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Old 05-26-2008, 04:45 PM
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5 speed setup for 383

I'm doing a 32 ford with a 383 that makes around 380 hp and 430 ft. lbs. I know I want to put a 5 speed behind it but am trying to decide on the best (affordable) setup. I've seen some used T5 Camaro trannys for sale-- are they strong enough? Should I trust an unrebuilt, used clutch/gears? I was also considering the TKO 500/600... a bit high. Need bellhousing, flywheel, clutch, pressure plate, and linkage too.

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Have you ever driven a 32 Ford ?

This is not a mean spirited question but there is NOT a lot of room in the foot area of a Deuce.





There is NOT a lot of room under the floorboard either for a clutch pedal and linkage. It can be done ... but it takes a LOT of planning and doing and it helps if you have small feet
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No I'm brand new to it, I haven't been able to drive one. Thanks for the photos. I can see what you mean about the work involved in setting up a clutch... it would be easier and cheaper with the automatic. What about a hydraulic clutch, though? I'd really like to go for the stick shift.
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What about a hydraulic clutch, though? I'd really like to go for the stick shift.
The old timey way was to use a early 60's Chevrolet V8 small block truck bellhousing with it's factory hydraulic clutch set up. They use a factory firewall mounted master cylinder/hydraulic clutch cylinder set up.

It actually works very well but I myself do not like the master cylinder/clutch cylinder mounted on the firewall. Just me ... I did it that way years ago but NOW I like a clean looking firewall.

One of our other Moderators here is in the process of building himself a Deuce 3W ... and there is a on going thread with photos, ideas and updates you might find interesting. He is going to use a manual transmission and a hydraulic clutch in his 32

Go here for that thread ... http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/deuc...rs-134313.html



What body style Deuce are you building ( or planning on building ? )
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Yeah, good thread, thanks for the advice!
I'm getting some kit components from RussNomore Streetrods for a 5 window, 3" chop, rumble seat, rear bobbed fenders, no hood. I'll take all the ideas you've got- seats, headers, whatever.
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I'll take all the ideas you've got- seats, headers, whatever.
I have a current 32 Ford 3W project going also ... you might like to viwe my project journal also

Go here ... http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ge=1&reverse=1
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Hey, nice job! That looks outstanding, and the grey primer's not bad at all. What a great photo-log of the work, thanks for posting. Where do you look for similar vintage steering wheels, a bit smaller?
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