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Old 06-25-2010, 05:05 PM
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transmission for my biscayne

im new to this whole thing and i was kicking around the idea of puting a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission in my 1963 biscayne. is there a way to do this? if so how?and about what am i looking at for a price range for one of these tranys? any ideas would be helpful. thank you

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im new to this whole thing and i was kicking around the idea of puting a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission in my 1963 biscayne. is there a way to do this? if so how?and about what am i looking at for a price range for one of these tranys? any ideas would be helpful. thank you
May be tough if you have an enclosed drive shaft system on that one.Bust out the tools and the sawzall.
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A 1963 Biscayne does not have a closed drive line. The car does have a "X" frame design. Makes it a little interesting on a swap to a longer trans
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Yep I was under pa's before he sold it, just briefly, but long enough to look and see that that your into way more than thunking in another tranny. I'm thinking if your hardcore about it your probably into some heavy remanufacturing. That is if the new bracing you put in will even have room to clear
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Drive line PITA

The 1958-1964 Chevrolets have 2-piece drive shafts with a carrier bearing in the X-frame. It would not be too difficult to modify the front half of the driveshaft to fit a manual transmission.

The difficult part is the brake and clutch linkage. That linkage may have to be built from scratch if you cannot find another Biscanye with a manual transmission that still has all the clutch linkage intact. That is not a job for a part-timer.

I assume you are seeking more performance with a 5 or 6 speed transmission, so be advised:
The 1958-1964 Chevy 2-piece driveshaft and rear suspension is a very poor design for drag racing or road performance and cannot be converted to a 1-piece driveshaft because of the X-frame. I installed 40" control arms (lift bars) from a '65 Chevy 1/2 ton pick up on my '59 Impala Sports Coupe in order to keep the rear end from rotating upward and snapping the rear U-joint and ripping out the upper control arm. The '65 Chevy P/U "lift bars" were pivoted on the X-frame and welded solid to the axle housing. The rotation of the axle was transmitted to the frame and the weight of the car prevented the rear axle from rotating upwards on acceleration and downwards on deceleration. On a hard launch with good bite, the body of my '59 Impala would lift about 2" . AHRA limited those "old school" lift bars (or ladder bars) to 45" in length. I don't think any rear suspension improvements except ladder bars (mostly home-made) were offered for those drivelines.
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im new to this whole thing and i was kicking around the idea of puting a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission in my 1963 biscayne. is there a way to do this? if so how?and about what am i looking at for a price range for one of these tranys? any ideas would be helpful. thank you
Think hydraulic throw out bearing instead of cobbling together all the required linkage.

There are poly reinforced and solid (IIRC) carrier bearings for the 2-piece drive shaft, a lot of cutting is required for a 1-piece.

HERE is a guy doing a complete redo on his '63 ragtop. Shows a lot of various details. He went w/a 4l80E tranny behind a 6.0L LQ4 mill- not your everyday engine/tranny swap, that's for sure!

But a 4-speed OD AT would be a decent option if the idea of a 5-/6-speed manual gets too complicated or maybe even too spendy.

Good luck, and show us some photos!

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59 Elky with a 454 and a Tremec TKO
Front driveshaft was shortened about 8-1/2", could have gone 9

Trans support was modified to move the mount to the rear about 2 inches

If going for a TKO, it may be in your best interest to get a Keisler Perfect fit for a 64-67 Chevelle. This would make for possibly no tunnel trimming and will put the shifter in the right place. The Keisler trans has all of the unnecessary mounting bosses removed, and the top of the trans case has been milled down for extra tunnel clearance

(I have a TKO in my 66 Elky as well {perfect fit for 66 Chevelle}----may buy the same trans for the 59 later---use the current 59 TKO in a 64 Chev truck)

You will have to raise the rear of the trans to almost the floor to keep a good driveline angle.

If you have troubles locating 63/4 pedals and clutch linkage, I used a bellhousing for an 87 Chev truck, slave cylinder for the 87 chev truck, clutch master cyl from an 88 chev truck---but this setup requires a very small brake booster
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