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Old 10-22-2010, 03:42 PM
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s10 T5 dimensions

I'm considering an S10 T5 for my hotrod, mainly because there really cheap, and telling if they are good or not is as simple as popping a couple covers. so junkyard diving for 1, would be simple, and the local yard gets $79 for any transmission, and S10's are common in that yard... anyway, the engine is just a plain jane 350 4 bolt.. it will have a cam with a moderate idle and 8.5:1 compression, and a single plane intake with a holley 1850 600cfm carb, because that's what I got and it was cheap.. so the engine will be quite mismatched, and I don't think it will gernade the trans.. also being hydraulic clutch will make things a little easier

anyway, I know that the S10 tailshaft has the shifter pushed forward a few inches, but I would like to find out where the shifter will fall in my hotrod... my cowl is 16" deep, and that's right where the dash is. I would like to verify that the shifter will be behind the dash and not under it or under the cowl., engine will sit flush with the firewall, only the bellhousing will be behind the firewall.. how deep is the transmission from where it bolts to the bell, to the shifter?

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First of all, how many T5 transmissions have you had apart? Looking inside is not a simple job. The cover doesn't just pop off. You have to remove the shifter, remove the shift bolck from the shift rod, then remove the tail housing before you can begin to remove the cover. Then getting the cover back on and getting all of the shift forks lined up is a pain. And putting the tail housing and shift block back in is a pain too. I'm guessing that you haven't done this before.

Even if the shifter is a little too far forward you can make your own shift handle that will bring it out from under the dash.

If you think that a hydraulic clutch is going to make life easier on the transmission then you are wrong. The T5 is not a strong transmission, and the S10 version is even weaker than the others. I can easily break one in my S10 with the 3.4 V6 that makes 160 HP with a 9 inch clutch.
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i have a t5 in my car "running a stock 350" it is out of a 82 camero with a v6 so I believe that the input shaft and gears are very similar to what you have. I have not had any issues with mine but I do not run it hard either. As mentioned above you can not just pop off the cover but they are reasonably cheap to rebuild.

There is a good source i believe called thegearbox.org in Michigan that has all parts needed.

I purchased a summit pressure plate and clutch made just for this type of swap v6 tranny and sbc engine.

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There is no E in Camaro. Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

The T5 from a 4.3 S10 might work, but the 2.8 S10 transmission won't work without some serious modifications. The input shaft is too long and the front bearing retainer is also too long to work with the small block bellhousing. The Camaro T5 is stronger than the S10 T5.
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well, I'v never had a T5 apart, and I havn't been around 1 in a while.. but my thought with the hydraulic clutch was more on the ease of installation, and not the strength end of it.. I honestly thought the case wasn't hard to get open

I just want 3 pedals. but if it's going to be too hard to get somthing strong enough to work, then I'll just get a Th-350 with a cable shifter and put the shifter wherever I want..

what about an NV-3500? the engine I have is a '72 4 bolt 350 and the S10 NV-3500 ( 4.3 V6 ) at least for a 2000 model year, has a shifter that is 24" from the edge of the bell housing. so it would be good for me ( I have 2 bomber bucket seats )
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