Progress Report. Basically what's happening is I'm doing the work I can do well, the rest is going to be outsourced. Stuff like some electrical, welding, things like that. Where the welding involves fabrication then I'm tacking it first. Engine is located and installed for fitting purposes, the captive mounts are done. The Commodore sump was replaced with a GM Performance item which comes with a windage tray, a crank scraper is on order. The sump will be modified with kick outs on both sides. To improve engine venting for oil drain down purposes a large crankcase vent will be made and fitted. Oil drain down is a problem with these engines for circuit work so the lubrication arrangements are receiving special attention.
To bring the engine back close to the firewall the clutch MC had to be removed, it will be replaced with a fabricated internal MC, the gearbox fitted nicely in the tunnel but for the gear lever the opening will have to be moved forward a bit. A suitable and fairly long lever is being made up. With one exception the engine fitted in nicely, plenty of clearance for the steering, the car has a S14 front X member and steering. The exception is the alternator which required the left strut tower to be 'modified', see the pic. Mounting the alternator high and to the left meant that there was more room for the headers which are to be made to suit and the mounts, with the engine so far back the strut towers restrict accessory space. The front of the engine is about 100mm forward of the wheel centers which should help F/R weight distribution.
There is plenty of detail work being done but the pictures show the general layout and clearances. More to come, questions and comments welcome.