converting to a manual trans

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  1. realrsz

    realrsz Member

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    Hey gang;
    I believe this has been discussed in the past but not quite with my parameters. I'm in the process of rebuilding my '73 z. The car is completely disassembled now. I currently have a 400 trans that was originally slated for this car but now I've come across a Borg-Warner T-10, 4 speed trans. I'm seriously thinking of converting to a manual trans and this would be the time to do it. My question; I have nothing else but the transmission; no bell housing, no clutch, no anything. Not only am I thinking of the cost outlay to add all those goodies, but before I buy all that I want to make sure that B/W will work. I know I'll have some mod's to do to the trans tunnel, the cross member and possibly my drive shaft but I'm wondering; would there be any other surprises? Has anyone converted to a Borg Warner?
    Thanks for your time. You guys (and I guess gals, too) are a terrific source of info. and I really appreciate it.
    p.s. lest you think I can sell that 400 to cover the cost of the accessories I'll need, let me tell right now. I came across the Borg-Warner cuz the guy who owns it wants to trade straight up for my 400. I'm OK with that - if it will work.
     
  2. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    The main mod to the trans tunnel is to cut a hole for the shifter.And the shifter hump.I have a 1979 Z-28 RS Camaro I changed from a Turbo 350 to a Super T-10.Its a pretty easy swap. I did mine in the 1980`s.So I bought the clutch linkage direct from the dealer. I used a Lakewood scatter shield. A Hurst shifter, 130044932860518017_26257430996_o (1).jpg
     
  3. Green hornet

    Green hornet Veteran Member

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    You can find everything you need on eBay. Pedals and clutch linkage kit together for about $250.00, bell housing. Find a flywheel and clutch locally. The most expensive thing will be the shifter with linkage. It's not a difficult change over. You can find a lot of good info by doing a search here. Good luck.
     
  4. czizza

    czizza Veteran Member

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    Easy as pie ... I did it in one day ... the hardest part was cutting the hole and the clutch fork. I did a manual clutch setup ... I then changed my setup for a TKO500 and used the exact same kit.
     
  5. realrsz

    realrsz Member

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    Awesome! Thank you very much for your time. You told me exactly what I was hoping to hear. I've been checking out C/L the last few days and found a lot of what I'd need and yes, I think I would want to buy the clutch new.
     
  6. twozs

    twozs Veteran Member

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    What bell housing ?
     
  7. czizza

    czizza Veteran Member

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