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#565598 - May 30th 2012 4:05 pm Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: May 09th 2006 12:00 pm
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Loc: Springfield, Illinois
Its not a WC, but if your not doggin it and keep up on maintenance it should serve you well, make sure to get the offset plate on top of the trans, it moves the shifter to the drivers side and makes it much more comfortable to drive.
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#565613 - May 30th 2012 4:51 pm Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Im not really worried about being WC or NWC. As long as i can get one from atleast a 4.3 itll hold up. I just wasnt to sure about the ones from the 2.8 and 2.5. Im sure if a s10 or astro with a 4.3 can snatch around loads all day my old straight 6 shouldnt hurt it none.
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#566101 - June 01st 2012 11:58 pm Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: January 01st 2008 10:24 am
Posts: 3428
Loc: louisville, ky
I did this exact swap. swapped in a camaro 5 speed. I did not swap to the S-10 shift. It puts the shifter a little far back but it wasn't terrible. The s10 tail shaft would probably keep you from having to cut through the support in the floor that I had to cut through and cap off. We later took that trans and put it in a club members 79 short where it currently resides. The cross support I had to cut in my long wheel base was not in the same place as in the shorty.

My trans came from a camaro/firebird but honestly I never asked if it was from a v8 car. I just bought a clutch, modded my cross member and put it on. I loved it. I was REALLY hard on it and it held up just fine. Alex is rompin on it now. Sometimes ignorance is bliss i suppose.

there is a website called t5swap.com I think. it is the t5 swap authority. helps you identify different versions and stuff. great resource. google it. good luck.
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#566104 - June 02nd 2012 12:09 am Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Great. I actually just located one from a 87 atro that had the 4.3. Seems like it should have a good shift location kinda like the s-10. Ill check that website out. Thanks
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#566118 - June 02nd 2012 2:19 am Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Loc: Springfield, Illinois
Sweet! I cant wait to see this done! Can i take it around the block when its in? lol
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#566127 - June 02nd 2012 4:14 am Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Loc: blountstown FL.
I plan to try and take as many pics as possible when i do it incase anyone else needs to do it.
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#566181 - June 02nd 2012 2:33 pm Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
drifter2001 Offline
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Registered: March 26th 2012 9:56 pm
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Loc: Arkansas
I bought a 4.3 vortec for a service van it was a astro. Ran out of everything couldn't kill that motor for nothing

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#566188 - June 02nd 2012 3:03 pm Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: April 13th 2011 1:37 pm
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Loc: blountstown FL.
Im not useing a 4.3 engine, just a 5 speed standard that was behind it.
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#566257 - June 03rd 2012 12:51 am Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: January 01st 2008 10:24 am
Posts: 3428
Loc: louisville, ky
I don't know for a fact but I believe the s10 and astro shifter location is the same. Which is great. You'll love the T5. It really adds a ton of in town drivability to the van. plus slammin down to 4th on the highway and passin folks is great unlike with the 3 speed. there ain't any goin down to 2nd. that's just violent.

I have some pictures of how I modified my transmission crossmember and where my shifter came through. that was really all I had to do other than shorten the driveshaft. I think it took about a week to do the swap. My van was an 85 with factory 3 on the floor so it was pretty simple. If I read right you have the same setup.
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#566318 - June 03rd 2012 11:02 am Re: HELP PLEASE! [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: April 13th 2011 1:37 pm
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Loc: blountstown FL.
Almost the same. Mine is a 3 speed on the colum but your rite, there aint no droping to second.lol. That motor would jump out and run back home if i did lol
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