Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Beaver Dam Wisconsin
Just finished this project on my car! Using the T5 bellhousing.
I purchased the transmission, bellhousing and shield all from a local recycle yard for $75. Then I purchased a set of G-Force gears and had a local transmission shop do the rebuild. I purchased the transmission cross member and mount, speedo cable and gear, pressure plate, clutch disc, throw out bearing and the cable clutch conversion all from Modern Driveline. I purchased a new flywheel from Summit Racing. New Pro5.0 shifter from CJ Pony and a new Hurst shifter rod from StreetSide Auto.
My original plan was to use the T5 components (bellhousing, clutch fork, bearing) with the cable clutch conversion that I installed before the motor, headers and trans were in the car. After installing the motor, headers and bellhousing I found out that the brand of headers I have (Hooker Comps) didnít allow for the room needed the route the clutch cable without toasting it, so I removed it. If you are going to use the clutch cable conversion make sure your exhaust is stock or the headers will work with the clutch cable (lesson learned). If you are interested in the cable clutch conversion talk to me because I will part with mine. Currently I put everything together with the stock z-bar setup and the 65 style clutch fork/bearing but plan to take it apart in spring to put in a hydraulic clutch Ö couldnít do it then because wife is in charge of the checkbook and told me I have spent enough this year Ö In my mind there is no such thing as enough but who wants to fight with a woman!
You will need to decide IF you want to go with a new flywheel (157 tooth) or use the 65 flywheel (167 tooth). You can use the old starter if you use the older flywheel but it should be from an automatic not a manual car. I bought a new mini starter and went with a new flywheel.
If you use the T5 bellhousing you need to purchase a fulcrum spacer/block to relocate the clutch fork back to its original position because the T5 bellhousing is deeper. I purchased this piece from CJ Pony. You have to drill two holes to mount it but its an easy job.
When I installed the transmission I was hitting the floorboards and didnt have enough room to mate the trans to the block. Im using TCP motor mounts and there is no flex or movement in the motor block so I supported the motor with 2x4ís and floor jack, removed the large mounting bolts and replaced with smaller bolts then jacked the motor a little at the oil pan to give me the room needed to bolt everything together. Then went back and put the large bolts back in the motor mounts. I thought that was going to be a fight but they went back in real easy. The Modern Driveline transmission cross member and mount fit without a problem and I was able to hookup the stock emergency brake system. The last thing you will need is a shorter driveshaft and the correct T5 yoke. I had this project done in one day with time to make it to local race track that Saturday evening.