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Tim vp

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Hi all, new to this and still working out how to use this site! Sorry in advance!

I’ve got a vp commodore 3.8 that I’m wanting to put my Vs motor in. Replaced the whole wiring loom and all! But just noticed that the engine mounts don’t line up. Do I need to change the K frame? And any other tips you all might have? It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long and now I’ve got the time. Cheers all!
 

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Hmmm interesting, I was told the L67 was a straight bolt in to my VR ute, when I questioned about needing a different K frame. It could just need new mounts?
 

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All VN-VS V6s used the same k-frame and all the Buick/Ecotec V6s use the same mounts. The supercharger will possibly foul on the VP bonnet though.
 

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The mounts can be difficult to align because, in part, of the splayed angle they sit under the motor. I'm not an expert (replaced 1 motor and, at a later time, put in new mounts) but get 1 set in the holes with nuts started and then lever the motor across to get the other holes aligned
 

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Hmmm interesting, I was told the L67 was a straight bolt in to my VR ute, when I questioned about needing a different K frame. It could just need new mounts?
Ok sounds like I need to have a much closer look. Thanks
 

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The mounts can be difficult to align because, in part, of the splayed angle they sit under the motor. I'm not an expert (replaced 1 motor and, at a later time, put in new mounts) but get 1 set in the holes with nuts started and then lever the motor across to get the other holes aligned
Ok thanks mate, I’ll give it a go!
 

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Take the passangers side bracket and mount off the motor slide the engine in Drop the drivers side mount in and put the nuts on loose then couple a turns then drop the passangers side engine mount in the k frame and line up the rear hole first the jack the back of the motor up till the front hole lines up if you have a load leveler it's pretty easy if not jack up the trans from the mount
You don't want to be a hack job like Scott from street machine doing the engine mounts on the carnage vn and beat on them like a cave man all you do it roll the edge of the thread over and wreck a perfectly good engine mount
 

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I've done 2 over the years and a bugger of a job to get aligned,funnily enough the modified/reinforced mounts(for a Charity Rally) were the easiest but we had the throttle body off so we could jack the motor higher.
 

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my most recent experience was putting in new mounts with the engine staying in the car. That was not easy for a whole bunch of reasons.
 

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Take the passangers side bracket and mount off the motor slide the engine in Drop the drivers side mount in and put the nuts on loose then couple a turns then drop the passangers side engine mount in the k frame and line up the rear hole first the jack the back of the motor up till the front hole lines up if you have a load leveler it's pretty easy if not jack up the trans from the mount
You don't want to be a hack job like Scott from street machine doing the engine mounts on the carnage vn and beat on them like a cave man all you do it roll the edge of the thread over and wreck a perfectly good engine mount

Ok thanks!
 
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