Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Model A to T5 adapters....
Well, they are finally here! Connect a "modern" T5 5 speed to your original 28-31 Model A engine.
This adapter uses the AA truck bell housing to adapt the '83 to '96 GM T5's to your banger engine. The adapter includes an integrated pedal shaft in the correct location so no modification have to be made to the original floor boards. It also has both T5 bolt patterns...the standard '83-early '93 GM "Muncie" pattern as well as the late '93 to '96 S-10 with the Ford pattern.
The kit includes the following:
- AA bellhousing adapter plate
- Pedal shaft
- Correct diameter pilot bearing
- Collar for the release bearing
- All hardware
If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email.
You might be wondering why we chose to use the AA bell housing over the stock passenger bell. Well, there as several reasons. First, the AA bell is about 2.5" shorter. This allows us not to have to use an extension on the input shaft of the T5. The T5 input shaft is actually quite a bit shorter than the original 3 speed transmission and doesn't even come close to reaching the flywheel with the passenger bell. With the AA bell housing, you have to trim 5/8" off of the pilot diameter and everything else lines up quite nicely. Also, since the overall package is shorter, the original cross member, if left in place, needs much less modifications. The AA bellhousing also lends itself very nicely to allowing for the use of both T5 bolt patterns. The '93-'96 T5 seem much easier to acquire at a reasonable cost.
Posted by Dave at Vintage Metalworks at 8:46 AM