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Old 13th-November-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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T56...install/local (?) builders

Hello all, I am putting the car (69) up for the winter and need to massage an LT style T56 into it. My two attempts at a 700R4 weren't so successful, long story.
I procured a donor trans from a 94 Camaro and will be mating this one, or another (core exchange) one to my 540 BBC. This car will be strictly driven on the street (3.89 gears, 26-ish tall, not very wide tires), bottom line the tires should always be the weak link.
So, I go into this new trans issue with an open mind...I would like to use a hydraulic clutch...

Looking for "smot" people that may have tackled this before and anyone with good experience in dealing with a performance manual transmission shop, in the Rhode Island (or New England) area, for a rebuild or trans exchange.

Thanks in advance, Matt


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Old 13th-November-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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Here are a list of builders that i have heard good things about.

www.tickperformance.com
www.ddperformance.com
www.rpmtransmissions.com
www.bowlertransmissions.com

Bowler has built me a few autos and he built my brother a T56 magnum.
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Hello all, I am putting the car (69) up for the winter and need to massage an LT style T56 into it. My two attempts at a 700R4 weren't so successful, long story.
I procured a donor trans from a 94 Camaro and will be mating this one, or another (core exchange) one to my 540 BBC. This car will be strictly driven on the street (3.89 gears, 26-ish tall, not very wide tires), bottom line the tires should always be the weak link.
So, I go into this new trans issue with an open mind...I would like to use a hydraulic clutch...

Looking for "smot" people that may have tackled this before and anyone with good experience in dealing with a performance manual transmission shop, in the Rhode Island (or New England) area, for a rebuild or trans exchange.

Thanks in advance, Matt


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You can ship it to Tick. I believe they use RSG or D&D parts in their rebuilds. They even have information about how to ship it the safest and cheapest way.

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Old 13th-November-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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Here's who i used..i would recommend you go up to LS1tech and go to trans section you should use a newer T56 that has all the hydraulics as a stock setup i am using a 2001 T56 rebuild by Finishline.


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Old 13th-November-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Gents, thanks for the replies...I have looked into most of these already...IL is closer than TX.
I am leaning toward the LT due to ease of mating the gen iv to it. I know these guys or American Powertrain have the hyd parts to make them work, better than the manual clutch setups.



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Old 16th-January-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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Any rockland standard gear customers here?
Thinking of buy a new update T56 from them, I found a buyer for my used piece.


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Old 20th-January-2013, 01:48 AM   #7
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Gents, thanks for the replies...I have looked into most of these already...IL is closer than TX.
I am leaning toward the LT due to ease of mating the gen iv to it. I know these guys or American Powertrain have the hyd parts to make them work, better than the manual clutch setups.
Both the LT and LS T56 use hydraulic throwout setups; neither are manual. The LT is external, LS is internal. You can use any number of master cylinders with them; OEM, Tilton, Wilwood, etc. The LT T56 does use an odd pull-style pressure plate, however, it can be converted to the more standard push-style.

Personally, I'd try to source a LS T56 from a F-Body or GTO and use a bellhousing from Quicktime for added insurance (foot protection). They're a little better transmissions, particularly the GTO one.
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Old 20th-January-2013, 02:30 PM   #8
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Itslow, thanks.

I have the old trans sold. I am chatting with RSG to get educated. I am leaning towards a Lakewood bellhousing, as that is what was suggested by RSG. The pedals will prob be classic ind. The Hydramax setup, master cylinder, etc looks good from american powertrain.
Waiting on clutch, until I get engine dialed in.
Crossmember will prob come from Allston's chassis works.

Thoughts?
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Itslow, thanks.

I have the old trans sold. I am chatting with RSG to get educated. I am leaning towards a Lakewood bellhousing, as that is what was suggested by RSG. The pedals will prob be classic ind. The Hydramax setup, master cylinder, etc looks good from american powertrain.
Waiting on clutch, until I get engine dialed in.
Crossmember will prob come from Allston's chassis works.

Thoughts?
Quicktime is now a subsidiary of Lakewood/Prestolite, for what it's worth. Ross is a good dude in my book.

You will probably be fine with either one.

I love my X-Factor crossmember but it cost a few bucks. If Alston makes a good one for cheap, go with that.
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Old 21st-January-2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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I will give them a call thanks.

The Allston xmember is a nice piece and less than the others.

Thanks for the indo


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If you go LT1, this is an option too:

http://www.crossmembers.com/shop/cro...t56-p-351.html
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Old 21st-January-2013, 03:23 PM   #12
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T56...install/local (?) builders

That's a pretty piece too.
I have some adapters for my 700r4 xmember that are "allowing" me to use another Allston xmember that should work as well as the one I am replacing.

Not sure about the shifter location yet though...


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That's a pretty piece too.
I have some adapters for my 700r4 xmember that are "allowing" me to use another Allston xmember that should work as well as the one I am replacing.

Not sure about the shifter location yet though...


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FWIW when I get my stuff back together I'll post up some pics regarding shifter location. Maybe you can estimate where you will be at then?

Good luck with whatever you choose!
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Old 21st-January-2013, 11:25 PM   #14
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WBT, i am tracking your T56 install posts too! Good stuff!
I won't be on the road for a bit...engine needs to go to shop for a spin in the engine room for a tune...so I will get the flywheel first, then pick the clutch based on the HP/tq.
Xmember, pedals and hydraulic kit will prob be next. I'll take some measures and see where the shifter could go.
Prob buy the trans last...
Check out the neon console builds here yet?
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Old 21st-January-2013, 11:39 PM   #15
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I bought everything from tick. I bought a used gto trans and had to rebuild it... They had great CS and would use again.
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