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08-03-2004 02:02 AM
69 Camaro Cluch Fork Hits Firewall...

I had the same problem with my 67 Camaro while installing a new TKO 5 speed.
Turned out to be the wrong clutch fork. 1st gen Camaro's use an "S" shaped fork while the later ones use a straiter one. If you have the two forks side by side the differences are very noticeable. Otherwise they can be mistaken, as my first one was when the company sent it. I still have that one if you want a picture sent.
Once I obtained the correct fork and made the replacement, the adjustment was simple.
If your Flywheel has been lightened or is not stock, you need to mic the thickness and compare it to stock. If the one you are using is thinner, you need an adjustable pivot ball assy. I had to lengthen mine to compensate for the thinner flywheel. I had to replace the cross member with a custom one for my new trannie.
If the cross member you have meets the mounts on your trannie and you have the correct mount in place, the cross member should be correct.
Good luck.

07-18-2004 09:09 PM
FiefSS thx for the replies.. i know engines in the right place as the trans does line up with the crossmember, i signed up at chevy talk, so thx hopefully I can track this down.
07-17-2004 07:47 AM
Go to The Chevy talk site and ask there


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07-16-2004 01:04 PM
daveh I had the same problem with my 69 Z and it ended up that the clutch fork pivot ball was too long. Get a short pivot ball and you will be fine. I thought making it longer was the trick but it needed to be shorter. Good luck.
07-12-2004 05:38 PM
USA1 Without actually seeing this, it is hard to say, but it almost sounds to me like your engine is sitting too far rearward in the car. Just a thought , are the mounts interchangeable from side to side? Is it possible that the mounts are on the wrong side? I have had several of the first gen camaros and can't remember running into this problem. It's probably something simple, just step back for awhile and try to look at it with a fresh outlook. Good luck, and post back when you find the problem. I'm curious now.
07-08-2004 06:19 PM
FiefSS sorry to be posting but no one can give me an answer of what to look for.. if more info is needed I have as much as anyone could possibly need. I am well aware the 350 and 400 trans have different crossmembers, but I have the big block one for a 350 not with the oval hole on the bottom.... will that make any differenace if not what else should I be looking for...
07-07-2004 04:52 PM
FiefSS gah if height is the same what else should I be looking at.... cause something is about 3/8ths to an inch to high somewhere, and the motor mounts, frame mounts and trans mount are the correct ones for the car. something has to be incorrect somewhere as the motor and trans need to be just a bit lower and everything clears...
07-07-2004 03:54 PM The trans crossmember height is the same between the big block and the small. The difference in crossmembers is. The 400 turbo has the mount further back, towards the rear. This is because the 400 auto is longer than the stick trans and the mount is further back on the tailshaft..
07-07-2004 02:24 PM
69 Camaro Cluch Fork Hits Firewall...

I posted earlier but didnt get any good answers so I will try again. I have a 69 camaro im putting back together with a 302 chevy and a 4 speed muncie m21 from a 67 chevy. The motor mounts and frame mounts are the correct ones for the car as I have finnaly found out. The trans mount we have is correct, but the crossmember may not be. I have read that the small block crossmember has an oval hole on the bottom, will a big block crossmember make a big difference in how high the transsmisiion sits?

The reason I ask that is because number 1, the clutch fork as it sits now hits the firewall but needs to move farther (possibly needs to be adjusted) and number 2 the header is sitting about an 1/8th of an inch from the floor of the car.
We have a lakewood bellhousing and clutch fork both summit said would work, the part # for the bellhousing is the correct one, and the clutch fork year one sells as the replacement for the stock one. I have a new clutch,pressure plate, and throwout bearing all installed correctly by me and my dad (hopefully) . If the trans crossmember is wrong would it bring the back of the motor and trans down low enough for everything to clear? The previous owner had a 454 sitting in this car with and auto and it didnt seem to have any clearance problems.

So i guess after saying all that complicated extra stuff my question is, will getting the technically correct crossmember change how high the trans sits, no one seems to know hopefully someone here does! Thank you

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