The parts pile has grown:
Theres really not much left to remove at this point:
So, one of the things i would like to run, is the OEM oil cooler. Thus far i have been using a remote mount unit with a smaller filter due to a lack of free space. So before i pull the block out, i decided to see what it would take to get it to fit.
So this is the '95+ oil cooler. Water cooled. It fits in pretty tight against the block, and intersects the lower radiator hose.
This is pretty much the orientation when installed on the motor. The oil filter ends up sticking out forward, under the belt drive, where its pretty easy to access
On the right is the OEM oil filter stud, if the filter is threaded directly onto the block. On the left is the bolt & adapter if youre running the OEM oil cooler:
Warning: this next pic is pretty terrible.
The big block oil cooler will not clear the small block engine crossmember, altho we already knew that. The question is, what do we have to do to make it fit?
Unfortunately, it looks like this entire section will have to be removed:
In the long run, i feel running the oil cooler would be the best solution, so once the block is out, im going to clean the frame, and see what i can do, to make this work. Stay tuned!