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Hi i am thinking about installing a Tremec 5 speed manual transmission in my 1969 camaro ss. It came with a turbo 350 automatic 3 speed transmission, here is a rundown of what i have done.
Has fresh 350 (keith black pistons, roller rockers, dart iron heads, 10 to 1 compression, 750 edelbrock carb). Hydraulic flat tappet Comp cam , MSD Pro-Billet Distributor , MSD 6AL CD Ignition , MSD Blaster SS Coil, MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Spark Plug Wires, March Performance Serpentine PULLEYS AND BRACKETS , The motor is putting out about 440HP @ 5500rpm.
The front-end has all new suspension with a Hotchkis Sway Bar and 2" drop coils & new power steering unit.REAR END HAS A ETON POSI WITH 373 GEARS , NEW HOTCHKIS 1.5 INCH DROP LEAFS WITH NEW STRANGE 8 WAY ADJUSTABLE SINGLE STAGE SHOCKS.

Is ther anyone who has converted ther camaro from automatic to manual and if so i could use some input and advice here is the link .
1967-69 Camaro Firebird 5-speed Tremec TKO-500 TKO-600 transmission conversion kit from Hurst Driveline Conversions Thanks for the help
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Apart from the obzious parts you will need are a Zbar bell crank and the linkage that goes with it. Look in your block on the LEFT side back for the hole that the zbar will have to go into. Of course measure the distance from the front of the trans to where your shifter will come up and the drive shaft length and new front yoke. Unless you will going with a hydralc clutch.

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And don't forget to install the bronze bushing in the crankshaft for the input shaft to center on.


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The b|tch will be making the clutch linkage work without having to be a powerlifter to push in the clutch.

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Jake, not to contradict what everyone has said, it is extremely simple and easy. First of all there is someone that makes a complete kit that comes with EVERYTHING you'll need. Look up American Powertrain Transmission. I converted Jade; my 1967 RS/SS Camaro to a 5-Speed and it was simple. The kit comes with everything to include your cross member and driveshaft. It even comes with pedals, linkages, and your harness for the reverse lights. I did not have to modify, cut, or manipulate anything. Straight forward, complete bolt on!!

You have two options for clutches; 1) Hydraulic, which I highly recommend, or 2) Mechanical Linkage. No matter which kit you decide, it will have everything, along with detailed instructions and tech support 24/7!! I opted for the TKO-600 with a .64:1 5th and final overdrive. With my rear tires and 4.10:1 gears out back, I can cruise at 70MPH at 2300RPM's.

I can't stress enough about American Powertrain. They are second to none when it comes to customer service, product satisfaction and a full warranty. The kit's not cheap, but it's well worth it. I preached so much about them, that brother is converting his 69 X11 Camaro right now, which is a factory automatic as well. Money well spent!!!

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me. After all, I'm converting my second Camaro.......
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Bucky is def right. Never said it was hard and I knew someone had a kit. I did that converstion to my 67 back in 1979.

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Jake, not to contradict what everyone has said, it is extremely simple and easy. First of all there is someone that makes a complete kit that comes with EVERYTHING you'll need. Look up American Powertrain Transmission. I converted Jade; my 1967 RS/SS Camaro to a 5-Speed and it was simple. The kit comes with everything to include your cross member and driveshaft. It even comes with pedals, linkages, and your harness for the reverse lights. I did not have to modify, cut, or manipulate anything. Straight forward, complete bolt on!!

You have two options for clutches; 1) Hydraulic, which I highly recommend, or 2) Mechanical Linkage. No matter which kit you decide, it will have everything, along with detailed instructions and tech support 24/7!! I opted for the TKO-600 with a .64:1 5th and final overdrive. With my rear tires and 4.10:1 gears out back, I can cruise at 70MPH at 2300RPM's.

I can't stress enough about American Powertrain. They are second to none when it comes to customer service, product satisfaction and a full warranty. The kit's not cheap, but it's well worth it. I preached so much about them, that brother is converting his 69 X11 Camaro right now, which is a factory automatic as well. Money well spent!!!

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me. After all, I'm converting my second Camaro.......
This sounds like the way to go. Fabbing up linkage is a pain in the @$$.

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