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Old 10-18-2006, 08:47 PM
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OK guys...I searched but found nothing. so who knows what bellhouseing the little 1.6L Chevy Chevette motor have....is it the 90 degree V6 or the crappy 60 degree?

I want to be able to transplant a V6 into it without changeing my T-5 out....OR I might be able to just change the bellhouseing? anyone have any input? I'm up for any ideas because its still in the planning stage right now.

but bottom line is that I want a chevette that has quite a bit of kick to it, I'd love a 350 but I'm sure thats too much motor to put into that kinda car and it still be a daily driver.

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Old 10-18-2006, 09:32 PM
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If you go with a 350, you will need a stronger tranny than that T-5.............not to mention the rear end.

I would imagine that the 4 cyl has the same bolt pattern as the 60 degree V6.............Dont quote me on it though.

As for the v6s, you can take the parts from a 3.1 and put them in the 2.8 block..........would pep it up quite a bit.
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ok but the T-5 has a removable bellhouseing right? So say someone who hates 60 degree 6s could take a bellhouseing with the SBC pattern on it and have to choice of any of the 60 degree V6s.

Also I know that the T-5 is a soft tranny but it should hold up to a 3.1, 3.8 or 4.3 right? and I'v jerked the car around quite a bit with the suped up 1.6 in it but as of yet no troubles out of the axle....so im gonna try to use it but if it goes I think I can scrounge up a S-10 axle to slap back in consitering that the 2WD axle is only 1/2in shorter.
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I guess that can be done, if your SB bell ill fit the T-5.....or you can redrill it . Another area to worry about would be the clutch.....Will the pilot shaft of the tranny fit in the pilot bushing etc.............Some things to check when you get it out. I would try to get the whole unit together out of the car before trying to install it.
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yeah this is still all in the planing stage.....but didn't they use the T-5 in the SS 350 powered Camaros? Also what exactly is the differences in the 60 degree bellhousing and the SBC bellhousing? And what are the ways to tell them apart?

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There are vast differences in T-5s. The ones made for fours generally have a steeper first gear and won't take a lot of torque load. Ones made for V-8s will have a bit less first gear, and take 300+ lb/ft or torque. Check Mustang sites for T-5 ratings. V-6 models won't stand up behind V-8s.

Remember that the Chevette is a small, light car. A 2.8L 60 degree V-6 will make that thing move and it will still handle okay. With a much heavier SBC it will plow in the curves. For a drag car rarely street driven a V-8 might be fine, but reconsider for a street car. Nothing wrong with the 60 degree V-6s, except they were used in cars that were pretty big for them. I wouldn't havea Jeep Cherokee with the 2.8L V-6, but a Chevette would be downright fun! Chevy tested such a setup, and it would roast the tire right off the wheels. With light weight, you don't need gobs of power. In fact, you will have a lot of traction problems with a V-8. Even a 2.5L four will increase power significantly over the 1.6L the Chevette came with. I can't think of a better use for a 2.8L V-6 w/small 4V carb! Much better than an S-10 or Cherokee for sure!!
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A local guy has a Chevette he brings to car shows. He's owned it for years.

It runs a blown big block with full roll cage, and tubbed.

You can hear it comeing down the street for 1/2 mile away.

I heard last weekend he put the car into a ditch.
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Alright I think I have it figured out.....the 1.6 has the small bellhouseing, and most buick 90 degree V6s have the same small bolt pattern bellhouseing. so I could reasonably transplant a EFI FWD or RWD buick motor into a chevette.....mmmm this might get interesting.....I'll try to keep it updated
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My mom had a chevette and it did not have a removable bellhousing,I cant remember if it was a 4 or a 5 speed but I hated putting clutches in it. Jeff
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A local guy has a Chevette he brings to car shows. He's owned it for years.

It runs a blown big block with full roll cage, and tubbed.

You can hear it comeing down the street for 1/2 mile away.

I heard last weekend he put the car into a ditch.
Is/was that chevette bright red with multi colored graphics down the side and all engine/rear tires?

If its the same one, I have seen it several times in Springfield, MO at the street machine nationals. It gathered a lot of attention!
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350's are awsome in chevettes! Guy I know had one when he was in grade 12. Did the swap himself. Not sure what tranny he had but he didn't have a problem lighting up the tires or torquin around town. Don't remember him ever going through a transmission either.
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Is/was that chevette bright red with multi colored graphics down the side and all engine/rear tires?

If its the same one, I have seen it several times in Springfield, MO at the street machine nationals. It gathered a lot of attention!

Yes it was.

It always garthered a crowd. I hated parking next to it. Someone might scratch my car trying to get a look at this Chevette.
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