a distributor into a big block Chevy engine? The team at American Modern currently has the 396 big block bolted up and almost ready to turn over. Watch the episode now:

Rick Drewry and the American Modern team begin by turning the crankshaft in order to get the engine to Top Dead Center (TDC). Initially, the block will be set to 10 degrees advanced when they install the distributor. Rick uses the oil prime tool to spin the oil pump shaft and get the oil flowing.

The team chose to go with an HEI setup for the distributor, which includes an electronic ignition with a coil pack mounted on the distributor. It is one of the easiest and most popular distributors to use on older GM V8 engines. With the engine set to 10 degrees advanced of Top Dead Center, they line up the rotor button so it is pointing at the #1 cylinder.

HEI distributor setup

If you find that there’s a gap between the distributor and the engine block, here’s the solution on how to make it flush:

1.   You can detach the distributor and turn the oil pump shaft a bit until it falls into place and locks in flush with the block.

2.   Or, you can rotate the engine until it drops completely into place. With the rotor button in place, the electrode is pointing at the #1 cylinder. Now you can install the distributor cap and align the distributor so the rotor button is touching the #1 cylinder contact on the cap.

You need to gap your spark plugs to 40 thousands before you install them into the engine block.

spark plug

Meticulously we continue to restore the 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS classic car on The Build. Be sure to stay up with The Build on our YouTube Channel, to see what else is restored. Also, continue to follow along with the collector vehicle on our Facebook page.

The Build – Assembling a 396 Big Block – Part 2

In the previous episode, you watched the team start the big block Chevy assembly process. Paul Naber, Collector Car Claims Adjuster at American Modern Insurance Group, explains that they have cut down the metal fuel line to the proper length so that it will run from the mechanical fuel pump to the carburetor. Watch as the team is one step closer to getting the 396 big block fired up and running:

Rick Drewry, Sr. Collector Car Claims Specialist at American Modern, proceeds to put the crank pulley on, where a single belt will connect the alternator single groove crank pulley  to the alternator. Next in line is the valve covers that were voted on by  our Facebook followers on our Collector Car Facebook page.

Baldwin Motion Style valve covers

Paul proceeds to add an engine break-in additive to the oil. When you start your engine for the first time after it is rebuilt, the break-in additive will help prevent excessive wear to all of the engine internals.

The next phase of assembling for our 396 big block Chevy is installing the thermostat,  and thermostat housing. This thermostat housing  comes with an o-ring on the bottom for sealing instead of a gasket.

The engine is set to top dead center, the distributor is then dropped in with the rotor button pointing to the number one cylinder. Once the engine fires up, you can adjust the timing to get it exactly where you want it. Moving the big block over to the break-in stand, the flywheel is installed so that  the starter can engage with the flywheel to turn the engine  over.

Be sure to keep up with all of the updates on The Build, as the 1965 Chevy Malibu SS continues to make big steps to become the car she is today. Stay tuned with Ami G. by joining our mailing list and Liking us on Facebook. You can also find a full list of The Build episodes by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

 

The Build – Assembling A 396 Big Block Chevy

Have you been wanting to see the final assembly of a Chevy big block engine before it goes into a car?  You’re in luck. At American Modern, we have a 1965 Malibu SS 396 big block Chevy in its final stages of assembly. Watch it now:

Senior Collector Car Claims Specialist of American Modern Insurance Group, and host of  The Build, Rick Drewry, will install and seal the intake plugs to prevent leakage. With the gaskets in place, the team will be installing the water pump, oil filter mount and  oil filter onto the engine block of the ’65 Chevelle.

Rick points out that before you are going to put the fuel pump onto the block, you should make sure that the fuel pump push rod is up and out of the way, so you can avoid any problems with installation. Using a low mount alternator bracket, the alternator is mounted on the left hand side of the engine block.  Once your street avenger carburetor is placed, you can begin to line up your fuel lines. The high-torque mini starter is bolted up and ready to crank over the newly crafted, freshly restored Chevy big block engine.

396 big block Chevy engine

If you’ve been staying up to date with The Build, you probably know, the 1965 Chevy Malibu SS, named Ami G., has made huge strides to become the restomod she is today. Join our mailing list so you can stay current with all of her updates. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Like us on Facebook to get the complete list of episodes of The Build.