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Username Post: 92 s10 5speed in my 65 el camino        (Topic#351800)
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06-30-18 06:55 AM - Post#2738579    

i am considering putting a 5 speed in my 65 el camino. currently it has a 4 speed muncie. since i installed a 3.55 rear end the cruise rpms are a little more than i like.
what problems might i run into during this change over?
such as clutch linkeage,clutch and pplate etc.will the shifter be in the same place as the muncie?
i know i will have to modify the driveshaft.

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07-07-18 01:33 PM - Post#2739289    
    In response to 62chevy427

Unless they severely changed things in the S10, you’re going to have a hydraulic servo which will replace the existing linkage. That in and of itself should make things a little better. The clutch master mounts to the firewall and a hard line runs across the top of the bell housing and wraps around to the slave near the starter.

Can’t speak to the measurements.


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07-10-18 01:50 PM - Post#2739592    
    In response to 62chevy427

A 92-earlier S-10 trans will have the correct pattern to bolt to your stock bellhousing. This will let you keep your stock clutch linkage so no hydraulics will be necessary.

You will need to shorten the input shaft and front bearing retainer or else use a commercial spacer plate. You will also need to replace the clutch disc and drill out the holes in the trans ears to clear your stock 1/2" bolts.

One other hiccup is the speedo drive. Depending on the trans year, it may be set up with an electric speedo drive instead of mechanical. Some of these will have a gear-driven pulse generator and those can be replaced with parts to drive a mechanical speedo. If yours is the later design with a tone wheel and sensor, you will have to run an electric speedo or use an adapter like Cable-X.


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