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I am considering installing a Tremic 5 speed in my 40 Ford convertible. Has anyone done this on a similar street rod? Can you give me some info on what I am going to need to do to accomplish it.
I am currently running a 350 turbo tranny behind a 383 stroker.
The Brake master cylinder is mounted on the frame.
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Doug
 

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It would be nice if someone would answer this question as I have a similar goal. I am considering installing a Tremic 5 speed in my 36 Ford convertible. Has anyone done this on a similar street rod? Can you give me some info on what I am going to need to do to accomplish it.
I am currently running a 36 tranny behind a sbc 350.
The Brake master cylinder is mounted on the frame.
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Well for starters here are some parts you will need. you can look up P/N in Summit or your favorite parts suppliers.
Pilot bearing- SBC to Tremec
Flywheel
Pressure plate
clutch disc
Release bearing- hydraulic or manual
Bellhousing
clutch fork if manual release
Pedal assembly- you may be able to simply add the clutch pedal assembly to the existing floor mount or you may have to replace the whole thing. I depends on what chassis accommodations you have. You may also have to have some fabrication done for mechanical clutch linkage.
rear crossmember.- modify to fit the Tremec
Driveshaft. you will need to have a new yoke installed and either lengthen or shorten the tube. Expect about $300 or so.
Shifter stick.- You may have to modify it to clear the seats.
Shifter boot.
Wiring for neutral start.
Suitable Gr8 bolts for everything
Possible floorboard modifications
Depending on type of chassis you may have some chassis modifications

Deep checkbook or card.

Frankly as much as I like rowing gears I get all I want with my 5 sp dually. When you get caught in traffic a 5 spd is not a lot of fun even if you have a granny gear. Mine is 25 to 1 and still a pain. If you already have a T-350 I'd surely leave it. Even if you have to have it gone thru, it still is less than a grand even with a good converter.

I have a T-350 behind my blown SBC and it works just fine. Traffic is no problem. I cruise at 2500 at 60mph all day.
 

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Aralph

Thanks for that general information. This information pertains to both the 40 and my 36 as they have the same basic chassis.
Please--I am still looking for someone who has actually put a Tremec 5 speed behind a 350 and has specific experience and information from the install.
 

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Doug,
You may want to try here:

http://www.5speedtransmissions.com/forums.html

or here:

http://www.keislerauto.com/

Both of these companies specialize in putting the Tremec in or behind any engine/body combo. It also appears that both have forums specific to Chevy, Ford and MoPar.
I have a TKO 600 behind a 392 Hemi in a '41 Willys. It is documented in my project journal. I understand that my setup is not anywhere near what you are looking for, but some of the installation is universal to any motor/body setup.

Try those websites. I'm thinking that someone there has done exactly what you're looking to do.

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I am doing just that right now

Hello, I am new here and joined to gain some tech knowledge. I have a 39 Ford Coupe that I am installing a Tremec 5speed. No problems so far. Much of the install depends on the trans mount that you might need. Also a far amount of tunnel cutting is in store. Feel free to ask me about some details. The trans is installed in the car with a stock Ford frame. SBC engine.

I have a question about hydraulic clutch install.

I have a hydraulic master cylinder installed below the floor right next to my brake master cylinder. If the brake system can have residual pressure valves installed because the master reservoir is lower than the brakes, can the hydraulic clutch do the same? I really do not want to install a remote reservoir on the firewall. This might not look "old school" enough for me. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 
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