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leddy #33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted September 11, 2005 11:39 PM  
I have a 90' camaro that i can build a car out of. it is just sitting in my yard collecting dust, but the thing runs and i am a welder so i am going to tinker with it and try to stiffen it up real good. it will be a pure stock with strict rules, small cams and Stock suspension. The wheel base rule is 101", so that is not a problem.

My question is does anybody use the 5 speed transmissions for dirt tracking? if not why?

I have searched all over this board and i could not find one comment about this transmission.

Anybody got any info? Thanks

Also, if you have other comments about this type of car i would love to hear them. I will take all of the info i can get.


[This message has been edited by leddy #33 (edited September 12, 2005).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 188
posted September 12, 2005 07:06 AM  
Yes, the T-5 tranny is a great one for dirt track racing. It is strong and light weight. If I had one, or could get one for less then $500 I would use it.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 255
posted September 12, 2005 08:13 AM  
I would double check the rules first, around here most pure stock, bomber etc, require and automatic transmission.

leddy #33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted September 13, 2005 01:15 PM  
It is legal at the tracks i will be racing as long as the clutch is stock.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 100
posted September 13, 2005 04:30 PM  
i used to have about a 350 horsepower mustang....drove it on street...went through 3 t-5s....they are not as strong as you think....mustangs and chevys use the same borg warner t5..different input shaft (splines are different). they have real weak clutch forks...say you slam it from first to second, or second to third..and dont have the clutch the whole way bends the forks... in my honest opionin...ditch it, build up a glide or turbo350 and run it in second.... they are twice as strong as a t5

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 82
posted September 14, 2005 07:07 PM  
I've never run one in a circle track car, but have had plenty in Mustangs and they are good transmissions as long as you don't beat on them. They went through multiple variations throughout production in Mustangs - I would assume the same holds true for the Camaro, but have never researched it. They came out in 83 in Fords and seems like every couple of years they upgraded them a little bit internally. One thing to watch is depending on your final drive the ratios for gears are different in some of them - the 4 cyl mustangs had different ratios and torque capacities then V8s. The aftermarket "World Class" that you could buy had a 2.95 instead of a 3.35. We've rebuilt a couple and internally they look like good units - I wouldn't try to run a bunch of power through one in 5th gear though! All of my running on the track here is done in one gear so I don't know why a T5 wouldn't work well - just don't bang the gears and don't speed shift it on pavement at 6200rpms into 3rd - they don't like that. Best bet would be to get your final ratio so you could use 4th (1:1) in it.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted September 15, 2005 12:12 AM  
I got a question with the T-5's. A friend of my dad's messes with Mustangs a lot and he came over and I have a T-5 out of an S-10. He looked it over and all and said that it was a good one but the shifter is in a different location than it would be for a Stang or Camaro. It came out from behind a V-6 4.3L not the 4 cyl. From the looks of it I can change the top cover and tailhousing and that will relocate the shifter back to the tail housing like a Mustang trans. Anyone ever done this?? Also its for sale if anyone wants it I'll take what I gave for it $200.

Oh and why did I buy it?? I have an older S-10 with a 4 speed and I was going to change it to 5-speed but the 5-speed uses the electrical speedo sensors and all, decided not to mess with it and just put my 4-speed in it.

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