This modification was started a long time ago. Life got in the way. I finished some of the final touches today.
This took some serious planning and careful work. I cut 4.5" out of the middle of each of the two steering column sleeves. Welding the two pieces together and getting them straight was a challenge. That allowed me to slide the column 3" closer to the dash. That makes for a more comfortable driving position. The next step is to join the upper and lower steering shafts at the universal joint.
The telescoping steering shaft will make the truck safer in case of a collision involving the steering box. I cut the tip off the lower shaft so it will connect to the U-joint. The original steering shaft was also cut shorter and will be machined to fit the U-joint. This also allows me to slide the steering wheel closer to the dash for a more comfortable driving position.
SOLD! . . . but I have more!
Let me build one for you!
I have up for sale a very nice Custom Built T5.
This is NOT an ordinary V8 Camaro T5. This was built using very hard to find original Borg Warner parts from 2 different transmissions, a V8 Camaro T5 and an S10 T5. This is a non-world class T5. It is rated for 250 HP and 300ft-lb of torque. It has terrific gearing for a daily driver classic Chevy car or truck.
The Tag ID# is 13-52-070.
This T5 was completely rebuilt by me using V8 Camaro T5 gears together with an S10 main shaft and tail housing. The result is a nice close ratio overdrive transmission that works well in a classic Chevy car or truck with a bench seat and a cable driven speedometer. This is the ideal hybrid combination for a classic Chevy hot rod.
The gears are as follows:
1st = 2.95
2nd = 1.94
3rd = 1.34
4th = 1.00
5th = 0.73
Rev = 2.76
The 0.73 overdrive gear works very well with a 3.73 or lower gear rear axle. I have this same T5 in my C10 truck and the 3.73 rear is a perfect match.
Inspected, cleaned and rebuilt using new bearings, synchros and seals.
This transmission will be ready to bolt onto your bell. It will come with a different shifter handle than shown in the photos.
The factory air cleaner is too big to use with my 1995 Blazer brake booster. The easiest solution is to use a new air cleaner. Now I have plenty of room if I use a #2952 Spectre carb adapter and #4770 Spectre 9" air cleaner. I'll keep using the 1 barrel Rochester B carb since the truck runs so well.
Since I have an inline six cylinder, my air cleaner is not in the center of the truck. When I did a test fit of the brake booster, I found that it bumps into the air cleaner. Once I install the brake booster, I will have to use a smaller air cleaner. I'm not too happy about that. Once I swap to a weber carb, there should be no interference.
My Hobbies are:
- Main BLOG Page
- The Purchase
T5 Info Page
- Making a Custom Shifter
- Complete T5 Driveline - Installation from Engine to Rear Axle
- S10 T5 Transmission Jeep Shaft Swap - DIY and skip the adapter plate.
- Camaro Drive Gear Relocation
- T5 Tail Stock with a Cable Speedo Connection
- World Class and Non-World Class versions of the T5 - How to tell them apart.
- A possible solution for cable speedometers.
- T5 Transmission Identification - What the Tags and Markings Mean
- What's the difference between a Camaro T5, an S10 T5, and an Astro T5?
- How to determine the T5 gearing
- T5 Transmission Rebuild
- T5 pre-purchase inspection and questions
- T5 Resource List
- T5 Case Inspection
- Bell housing differences
- T5 Drive Gear and Driven Gear Combinations
- A Camaro T5 with the S10 Conversion
Tips & Tricks Section
- DIY 3 Point Seat Belt Installation
- How to improve gauge cluster lighting.
- Jeep Cherokee Door Check Modification - Very Simple
- Steering column modification
- A simple way to remove old control arm bushings.
- An easy way to adjust brake shoes
- How to remove a pilot bushing from the crankshaft.
- Cutting spot welds
- E-brake clip removal made easy
- POR 15 with less mess.
- Steering Wheel Restoration Page