I have chosen a 1984 V8 Camaro NWC T5 for a rebuild. Disassembly is nearly complete. I still have a few pieces that I must remove from the main shaft. Tonight I cleaned some of the parts in preparation for the rebuild. This T5 will get new bearings, brass blockers and a new small parts kit. I plan to document the rebuild in the T5 section.
A clean transmission will make my truck look like it came right off the dealer showroom floor.
My last post showed several photos of the 1989 GMC Safari Van NWC T5. I took more photos today. The offset shifter has patent # 4515032 written across the top. If you Google Patent 4515032 you can see the drawings used to apply for the patent. I've also included a photo (from a bad camera) taken of the shifter handle coming up through the floor of the van prior to removal. It's easy to remove the offset shifter from the tail housing and bolt on an S10 or Camaro shifter handle. Notice the shifter box sits about 2.25" back from the transmission case whereas the S10 shifter box is up against the case.
My newest purchase is a 1984 NWC V8 Camaro T5 that I bought for parts. I think it can be repaired. The gears all look good and everything turns freely. I believe it needs a new countershaft gear bearing retainer plate and a rebuild with new brass synchros. I spun the output shaft to check the gearing and got 2.95 for 1st gear and 0.73 for 5th. Then I opened the case. The photos show what I learned from my inspection.
This T5 is very unusual. You can find them in some of the late 1980's Astro minivans or GMC Safari minivans. This is a non-world class T5 from a 1989 Safari van and the tag reads 1352-190. It has a 4.03 first gear and a 0.72 5th gear. Notice how the tail housing has the shifter location about 2 inches behind the back of the case. That's about 2 inches back further than the S10 tail housing. It has an offset shifter mechanism which is very unique as well.
I disassembled my steering column this evening after work. It was not as difficult as I thought. All the steps were documented with photos because there were lots of parts and I need to remember how to put it back together. The slide show highlights some of the important steps.
The first slide show walks through the reassembly process. The second slide show compares before and after photos.
I had some time after work and applied some satin finish black paint. The results are satisfying. The photos will look better in sunlight, so I will update with new photos later.
Tonight I disassembled and cleaned my brake-clutch pedal assembly. Some might call this little project a restoration, but it will really only consist of cleaning, light sanding, paint and then reassembly. After all, this area of the truck doesn't get a lot of attention. The parts were in excellent condition and perhaps cleaning would have been enough, but I decided to apply a fresh coat of pain while I have it apart. Here's a slide show of the parts before and during disassembly. Soon, I'll post the refurbished pieces and then the reassembly process.
See my BLOG entries from prior months below:
My Hobbies are:
- Main BLOG Page
- Steering Column Page
T5 Info Page
- Thinking about installing a T5? READ THIS FIRST
- My T5 videos
- 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.
- How to determine the T5 gearing
- 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?
- 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
- Broken Bolt Extraction
- DIY 3 Point Seat Belt Installation
- 1963 Chevy C10 Steering Column Removal
- 1963 Chevy C10 Steering Column Disassembly
- 1963 Chevy C10 Steering Column Rebuild
- 1963 Chevy C10 Steering Column Installation
- Easy Clutch Pedal Adjustment
- Making the Steering Column Safer
- How to improve gauge cluster lighting.
- Stripping Paint - Polycarbide Abrassive Wheel
- Jeep Cherokee Door Check Modification - Very Simple
- Keeping the hood aligned
- DIY All Cable Ebrake System for 1963-1972 C10
- Alignment Tools - Easier than you think
- Conversion to dual master cylinder brakes 1963-1966 C10.
- 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
- Harmonic Balancer Installation - Tapping threads in the crank
- POR 15 with less mess.
- Engine Dolly - EZ to make
- Steering Wheel Restoration Page
- Power Brake Booster Page
- Other Projects
- Random Pics