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Old 02-15-2006, 07:42 PM
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Help me with a manual trans...

I currently have a 78 camaro that I am rodding out, I already have a SBC 400 ci and I was looking at 5 speeds and I was given notice to the TKO Tremec overdrive trannies.
I think they sound great, at first I was wanting a richmond 5 speed but I was steered in the other direction, which do you feel is better first of all...
Second, I was wondering if anyone here has already swapped out a automatic, for a new manual and if they did... how easy was it, what exactly did you need and where would be the best place to get it?
If you have a homepage or a site you know of where I can get tech info and pics it would be great...
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John

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Old 02-15-2006, 07:45 PM
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Well you are going to need a bellhousing, a flywheel, clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing and throwout carrier assembly. the swing pedal assembly, a fork and all the clutch linkage,and the tranny.
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The Tremec is the way to go if you were looking for an overdrive gear. Their TKO series, either the TKO-500 or TKO-600 have four forward speeds with the fifth being overdrive, a .68 ratio with the TKO-500 and either a .82 or .64 ratio with the TKO-600.
The Richmond doesn't have an overdrive ratio in their street five speed. Its not until you get to the Richmond six-speed that you can get an O.D. gear.

There are plenty of places out there that offer the Tremecs either alone or as part of a kit for GM cars. Your best bet is to Google "Tremec" and you'll find lots of info.
I've dealt with two companies that you may want to look at:

Mcleod Industries www.mcleodind.com They have Tremecs, clutches bellhousings, bearings, etc. Very knowledgeable people and helpful on the phone.

Keisler Engineering www.keislerauto.com They have kits for retro-fitting GM, Ford and Mopar cars. I ended up buying my Tremec from Keisler and had some minor problems with their service, but their website does offer a lot of information.

Also, check out:

Transmission Technologies Corp. www.ttcautomotive.com They are the manufacturers of the Tremec. Again, lots of information.

And like Henry said, you will need a lot of hardware besides the just the transmission. One thing that you may want to consider doing is going with a hydraulic clutch actuation setup. This will get rid of some of the mechanical clutch linkage and replace it with a master/slave hydraulic cylinder to actuate the clutch. You can even get rid of the slave cylinder and fork use a hydraulic throwout bearing.

Hope this helps.

Steve
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