Thanks for the info about the S10 version of the T-5. I couldn't tell if it
bolted up normally or not from the info I was able to gather. The wide
ratios in that version put me off. Since I was having a fresh rebuild done,
I opted for the close ratio version. The close ratio T-5's ratios are:
2.95, 1.94, 1.34, 1.00, 0.72 (0.80, 0.63 optional)
As to the 17 or 18 degree twist in many of the T-5 versions, you can take a
look at http://www.sallee-chevrolet.com/BorgWarner/bwt56pics.html
which has nice pictures of a T-5 to T-56 conversion, and shows the offset in
the T-5 bellhousing as well as the adapter necessary to bolt in the T-56.
Grant S. firstname.lastname@example.org
----- Original Message -----
From: Grant Galbraith <email@example.com>
To: G. Simmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Gordon and Debra Tibbs <email@example.com>; Kevin D. Pennell
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Oletrucks <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 1999 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] 5 spd behind a 235?
> G. Simmons wrote:
> > Last week RobXR250 posted this message:
> > > Does anyone know of a 5spd that with bolt up to my 56 235 in my 50
> > > 3100? Im looking for somthing with similar gear ratios to the saginaw
> > they
> > > show in Patricks.
> > I'm working on another '54 now, and for it I just had a rebuilt Borg
> > T-5 assembled by a professional tranny shop. The trick is that while
> > of the T-5s built for cars bolt up OK in the front, the shifter comes
> > too far in the rear for a pickup bench seat. Other T-5s were mounted at
a >> 17 degree angle in front, which would make the shifter come out at a
> > angle. So the one I have has a main housing which bolts to the
> > at the normal angle, and an S10 pickup tail housing, which puts the
> > in the right place. The .72 5th gear should make my '55 3.90 rear gears
> > quite civilized at highway speeds.
> I have four S-10 T-5's I have picked up at swaps. None I've seen bolt in
> angle although there are many variants of the T-5. I have put 10 K on my
> now with the 235 and T-5 and find it a nice cruiser and has held up so
> S-10 first gear however is very short at 4.08 or 3.76 and I start out in
> drive it like a 3 speed with OD and use 1st for steep direveways or off
> beleive Rob is asking about specifics on different ratios to use other
> S-10 ratios which would be more favoralble to racing. I know you can put
> gears in the S-10 trans or use a tailshaft from an S-10 on a V-8 trans but
> know specifics of which tanny to ask for for a specific ratio. I know some
> T-5's came with 2.9? first gear.
> > At 07:47 PM 12/5/97 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > >To my knowledge the early units were offered only on passenger cars,
> > > trucks.
> Jack Geary is listed as tech advisor in Pickups and Panels in Print and I
> him a couple years back about OD's in Task Force Trucks. He told me that
> were an option and can be identified by the two lower mounting holes being
> threaded. A car OD can be used by using bolts and nuts with no problem.
> Along the subject of this thread I see an ad at Stovelbolt Engine Co for a
> speed from a 81 GMC that bolts in the same is the Saginaw. The seller says
> gear is OD. Anyone familiar with these?
> Grant G
> 50 3100
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