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Hi Folks,

The Keisler Team has joined as a Sponsor, and we would like to help you with any tech questions about swapping in Tremec TKO T56 T45 RS transmissions into Novas.

We have a lot of experience in this, and can help with both commonly asked questions as well as the highly technical questions.

Please feel free to post q's here, and one of our staff members or I will answer them.

Have a Happy 2009!

Shafi Keisler, Pres & Founder
 

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ok so i posted a reply to " jeff " about powershiftin the tko 600 he said you guys would do an internal modification for race use im wondering if i can still drive it on the sreet would the internal mod be something like liberty trans does to muncie borg warner etc.... trans gears can i still use a mechanical clutch set up or would it be better to go hydrolic i was thinkging of building a street strip car so i could compete in the " hot rod drag week " so i would still need to be able to drive it down the freeway and around town just incase i do more " hot rod " stuff
 

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Post Your Tremec Swap Questions for 1962 - 72 Nova
I am going to call my car Rodney as it gets "no respect" :D
Shafi welcome to the site and thanks for being a sponsor, but don't leave out the 75 - 79 Novas, the TKO fits good in them too ;)





The stock crossmember will work if moved back and new holes drilled in the frame rails. Once I get it done I'll put together a "how to" for the 4th gens.
 

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hey shafi!!
thanks for the heads up on the tremec's.i've got a viper T56 going into a 63 nova wagon behind a chevy smallblock.i've purchased the clutch,bellhousing,flywheel,and hydraulic t/o bearing to adapt the two,but i'm not at that stage yet.when the project is at that stage,i'll DEFINATELY be asking some questions:yes:
thanks!!
leftcoast carl.
 

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ok so i posted a reply to " jeff " about powershiftin the tko 600 he said you guys would do an internal modification for race use im wondering if i can still drive it on the sreet would the internal mod be something like liberty trans does to muncie borg warner etc.... trans gears can i still use a mechanical clutch set up or would it be better to go hydrolic i was thinkging of building a street strip car so i could compete in the " hot rod drag week " so i would still need to be able to drive it down the freeway and around town just incase i do more " hot rod " stuff
Hi ChevyIIHeavy,
The synchro blockers are customized.
You can run either mechanical or hydraulic - both will get the job done. The hydraulic requires much less space and is easier to hook up.
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I am going to call my car Rodney as it gets "no respect" :D
Shafi welcome to the site and thanks for being a sponsor, but don't leave out the 75 - 79 Novas, the TKO fits good in them too ;)The stock crossmember will work if moved back and new holes drilled in the frame rails. Once I get it done I'll put together a "how to" for the 4th gens.
Hi Phillip,
Thanks for the warm welcome. That is great info and we have sold a number of these over the years to the gen 3 and 4 X-body cars. Please let me know when you have your write-up done.
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hey shafi!!
thanks for the heads up on the tremec's.i've got a viper T56 going into a 63 nova wagon behind a chevy smallblock.i've purchased the clutch,bellhousing,flywheel,and hydraulic t/o bearing to adapt the two,but i'm not at that stage yet.when the project is at that stage,i'll DEFINATELY be asking some questions:yes:
thanks!!
leftcoast carl.
Hi Carl,

Send me some pics of what you have, and I can help you with getting the shifter/console setup to work best as possible. You might want to take our ChevyII crossmember, and modify it for the install.
 

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If it's any help........here's my install in my '70 Nova from a couple
of years back.
We did our own sheet metal work.
Best money I spent.......next to the 427.

I remember back when you guys started to come out with the
kits.......I sent in an inquiry.
I received a phone call sometime later ......and it was Shafi!
Was sort of cool the owner of the company actually took time to call.








 

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If it's any help........here's my install in my '70 Nova from a couple
of years back.
We did our own sheet metal work.
Best money I spent.......next to the 427.

I remember back when you guys started to come out with the
kits.......I sent in an inquiry.
I received a phone call sometime later ......and it was Shafi!
Was sort of cool the owner of the company actually took time to call.

:thumbsup::beers: Excellent work, Monk !! Please email me your pics and a pic of your car and testimonial, and I'll get it up on the site, and send you a t-shirt, cap, and some other cool stuff. Let me know what size you wear!

Very nice, indeed.:)
 

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ok keisler gurus what trans yoke fits the tko 500/600 i want to use 1350 series ujoints and what cluch slpine do i use im a little confused for im an automatic man ........ speaking of automatics i hear you guys do them as well im looking for an overdrive type that can handle 1000hp i do not want computer controlled converter lockup stuff i want to be able to put a 3800 to 4200 10'' stall converter in it i would like it to shift automatiaclly but still be able to manually shift it as well i would like it to snap my neck to when i sellect gears also when its in drive mode too i dont need kickdown either just wonder what you would charge or if you even do automatics
 

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ok keisler gurus what trans yoke fits the tko 500/600 i want to use 1350 series ujoints and what cluch slpine do i use im a little confused for im an automatic man ........ speaking of automatics i hear you guys do them as well im looking for an overdrive type that can handle 1000hp i do not want computer controlled converter lockup stuff i want to be able to put a 3800 to 4200 10'' stall converter in it i would like it to shift automatiaclly but still be able to manually shift it as well i would like it to snap my neck to when i sellect gears also when its in drive mode too i dont need kickdown either just wonder what you would charge or if you even do automatics
Sounds to me you that you want a built to the house TH400 (lots of expensive billet pieces to replace the stock cast iron drums) with a Gear Vendors Over/Under auxiliary transmission stuck on the back end of the TurboHydramatic. That is the only combination of parts that I know will deliver what you want (but then I don't know it all, and I am willing to listen to any other ideas).

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ok keisler gurus what trans yoke fits the tko 500/600 i want to use 1350 series ujoints and what cluch slpine do i use im a little confused for im an automatic man ........ speaking of automatics i hear you guys do them as well im looking for an overdrive type that can handle 1000hp i do not want computer controlled converter lockup stuff i want to be able to put a 3800 to 4200 10'' stall converter in it i would like it to shift automatiaclly but still be able to manually shift it as well i would like it to snap my neck to when i sellect gears also when its in drive mode too i dont need kickdown either just wonder what you would charge or if you even do automatics
The yoke is a 31 spline unit and is comparable to a C6 Ford automatic yoke. We stock a 1350 slip yoke if you need one. As far as the automatic, our stage 3 is good for 650-700 ft lbs.

We can offer you the neck snapping shifts, manual valve body with engine braking and the torque converter specs you require. You`ll be just under 6 g`s with that package complete. :thumbsup:

The electronics are what really what makes this kit light years ahead of the older mechanical trannys. With our software you can custom tailor your shift points, shift speed, converter lock up, shift firmness and access diagnostic data. It even has a tps wizard to help you set up your throttle position sensor. You also have the dual mode switch that allows you to toggle back and forth between 2 shift calibrations.

You can have mode a for cruising, flip the switch when you get to the track for neck snapping shifts on mode b. These modes can be switched back and forth on the fly. The electronics allow you to have many transmissions in one tidy package!
 

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Nice work guys.I,m going to buy a 5 speed for mine and I would like to know how you cut the hole so nice before patching [ pattern] ?
 

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When is someone going to design a multi bolt explosion proof bell housing that fits Chevy, Buick, Olds, and Pontiac engines? I want to go with the 5 speed eventually, but I don't want to have to get two bell housings as my car will probably start its street life with a crate 350 while I beat the snot out of it I will be building my 501 cid Pontiac engine. Also when will the 6 speed get a redesigned mount that will mount on Pontiac engines without the use of adapters?
 

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When is someone going to design a multi bolt explosion proof bell housing that fits Chevy, Buick, Olds, and Pontiac engines? I want to go with the 5 speed eventually, but I don't want to have to get two bell housings as my car will probably start its street life with a crate 350 while I beat the snot out of it I will be building my 501 cid Pontiac engine. Also when will the 6 speed get a redesigned mount that will mount on Pontiac engines without the use of adapters?
My McLeod bell housing has the dual pattern and will fit a starter on either side.
 

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My McLeod bell housing has the dual pattern and will fit a starter on either side.
i like these units to bad they dont fit all novas i have a 63 and the guys from mcleod said i would have to modify my trans tunnel he told me to just use the lakewood sfi bellhousing :thumbsup:
 
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here's the Lakewood unit i used: http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=LAK-15050&N=700+115&autoview=sku

it needed a slight amount of clearancing for the headers...

i'd recommend trying to go hydraulic if possible with an aftermarket clip. Heidt's centers the engine (1") and that's going to make the z bar too long and will need to be sectioned/shortened. also to clear the inner fender because of the z bar lever a 4" x 4" hole is needed in the inner fender for z bar lever to swing.

here's a Lakewood housing for the T5 tranny that David H used on his '67 with a hydraulic set up that worked great with his Heidt's clip: http://store.summitracing.com/partd...700+400272+310488+4294908216+115&autoview=sku


hope i helped ;)

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All Novas will need floor tunnel mods but dont it scare you, the results are totally worth it! :yes:

i'd say X2 but i think it'd be a higher value than that... absolutely the BEST component on/in my car. now i'm not going to bag on the TKO for racing, but if the car was a dedicated 1/4 mile track car, i'd go with an automatic... but OH Man, on the street, Freeway cruising... i don't think the TKO can be beat... unless you go with a T56 6 speed :D
 
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