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Old 02-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Kiessler 5-speed manual transmission

Has anyone had any experience with these transmissions?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:09 AM   #2
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Great transmissions! I purchased their TKO600 5-speed and installed it in my avatar. Previously the '56 had a Muncie M21. Changed the whole driving character of the car, making it faster off the line, and able to cruise 80 mph effortlessly. Highly recommend Keisler.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Kiessler 5-speed manual transmission

I bought one for my '40 pickup build but I haven't used it yet. Looks like a solid transmisson.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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Keisler has been very good to me. I have bought a few of the TKOs and am about to do it again. The best part is they know their stuff, have tons of parts available and an excellent tech staff to answer questions. Check out their new additions along with the TKOs.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: Kiessler 5-speed manual transmission

A buddy just got a new SS700 trans from Keisler, we've got it mounted and now are waiting for the driveshaft, which was part of the deal. I'll report back when it's on the road, but the trans looks great.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #6
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:44 AM   #7
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Keisler is actually a distributor/packager for a couple of different trans manufacturers. If your asking about a Tremec TKO trans, That is without ANY DOUBT the best money I have ever spent on a car!!! Just as above it lowered my e.t. by over a second from a comprimised geared, loose convertered auto trans that sucked in every way, and it made my car a comfortable long distance 80+ mph cruiser. Best thing of all was the car went from a 11mpg at best freeway car to almost 19mpg! Oh, and even better many many times more fun to drive!!!
At the time I did this I was driving my avatar about 400 miles per day. I don't "do" modern cars at all. I just hate them. This and a simple rear gear change made my car something I could (and did) drive everyday.

Expensive as all get out, but worth every penny!
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If you are just looking for a Tremec TKO trans, Keisler isn't the only game in town. I absolutely recomend A.M.P. in Tempe AZ, based on price and service after sale. Tomas and the guys down there know their stuff and do quite a volume of these transmisions so they offer a damn good price. 602-437-2727 800-454-8387
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:07 PM   #9
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i bought a 5speed tko from kiessler, nice guys but left me hanging on the bell housing
( small block ford) and throwout bearings/ and shifter items. basically they oversold there ability to deliver or understand some of the assoc parts for the set up.

not sure if i would go back again
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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I talked to a guy at the Kansas City WOW show last weekend and he seams to know his shit
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #11
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Good information. Good information.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #12
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If you're using a Ford engine there are many choices. Modern Driveline is one. I have the earlier 3550 in my 32. I used a Ford bell housing that was made for that trans. It all works very good. I used a midshift kit to move the shifter to clear the seat. Check their website for more info.
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^^^^^Bruce Couture is good people. He owns Modern Driveline. In 2004, I purchased my first Tremec ,a TKO500 from him in San Jose, Ca. A few years ago, I saw him at the SEMA Show. He said he moved his business to Idaho. His customer service is second to none. The day I picked up the TKO500 from his garage, he called me that night. Bruce said, I made a mistake and sold you a TKO for a SBF and you have a FE390. I'll be at your house in the morning to swap out the input shaft and bearing retainer. The next morning, I had the TKO on my welding table, and he made the necessary changes. What a guy!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:46 AM   #14
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This is good reading. I'm currently trying to source a TKO600 to go into my 54 Belair. I'm trying to get the best 'kit' as possible as the whole lot is going in a crate with a 355 SBC and coming over to the UK so I need to be sure it's all good. The Keissler kit for the 55-57 comes with some sheet metal pre-cut for the tunnel mods. Anyone know if this would be the same on the 54? I'm going froma 235, 3 OTT stock set up to the 355 and 5-speed manual. I'm pretty sure the mid-mounted shifter is he right one to retain the bench seat (thanks to need louvres for putting me onto this option). Cheers for any info and apologies to SBC for jumping the thread
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The Keissler kit for the 55-57 comes with some sheet metal pre-cut for the tunnel mods. Anyone know if this would be the same on the 54? I'm going froma 235, 3 OTT stock set up to the 355 and 5-speed manual. I'm pretty sure the mid-mounted shifter is he right one to retain the bench seat (thanks to need louvres for putting me onto this option). Cheers for any info and apologies to SBC for jumping the thread
The floor of a 54 BelAir is very similar to a 55 BelAir. Keisler didn't offer the tunnel sheetmetal when I ordered from them. So, I went with Eckler's tunnel sheetmetal. Used nutserts so the sheetmetal can be removed. The mid-shift location is ideal for bench seats. See my 56 install pix.
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a buddy of mine has one sweeet!
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:50 PM   #17
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Default Re: Kiessler 5-speed manual transmission

I had a mid shifter on mine in the Plymouth for ever, and it worked very well with the bench for placement, but the shifter itself didn't last very long. I don't know who is offering them now, but I replaced my midshifter four times in the first 7 years I drove the car due to leakage. In this latest rebuild I ended up going back to the stock rear shifter flipped to the forward posistion and reangled my home made aluminum handle to work. When I have back up and running I'll let everyone know how it worked.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:38 AM   #18
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What engine do you use and what rear end and ratio?
I'm working on putting a -54 331 Hemi in my -37 Plymouth Coupe and want to make it a real long distance driver at good mpg without loosing quick take off's. The Tremec 5-speed seems like a good choice with numerous ratios available for the fifth gear. Which one to use? Desireable is app. 2000 RPM at 60 mph, I think.
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I have an aluminum headed Chrysler 360 in my car with a TKO500 and a 3.23 geared rear with a 26.6" tall rear tire. At 75 I'm clickin' off 2100 RPM. I live in a section of the states where it's frequently a 100 miles or so between towns, and we take advantage of that fact by driving a bit faster than most folks around the country. Running between here and L.A. it's common to cruise in the 90-100 mph range, so that's where my car is geared to be comfortable. For your goals you might step up a notch and go more like a 3.55 with the same sized tire. Should get you pretty close.
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The floor of a 54 BelAir is very similar to a 55 BelAir. Keisler didn't offer the tunnel sheetmetal when I ordered from them. So, I went with Eckler's tunnel sheetmetal. Used nutserts so the sheetmetal can be removed. The mid-shift location is ideal for bench seats. See my 56 install pix.
Just realised you told me pretty mcuh the same on a previous thread I started!! Doh!!

Man, my brain is getting fried trying to get as much sorted pre-crating and shipping. Thanks for the heads up again. The cutting doesn't look too major, should be able to make something up in way of a cover if I can;t get hold of one. Cheers.
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