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    Default Drivetrain off centre

    Good evening everyone, I have a 79 pace car build underway. Last week, while my oldest son was off work (coved 19), he built me a set of wooden lift stands. The good news is they work great, the bad news is that I should have built them before.

    When I looked I underneath the car, I noticed the drivetrain is approximately 1 to the passenger side of the car. My question is whether this is normal or not. Does anyone know either way?

    Thanks everyone.

    Patrick

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    I've seen on motor plates they come with a "stock" 3/4" offset or no offset when ordering.

    However, I am interesting in see what people that know way more then me have to say about it.
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    It's pretty common on these stamped out cars that things don't quite line up. These cars were born with all the precision of a five pound sledgehammer. As long as the thrust lines front and rear are the same, it doesn't matter. It's the same on my 86 coupe. Frankly, if it were a little further to the passenger side it'd make header fitment easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedblind View Post
    It's pretty common on these stamped out cars that things don't quite line up. These cars were born with all the precision of a five pound sledgehammer. As long as the thrust lines front and rear are the same, it doesn't matter. It's the same on my 86 coupe. Frankly, if it were a little further to the passenger side it'd make header fitment easier.
    The engine in my 79 is one inch offset also.

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    You may think that welded together stampings is not very accurate, but, they are a lot more accurate than being 1" out of center. The V8 is definitely off center.

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    Here is my engine bay. You can't really tell unless you look at the air motors on the intake snorkels next to the shock towers. I was always suspicious of the offset until I confirmed it with the expansion joints between the intake and the fenders. I couldn't get the passenger side installed without likely bending the snorkel until I put it in boiling water to soften it up.

    Not sure of the idea behind the offset except maybe to give the driver more foot room.
    W

    As always, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you, it's what you think you know that just ain't so."

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    I called my parts supplier, western Motorsports in Calgary, the owner races an 82 GT for fun. He said they are designed to be 1” off Center. I wish I’d have known before I installed my fuel lines.

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    The engines are off set to the passenger side of the car. It gives clearance for the steering shaft.

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