Need a (pref) 4 or 5 Speed Manual Transmission for a '73 Camaro.

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  1. Ted Jaramillo

    Ted Jaramillo New Member

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    Hey guys

    Being in South America I have few (if Any) Junkyard Options to replace an adapted Toyot Transmission on my latest Project.

    I'd like to know what to look for (Common Gearboxes I may be able to find) OR New AFtermarket Options available in the States, without going to a Tremec as my budget wont allow it.


    Thanks guys,


    TJ
     
  2. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

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    OEM Borg Warner T-10 will be a great option and shouldn’t be too costly. I would avoid the OEM T5
     
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    Awesome. its an OD Gearbox then? (I wasnt sure)

    And where would you buy one?

    Tks!
     
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    T10 is a 4 speed with no overdrive. If you get the one with the 3.42 first gear then you could run a 3.08 rear end and still be able to take off without slipping the clutch. The T5 isn't very strong and wouldn't be able to handle a lot of power.
     
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    Yeah. No 4 speed that I know of is OD. What is the budget?
     
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    Was hoping to get this done for well under $2k
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I don't know what was imported to South Africa, but the T56 from the 4th generation Camaro's can be adapted. The 6th gear is amazing on the highway
     
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    You would find a used T56 the same way you would find a used T10 - in the US it would be at a junkyard or on craigslist from a person selling one. What is available where you are - we have no way of knowing.

    T10 should be what's in most 2nd gen Camaro's or mid to late 70s Corvettes with a 4 speed.

    T56 came in '93+ Camaro's - 6 speed with a .5 OD 6th gear

    You could also adapt a ZF from a '88-'96 Corvette especially if you can pick up the entire assembly - bellhousing, clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder. You would need a different flywheel but everything else should bolt up to a gen1 SBC.

    I wouldn't bother with a T5 from a 3rd gen camaro - not strong enough for a good running 350.

    Won't find anything new for that budget - even in a 4 speed. $3K and up for just the trans, then you need to source bellhousing, clutch, flywheel. If you can get the whole package in a used set-up that would be the best way to keep within your budget. Easily doable with a T10 or T56.
     
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    South America, not South Africa. But didn't mention what country - kind of a big continent - it's like saying you're in Europe.
     
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    Europe is not a big continent.
     

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