Not safe to have 4 speed with T-tops?

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  1. prosuperstar5

    prosuperstar5 Veteran Member

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    I've talked to a could of people about wanting to put a 4 speed in my 1980 camaro with t tops which is an automatic now and they strongly suggest I dont because I will crack my t tops and twist the body. Has anyone ever hear such things or is it just bullshit?
     
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    it is true. the roof on the 78-81z28 4spd t-top cars do crack in diffrent places. the windshields also tend to break... mine broke because of flex, and a guy i used to work with had it happen

    sub frame connectors, and poor traction are a must haha,
     
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    Due to the uni-body design of the second gen it is prone to body flex and thus cracking when a fair amount of power is added to good traction.
    being an automatic or four speed has little to do with it.
     
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    well...if your running big power yes it doesnt matter if itsa 4 gear or an auto. but stock or mild, 4 gear vs auto. the standard trans is way harder on the car.
     
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    so what do people do to t topped 2nd gens to get them to handle maybe 500+ horsepower?
     
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    BAM!

    what he said is true.
     
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    Well for started you need to reinforce the frame. You can do this by subframe connectors, roll cage, getting rid of the T-Top by going with solid roof(but this is marginal at best), and I've seen braces that connects to the firewall to the front sub-frame.
     
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    a member here runs 10s with t-tops. he has an 8 point cage, and sub frame connectors. his is an auto. but its comparable because you won't get close to tens with 500.
     
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    btw. here is a pic of one of our street/strip cars. 400hp lower 12s.
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    bone stock driveline, flywheel, clutch, trans, d-shaft, diff has cheap 373's. try launching that hard with a stock auto... harder launch= parts beak, chassis flex.
     
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    best place to buy sub frame connectors?
     

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