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Old 11-23-2009, 11:40 PM
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1960 Buick 401 to a T5 Trans

I am looking for advice. I have found what could be a good deal on an original Buick bell housing with flywheel and new pressure plate and new clutch from a 1964 Buick GS to use to attach my T-5 26/27 spline transmission to the 1960 401. Will this bell housing from a 1964 GS work with my 1960 401?

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Does it come with a broom and dustpan to sweep up the broken T5 parts?
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Anything other than a stock 267 to 305 Chevy or 302 Ford will likely splatter a T-5 with a good slip of the clutch and decent right foot pressure on the go pedal.

Even the World Class T-5's aren't too receptive to torque, and you are asking a 401 to make good with a weakling transmission, if it's does last- it won't reliably last for too long.

If the bellhousing bolts onto the engine the transmission should bolt up without problem there, it's when you have the proud moment of getting everything done under it and lowering it for the first time, and starting it that you will be enacting the soon coming death sentence on the little T-5.

I pulled the T-5 from my 1991 S-10 years ago and have an itch to put it into my Malibu, the 151-4 cylinder was the HO Tech-4 putting out 140 whopping HP, the stock 267 in the Malibu has a factory rating of only 120 HP, but the car outweighs the S-10 by almost 1000 pounds, and I'm asking a higher torque rated engine to move a heavier vehicle with something that was designed to run behind a 4 cylinder that had already been replaced because of tearing up the original in the little truck. I have since changed my mind on that transmission as I plan on a possible engine swap later on.
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V-8 T5?

Hi,
The reason I mentioned 26/27 spline is that the T5 I plan to use is from a Camaro with a V8. Also I don't plan to drag race this car...just go for a drive. Do you still think the T5 will have a short life?
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It could last a good while if you drive it like a granny. It won't survive but a few clutch dumps or speed shifts , however, behind your nailhead. There is a reason GM never used them behind anything bigger than a 305, they won't survive for long.
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They aren't rated for much over 225 foot pounds of torque, the WC ones aren't rated for a whole heck of a lot more than the regular ones.
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Listen to these guys. The Buford will eat that poor T-5 for breakfast.
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Also, the 64 parts won't fit the 60 engine. Crankshaft length and flange are different.
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