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 Post subject: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:38 pm 
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I'm going to try adapting a chevy T56 from an LT1 motor onto my 5.0 by making an adapter plate to bolt to a T5 bellhousing.

I'm looking for tips from anyone who has done this before.

If someone has a CAD drawing of ANY T56 adapter plate in dxf format that would be very helpful - all I need is the gearbox bolt & dowel pattern and the input shaft centerline

I am aware of the Dellow & CRS plates but these cost a bomb, and other plates from USA which are realistically priced but the freight will more than double the price.

The vehicle is an AU2 XR8 ute, currently with a T5. The motor is getting an upgrade to 347, so the T56 is an insurance policy against breakage

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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:12 pm 
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Are you going to a hydraulic clutch ??

If so, what did you have in mind ??

 

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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:10 pm 
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No, I'm planning on staying with cable.

My idea is to swap the LT1 input shaft to LS1 for the extra length, machine down a SBF I6 T5 b/h to make room for an adapter plate between b/h & gearbox. The amount of b/h machining will be dictated by correct spigot shaft penetration into crankshaft

I make small casting runs of the SBF to I6 T5 b/h, so I can add some extra thickness to the inside of the b/h to make up for what's machined off

I just need a CAD drawing to get a spacer plate roughed out

If I don't have any luck in the next few days I'll probably just get one from USA

 

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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:22 am 
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Probably your best bet.

 

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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:32 am 
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Youve seen the T56 adapter by Twinlight?

http://twinlight.com.au/twinlightgearboxadaptors.html

Seems like a good price for what it is - but I dont know much ;)
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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:24 pm 
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I did the Mal Wood conversion and had to use 4-1 headers cause the Tri-Y fouled the starter motor which is now on the other side. Also needed speedo conversion module and shortened tail shaft.

Hope this helps
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 Post subject: Re: T56 onto 5.0 - any tips
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:52 am 
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Thanks. I will be using a left hand starter bellhousing and an adapter plate so starter will be in original location. I am just working through input shaft options atm, which will determine the bellhousing depth. I have 2 different speedo corrector, one from shiftkits and one from muzza. Which did you use? And did you use the original GM speedo sender?

 

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