Good topic.I'm wondering about the use of motor plates for engine mounting compared to normal mounts and other options, pros and cons, etc.
Anyone running them, or have any experience with them?
I really don't plan on changing a thing with the chassis. I figure the "less I mess with things" the "less I can possibly mess things up".John, I don't think changes to motor mounting or location will change chassis certification. As long as you don't start cutting out frame tubes.
I don't use a motor plate, but I am using solid engine mounting. There are so many solid mounting points for my front axle, rear axle, etc. that I have noises and road vibrations transferred to the chassis all the time. I don't really notice them or find them objectionable myself, but if you want your car to ride like an average daily driver I'd go with rubber or poly mounts.
Then that might jive with my point of letting the transmission wiggle. This might be one of those things where you ask 10 people and get 10 answers. Might be (edit) different ways to do it. I'll let Steve chime in, maybe he knows something moreBack in the day.......on the Anglia, we ran front plates and solid mounts on the scattershield but no mount under the Muncie.
Thanks for the advice...... and you are 100% RIGHT...... as much as I am a BIG "traditional style" .... built it like it was back in the days of the "gasser wars" I very well MIGHT like the later-day "gasser/pro mod looks w/o the nose-high straight axle front suspension.Well John thanks for the kind words..............You could however build it as the chassis is now and after running the Opel when you you shut down for the winter switch to the straight axle.
Nothing saying you can't leave it that way if you decide you like it that much. Either way it will be a very cool build.
But the one thing for sure is head on into the build, you have lots to do and the axle can be a the latter part of the build.
As much as most of us won't go with anything but a traditional Straight front Axle I do think is best to go with the Opel mating with the Vega chassis....... I like Steve's plan to get it together as it is, with the chassis tucked in to look correct. Then if you still want a straight axle later it can always be another winter project in the future. Now get out there and get started!