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    question is this. I found a used rail kit for a chevy . thing is the rail kit came out of a boat that had 22 in rails and I have 23.5 in rails. is that not gonna work or can it me modded to work?

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    Few things bolt right in you may have to drill some new holes. edit, are you talking length or width???
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcsteck View Post
    question is this. I found a used rail kit for a chevy . thing is the rail kit came out of a boat that had 22 in rails and I have 23.5 in rails. is that not gonna work or can it me modded to work?

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    Are you talking about the length or width?

    I am guessing you are talking about the motorplates being an 1-1/2 narrower, you are pretty much out of luck and you will have to make new motor plates. Probably cost $250 to make new wider plates off your old plates.

    If you don't care how it looks, you can probably get away with making wider mounting blocks as the plates would still sit on the rails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Few things bolt right in you may have to drill some new holes. edit, are you talking length or width???
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    width ..kit is out of a boat with 22 width and mine is 23.5 between the stringers

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcsteck View Post
    width ..kit is out of a boat with 22 width and mine is 23.5 between the stringers

    Yep.

    Depends on how you want it to look.

    It could be made to work.
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    so what would one do? get rails that are 3/4 inch wider on each side or somethin. or add padds where moror plate is gonna sit and install or weld wider pad right there or somethin?

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    look for some wider plates. ther are alot of used ones out there. where are you located at?
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    im in Fremont,CA. which plates you talkin about the motor plates or wider rails that go on the stringers? Im only off about 1.5 inches off so if I could get angle iron rails that were 3/4 inch or so wider it could work.dont ya think?

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    how wide are the rails that you have?
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    I would probably stay away from wider rails. I would think that you would want to keep all that weight as close to the stringers as possible.

    Just get some wider plates!!!

    Good luck!
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    yeh yeh get some wider engine mount plates..stay away from the rail kit that is 22 when I need 23.5...was just tryin to get a deal and make it work instead of spendin $500-800$ I need a rail kit or Hardin motor mount front & rear plates with feet,454 engine,oil pan,etc..gonna cost alot to change over from the olds to the chevy and was tryin to get as many deals as poss.

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    Thanks for the help guys.

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    if any of ya hear of a used Rail kit or Hardin,Guardian kit that will work for me let me know. Im trying not to shell out for brand new if poss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcsteck View Post
    if any of ya hear of a used Rail kit or Hardin,Guardian kit that will work for me let me know. Im trying not to shell out for brand new if poss.

    Casey
    Can you not get some aluminum plate to make new plates, and use the old plates as a template, and just make the mounting tabs a little longer? Do you have a jigsaw and a router? They wouldn't be too difficult to make, especially since you have motor plates already, that you can use as a template.

    Just a thought, since you're trying to save money. The more pieces you can make yourself, the more money you will save.

    Good luck!
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