Well...its finally done....T-56 in a 66 - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 02, 4:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, Just wanted to let you guys know that my transmission conversion is finally over. it only took a few MONTHS but I slam six gears now while getting on the freeway. a couple of guys said they wanted to pick my brain a little when I was done. so here is you chance guys... ask me anything.


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 02, 9:57 AM
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Questions? How about a full blow by blow story with all the details, problems, what worked and what was a head scratcher, how you solved the problems, and of course lots of pics! Something like this isnt done everyday and would be great for the archives as a reference.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 02, 10:52 AM
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I'm with Dave, all the text you're willing to write and enough pictures to raise the price of Kodak stock.Two questions for now...What modifications to the trans tunnel were required and how is the clutch operated.Write a book, I'll buy. Max
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 02, 4:01 PM
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yeah,,, me too, i'd like to know.............

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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 02, 9:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well... I dont have any pictures online yet.

I had to cut out the entire trans. tunnle and some of the driveshaft tunnle. then fabricat a new one.

the clutch linkage was the same hydrolics used on 82-92 camero and firebirds

the bellhousing was a lakewood unit designed for 82-92 camero and firebird

the main reason this took so long is I did all this in my one car garage at my apartment. (thank you neighbors)

I'll hopefully have some pictures up later.
thanks guys


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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 02, 10:51 PM
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more more more more

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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ok...here goes.
only headers that would work with the hydrolic clutch were Hooker compition headers. the hedmens were way off, actually a old set of flow-tech's fit better on the car than the hedmans did.

Used a skateboard wheel bearing as the pivot for the clutch master Cylinder and pedal. (works GREAT!)

baught the shortest stick Hurst makes, only 5.5".... super short throw.

The stock crossmember was used, just moved back 7".

the driveshaft was shortend by 5.75"

the Yoke was the same as my Th-350 I was replacing

didnt have to make any changes to the pinion angle

Geeze... I think that about covers it. doesnt seem like much on paper.

thanks guys

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 2:38 AM
 
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6 speeds, that's gotta be awesome and super-fun to drive in a muscle car. Here's a question, what could be funner?
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 7:32 AM
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How far back did you have to go into the drive line tunnel when you removed the trans tunnel?

I would like to do this conversion on my 65. What donor car did you get the tranny from, year, make, model? How much did the tranny, clutch assembly ect... cost? If you dont mind me asking

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Havnent found anything more fun yet...besides sex of course.

Havent clocked the milage yet but when I drop it into 6th at 75mph im only doing 1800rpm. vant even hear the motor.

the tranny runs about $2000, the adapter place is another $100. the bellousing was $300. the clutch was $300(centerforce) the clutch llinkage will run about $180.

I got most of these parts in a trade for a beater chevelle I had at the time.(thanks skip)

I had to cut about half of the driveshaft tunnel out. actually its stronger now that I fabricated a new trans tunnel. lots of reinforcment.

any other questions guys just let me know

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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 12:54 PM
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Is the car in Sacramento now? I wouldn't mind taking a look at it sometime, and I am sure there are a few others around here too...

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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 1:05 PM
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I was curious why you had to remove so mch floor board? I put a LT1 and a T56 in my 64 Nova and only had to dent the floor a little bit on one side and a hole for the shifter.
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 2:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yes the car is in Sac now. parked M-F 8-5 at Tognotti's where I work. (dont steal it) come by and check it out.

Thats crazy the 64 Nova has more tunnel room than my chevelle. I tried to keep the hole as small as possible. but I had to keep cutting it bigger and bigger the closser I got the tranny mount to the crossmemeber level.

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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 4:46 PM
 
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what clutch pedal assy did you use a 66 or camaro?
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 02, 5:22 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, I used the stock chevelle pedals
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