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From time to time people are converting their auto tranny car to a manual tranny car (and they should be doing that :D ).
One of the things to be added for a manual tranny is the Z-bar and a frame mounted bracket for the Z-bar. The 64-67 cars use a bracket that must be welded to the frame. The 68-72 cars get a bolted on bracket. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 68-72 Chevelles had the holes punched into the frame during manufacture of the frame. The holes are NOT threaded and the correct bolts for these holes are self threading. Once the bolt threads takes a bite into the hole, just keep turning and they will go right in. Most of the parts are available from the aftermarket vendors, but if you have an auto tranny car, the bolts are already there, on the INSIDE of the frame rail. The bolts which attach the bracket for the auto tranny shifter linkage to the side of the frame are the same bolts, just use them for the Z-bar bracket! :thumbsup:
While putting my son's 68 back together after his wreck, I took a picture of these two holes so that anyone considering a manual tranny swap can see where to look for the holes on their car. Zac's car is a FACTORY 307/PG car and as you can see, the holes are there.

 

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Sweet. Here is mine, Bracket has wrong bend (don't get me started on that issue :sad: ), but its another shot of the location.
 

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Sweet. Here is mine, Bracket has wrong bend (don't get me started on that issue :sad: ), but its another shot of the location.
LOL, looks just like mine. I hate those aftermarket parts. Im using mine like that, still have yet to make one of my own. I dont know why we even buy the aftermarket parts, it actually makes the job harder.
 

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Yea, luckily i got an original off a TC member, helped out a lot:thumbsup:
 

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Sweet. Here is mine, Bracket has wrong bend (don't get me started on that issue :sad: ), but its another shot of the location.
Get you started - LOL. I just had my azz handed to me on this same issue. I feel your pain. Amoung all of the problems with these aftermarkets kits, as I am sure you are aware of, after 200 miles and about 40 miles from the house the braket from the clutch pedal to the rod snapped off at the weld dropping the pedal to the floor. :mad: Ever try driving a blown 600hp car home with no clutch? What a PITA! :D Has any one else had any other weld breaks on these assemblies?
 
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My friends after market bracket for the Zbar which also has the wrong bend, has now started to crack, in his 69 elky
None of those third world knock off brackets are bent or made correct. I have three for the 67, those weld on, and none of them are even close.

Soooo, I will load her up and take it to Ken Keir race cars and have him make one and do some other stuff, what a pain.


I put these brackets in the same class of crap as headers, they almost fit:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

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I put these brackets in the same class of crap as headers, they almost fit:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
LOL - I know what you mean. After totally rebuilding this '69 my "Almost fit" list is huge. Either dry fit them on the models so you can back your claim or a disclaimer - "Some modifications, beating on, cutting, welding, painting, grinding & repairing or hiding the hole in the sheetrock in the garage may be required" :D :D :D
 
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