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Technical T5 WC to 8ba Flathead

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by John Deuel, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. John Deuel
    Joined: Nov 20, 2014
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    I have a T5 world class 1997S 10 transmission with Center shift. The speedway adapter for the 8 ba flat head only fits prior to 95. Does anyone know who makes a bell housing adapter for the set up. Thanks
     
  2. I think Cornhusker Rod and Custom may have the only adapter for the later T5.

    Look them up. Owner is @krylon32 on the H.A.M.B.


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  4. swifty
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    MEC make the bellhousing/adapter which can be drilled for either Chev or Ford patterns. This is what Cornhuskers sells with his kit.
     

  5. 51504bat
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    Second vote for Model Engineering (MEC) Last number I had for them is 330-644-3450 Takes a bit to get to talk to someone but worth it IMO. They have or had a web site but it was iffy at best. Again IMO. BUT their stuff is top notch.
     
  6. tinkirk
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    Check with Dave at vintage metalworks he is in Ohio


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  7. Pete1
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    I have redrilled a Lakewood scatter shield to mate to an 8ba, then you just bolt the T5 on.
     
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  8. enjenjo
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    You can modify a NWC Chevrolet S10 T5 to take WC gear sets
     
  9. big duece
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    How? Without a full machine shop? The front counter shaft bearing is different and the rear counter shaft bearing area on a WC has four drilled and tapped holes for a retaining plate that the NWC does not. Its not just a matter of swapping parts out, done tried that.
     
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  10. big duece
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    t5-mike.jpg The Cornhusker adapter is for the early 59a block, you would need a truck bell adapter to use the Cornhusker kit on a 8ba. Gary's kit is leaps and bounds better than the speedway stuff... do you have a pic of your '97 T5?
    If your trans is a 1997 it should have the bell housing cast into the gear box... if you have just a gear box and need a bell housing adapter you may not have a 1997 trans. This is a pic of the 97-03 unit. s-l500.jpg

    And a pic of the stamped steel bell 8ba adapter needed to mate to the aftermarket Cornhusker adapter...
     
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  11. wuga
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    Is it a T5 or maybe another year. By 1997, GM was only using the NV1500 in the S10. If it is a T5, there should be a brass tag under one of the tail shaft bolts. This number is absolutely necessary to determine all the characteristics of the transmission. Once you have the number, refer to this chart.
    http://www.britishv8.org/Articles/Borg-Warner-T5-ID-Tags.htm
    Warren
     
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  12. enjenjo
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    The countershaft bearing holes need to be opened up 0.125" front and rear. I do it on a Mill but you can do it with a good drill press. Once you locate the center of the hole, the rest is easy.

    After 1986 all the cases had the bosses for the countershaft retainer bolts, I made jig out of an old bearing retainer to locate the holes, and drill and tap them on my drill press.
     

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