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ORU fabricated this engine plate to mount the 8.1L lower and farther back in the chassis than stock for better weight distribution. When installed in our pre-runner the top of the 8.1L will sit beneath the level of the driver's thigh for a snake-belly-low center of gravity. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that GM hasn't changed the traditional Chevy 90-degree V-8 bellhousing pattern on its new Vortec engines. That meant we could bolt up the 8.1L to a JET-prepped TH400 and stall converter instead of the Allison 1000 or 4L80E that the factory uses.