Hot rod won't make it to Autorama. So my buddy Jewski has been building a '57 flathead Ford block with the goal of dropping it into his '31 Ford pickup. He's had the block rebuilt and polished, all new aluminum heads, intake, crank, cam, lifters and springs and valves and everything inside. New oil sump, new distributer, new non-oiled sealed bearing water pumps, new everything. Every part balanced, assembled, dyno-tested and rebalanced. He's spent the last few weekends reassembling all the little details. Today, we spent the whole day yanking out the 287 Chevy small block and Turbo 350 tranny, and then mounting the tranny to the Ford block with a shiny new aluminum adapter plate. And then... we try fitting it all into the engine bay. NO DEAL. We have just under 3 inches of interference. Where the new engine mounts need to be bolted/welded, is his front suspension. Where his tranny needs to go back, is the firewall. Not even the block will clear the firewall, let alone the heads, rear oil pressure sender or most of the wiring. We're absolutely screwed. So he's already paid all his registration fees and stuff to enter his car, long ago, and we'll end up camping out on recliners in that space, and play poker all day and night. Defeat sucks. The new battle plan, is to remove the cab and assemble the engine and tranny where they need to be to clear the front suspension. Then we chop the whole firewall off. Then we spent the tedious time of custom-creating a new firewall and tranny hump to clear the engine and tranny. Then, maybe then, he'll still be able to fit inside the cab of his already chopped and shrunken cab. Ain't never did this much custom work on a hot rod, and truth is, it's gonna be fun. But we're still defeated for Autorama.