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Username Post: Alternative to welding z-bar bracket?        (Topic#347692)
Rick Dorion 
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10-16-17 06:06 AM - Post#2711002    

I plan to do a 4 speed change over this winter on my Bel Air. I don't have a welder or ready access to someone who does. Has anyone come up with a method to do a bolt-in install of the z-bar bracket? Thinking out loud - I wonder if I can drill/tap a hole (or two) and fasten the bracket. Or has anyone used another car's bolt-in bracket like the later year chevelles?

1967 Belair - perfect floor, frame and pinchwelds. Oh boy.


 
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rick1965 
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10-16-17 08:24 AM - Post#2711010    
    In response to Rick Dorion

i did exactly that, i aligned the new z bar bracket on the frame,clamped it down and drilled two pilot holes. ran the heavy duty self taps in,painted it black and ready to rock. works just fine on my 65 ss.



 
DOC396 
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10-16-17 11:15 AM - Post#2711021    
    In response to Rick Dorion

As a aid to guide were to install on the frame, cut a length of threaded rod and screw in bell housing z bar pivot ball hole, you will know just were to mount the tab.



 
66cayne 
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10-16-17 11:32 AM - Post#2711022    
    In response to Rick Dorion

Most any exhaust or body shop can do the simple weld required.



 
Rick Dorion 
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10-16-17 02:03 PM - Post#2711041    
    In response to 66cayne

Thanks everyone.

1967 Belair - perfect floor, frame and pinchwelds. Oh boy.


 
astrojet427 
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10-17-17 01:50 PM - Post#2711169    
    In response to DOC396

  • DOC396 Said:
As a aid to guide were to install on the frame, cut a length of threaded rod and screw in bell housing z bar pivot ball hole, you will know just were to mount the tab.



A simple great solution for alignment. Will have to remember that one.

1967 Impala SS. 327-Turbo 400; 12 bolt-3.55 gears. A few photos of my '67.

1972 Corvette Convertible Mille Miglia Red 4 speed.

1963 Cadillac Eldo-Triple Black.


 
bigbowtielover 
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11-13-17 11:08 AM - Post#2714257    
    In response to Rick Dorion

I just did it. I drilled two holes in bracket and tapped two holes in frame. Frame is not really thick enough to prevent stripping out threads from stress of using a heavy clutch. I added nuts to bottom side. Was very hard to tighten them but it's working. As soon as I get it all up and running I'm going to weld it on. Just can't weld anything where I'm building it due to power coming from 150 feet away and not that good. Blows breakers.lol. Rotational forces will pull bracket towards firewall so bolt placement is important. Factory welded it at front and side of bracket. I will do same after.



 
Rick Dorion 
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11-14-17 05:29 AM - Post#2714330    
    In response to bigbowtielover

Good input. I think I'll do the same. Thanks.

1967 Belair - perfect floor, frame and pinchwelds. Oh boy.


 
bigbowtielover 
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11-18-17 09:48 PM - Post#2714908    
    In response to Rick Dorion

Mine is working great. Been driving it a bit since completing frame swap .



 
Rick Dorion 
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11-20-17 04:45 AM - Post#2715042    
    In response to bigbowtielover

Do you have a pic of where you drilled the holes? I had been thinking of having them parallel to the firewall plane.

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