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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 – Starting the 396 Big Block

Our team of collector car experts at American Modern have the final pieces in place on the 396 Big block Chevy engine, and are ready to turn the ignition and let those headers roar.

The team starts out by installing their new Hooker Headers onto the 396 big block. The plug wires are organized from longest to shortest to diagnose which wire goes to which spark plug. With the wire looms, you can easily organize and route the plug wires so that they are flush with the engine. The tach, oil pressure gauge, temperature gauge, and ignition are all wired up on the test stand. When you fire up an engine for the first time, you need to make sure it is done correctly to help with the break-in process. To do this, you need to run the engine for 20 minutes at 2,000 RPMs. Idling is not good for the camshaft on the initial start-up on a fresh engine.

396 big block engine

Now that the 396 big block engine has fired up, 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!