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T5 in a 58 Chevy Truck Behind a 348

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by vanst603, May 7, 2012.

  1. vanst603
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
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    vanst603
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    from New York

    Guys, any suggestions on what year S10 T5 would best work for a 348 in a 58 Chevy Pickup? I'd like to use the stock V8 bellhousing, clutch fork, flywheel and so on. Any suggestions would really help, is this close to being a bolt in swap?

    Are there any drive shaft concerns and do I need to install a x-member at the rear of the T5?


    I'm also installing a IFS so I don't have a clearance issue with the stock exhaust manifold that I discovered while doing a mock engine fit.

    Thanks Terry
     
  2. Flat Ernie
    Joined: Jun 5, 2002
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    Flat Ernie
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    I'd use a Camaro/Firebird WC T5 from a V8 and if I needed to move the shifter position, I'd put the S10 tailhousing & topcover on.
     
  3. vanst603
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
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    vanst603
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    from New York

    Thanks for the tip, I do think I would need move the shifter forward to the S10 location it would be in my seat. So I'd need to buy 2 trannys or hope to find parts to make this swap?
     
  4. Blind Elwood
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    Just remember the S-10 T5 is a low torque transmission.
     

  5. I put one out of a 1999 s-10 in my 34 behind a 283 and used the 283 flywheel and the s-10 hy through out bearing and clutch and pressure plate. My t-5 has the bell housing made to the trans unless I missed some thing. I used the master cylinder for a 61 chevy truck and reversed the clutch and brake side. It is working fine. Good luck.
     
  6. vanst603
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
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    vanst603
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    from New York

    Im not an expert in anyway but I've seen 80's and 90's Camero and Firebird T5's were the bell housing is separate but I don't know if it will bolt to a 348. Anyone know?

    I'd also like to use the 283 bell housing as this will give me a rear motor mount and is in perfect location on the truck for the 348.

    Can anyone tell me if there is an adapter plate of a T5 to the stock 238 bell housing? It looks as if it doesn't have the same bolt pattern.
     
  7. Flat Ernie
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    Flat Ernie
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    Then you don't have a T5.
     
  8. Flat Ernie
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    Flat Ernie
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    No adapter needed if it's a pre-93 T5. It bolts up if you have a 283 bellhousing. Now, the input shaft may need to be shortened, as well as the front bearing retainer where the T/O bearing rides. Additionally, depending on your clutch disk, you may even need to lengthen the splines on the input shaft.

    If you have a '93/94 and newer T5, it uses the Ford bolt pattern and won't bolt up to a 283 bellhousing.
     
  9. vanst603
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
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    vanst603
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    from New York

    Thanks Ernie for the help, no I don't have a T5 currently and was thinking of using one do to the great shifter location for the pickup installation. The other thought was to use a T10 and install a top load shifter conversion.
     
  10. Look into a NV3500 from a V6 s10, Its a OD 5 speed. Its stronger than the s10 T5, and has a mid shifter.
     
  11. vanst603
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    vanst603
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    from New York

    Thanks I'll check out the NV3500!
     
  12. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
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    treb11
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    Beware ! some integrated housing s-10 transmissions are light duty. and have the shifter more rearward. look for a 5 speed out of a C1500 full size. shifter will be in the right spot too. been there, done that
     

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