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01-27-2005 12:15 PM
BOOKS4CARS FIRST OFF WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO RUN THIS SETUP IN?? IF YOU ARE PUTTING IN A STREET ROD THAN SEVERAL THINGS COME INTO PLAY. (1) THE CAMARO BELLHSG TILTS THE TRANSMISSION 15 DEGREES FOR CLEARENCE IN THE ORIGINAL APPLICATION (2) THE T5 IS A FAIRLY WEAK TRANSMISSION AND WILL NOT STAND UP TO CONSTANT HOLE SHOTS OR ABUSE IN A FULL BODIED CAR. (3) THERE ARE VERSIONS OF THIS TRANSMISSION THAT WILL HANDLE 350 LBS OF TORQUE OUT THERE BUT THE CAMARO VERSION IS NOT ONE OF THEM . (4) PAY ATTENTION TO INPUT SPLINE COUNT AS THERE ARE CLUTCH ISSUES WITH SOME SPLINES. (5) I AM USING MINE IN A RESTO ROD THAT WEIGHS ABOUT 2000 LBS . A BASICLY STOCK 283 AND NARROW TIRES SO I DO NOT FORSEE ANY PROBLEMS. I WILL NEVER RACE IT. (6) DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE T5 FOR YOUR APPLICATION A GOOD SITE IS "http://www.inliners.org/Jack/t5_page.html AND
http://www.5speeds.com/t5/-------- BOTH ARE A START FOR YOUR RESEARCH -------(7) BUY THE WAY THE T5 SHOULD BE THE EXACT SAME BOLT PATTERN AS YOUR 4 SPEED AND IT SHOULD BE A BOLT IN DEAL WITHOUT THE HASSELS OF A SHIFTER . NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME T5,S THAT HAVE DIFFERENT POSITIONS FOR THE SHIFTER IE CAMARO AND S-10 VERSIONS -----GOOD LUCK -----GREG
01-26-2005 08:20 PM
Lee Hulick One more question regarding these posts...

I found a bone yard near me that has a bellhousing (with complete insides) out of an 86 Camaro along with the T5 tranny and all the pedals and everything inbetween for a mere $150 (aledgedly good tranny). Lucky me!

A friend said that the T5s aren't all that stout and may not hold up to the HP of a built SBC or BBC. If this is true, how tough would it be to mount my trusty Muncie to that Camaro's bellhousing?

Thanks to all for everything!!!!

Lee
01-26-2005 06:18 AM
BOOKS4CARS I guess that i have to find one of the 4.3 bells and try to fit it on the old 283----my next project is fitting a clutch to the 14 spline transmission i am using buy i think i have that solved . Thanks for the info .
-------greg
01-25-2005 09:11 AM
M&M CUSTOM The 4.3 V-6 engine is essentially a 350 with two cylinders in the middle removed, and is similar in looks and measurements with the 283 you intend on using.

The only things I am unsure about is the measurements of the crankshaft flywheel mating surface, to transmission engine mounting surface.

With the newer engines having a one-piece rear main seal, and externally balanced flywheel being the only difference from the older engine's specifics, I cannot simply give a "yes it's the same".
01-24-2005 11:07 PM
BOOKS4CARS are you saying that i could order a new s-10 4.3 bellhousing with the factory slave cyl and all my problems would be solved. of corse i would order the factory clutch fork, throw out brg and linkage also.its that easy --?????? thanks
01-24-2005 05:44 PM
M&M CUSTOM A bellhousing from an S-10/15 truck-Astro van with the 4.3 V-6 will directly bolt up to a V-8 and also has the external slave cylinder.
01-24-2005 05:25 PM
BOOKS4CARS I AM AWARE OF THE FIREBIRD /CAMARO BELLHOUSING WITH THE SLAVE BUILT IN BUT THEY WOULD LEAVE ME WITH A TRANSMISSION THAT IS TILTED 15 DEGREES----AS FOR THE GMC TRUCKS ---I WILL HAVE TO LOOK INTO THEM AS HAVE A FRIEND THAT IS A PARTS GUY AT A GMC DEALER ---I WILL LET HIM DO SOME RESEARCH FOR ME ---THANKS GUYS

GREG
01-24-2005 04:14 PM
M&M CUSTOM You could also use a small hydraulic cylinder with clevis pin ends for a custom set-up.

I have also seen rock crawler clutches operated with use of motorcycle chain and sprockets.
01-24-2005 03:49 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com Any of the OLD GMC pickups, busses, etc. that used the V-6 GMC engine (spark plugs in the center valley) and stick trans. They are getting hard to find. The last three I scored were at a tractor/heavy equipment yard.. I don't think Chevy used these engines..

The Camaro-Firebird ones are more common and will work well. The reason I like the GMC ones, is they are easily rebuildable. Lots of travel.
01-24-2005 02:03 PM
tnsmith10 the mid-later 80's camaros and firebirds that came with the chevy engines and std. trans came with a t-5 trans... the bellhousing will bolt right up and the slave is external... (drivers side of bellhousing). gl
01-24-2005 06:26 AM
BOOKS4CARS what years on the gmc trucks----for donor parts??? only gmc not chevy also?
01-23-2005 11:02 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com JMark, I also had a Fairbanks Clutch turbo in a tube chassis, glass, 70 ish Nova. I really liked the trans (poor mans LENCO), but the 1" input shaft was its downfall. That ole Big block and 14 wide M&H's would twist that "high-tuff" shaft almost completely around before breaking!! I used to have them hung up on the wall as conversation pieces!!
01-23-2005 10:41 PM
Jmark do it the fun way, put a 12" clutch in place of the converter on the TH400!!! Awesome hole shot and can't be out-shifted.

Some years back, my neighbor was one of the lead tranny guys at one of the chevy dealers. He used to make the "clutch flight" conversions in his garage. Did a 454 jeep, drove it once and pushed it home, scared him to death. He was happy when the owner came to get it.
01-23-2005 05:37 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com OLD GMC trucks, after that about anything that has a decent sized slave...
01-23-2005 05:12 PM
Lee Hulick Same goes for me guys.

BOBCRMAN, what is your first choice for a junkyard donor?

Lee
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