slimwud wrote:Cool car great sleeper. I have also wanted to shove a stick in my 78 coupe but seems like massive job.
Manual swap wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Not "bolt in", but i was prepared to do much more fabrication than what it actually required.
terry cronk wrote:That's a sleeper alright. And a stick shift no less.
Personally I would have gone with an 4L80E. With a 2500 stall and those gears.
Its a matter of choice.
Thanks. 4l80e was my first choice, and actually had one for the car. but the t56 came across as a too good to pass up price, and i had access to the rest of the car it came from to salvage the pedals and everything from. If i had stuck with an auto, i would would not have gone quite as deep with the gears, probably 3.73's instead to control OD cruising RPM, but the with .50:1 6th gear in the T56, 75 MPH cruising is only 1900 RPM.
Since this was last updated, the car has gone to one leg of the power tour last year, been to LS fest and a overall put about 6k miles on the swap. been on the road for almost exactly 1 year.
work never stops on it. This year I have rebuilt the T56 and installed a new clutch (Stock LS7 i had in it didn't last long, wasn't a fan of a local night in "mexico"), Upgraded most of the suspension with new springs and bushings. Have new swaybars to install as well, front and rear.
I bought a parts car to do a full interior swap including the coveted 3rd row seat, as well as a few body panels that are in better shape than my current ones so that will be my winter project coming up. Until then, just serving DD duty and weekend cruising as often as possible.
still looks the same from the outside for now. Had intended to make it a bit faster this fall with better heads/intake/cam combo as I want to get into the 12's with it, but since I bought the parts car it looks like it will get a new look before it goes any faster.