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T56 to 400 small block

 
harvey-s30 harvey-s30
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/20/13
07:28 AM

I have a 74 datsun 260z with a mildly built 400 in it. Right now I currently have a 350 turbo with a hurst quarter stick in it. I am wanting to swap a t56 in it but after all my searching I still havent found out if it will bolt to my block or not. I got the motor from a friend over a year ago so Im not sure as to exactly what the motor came out of and what year it is. Does anyone know if it will bolt up or not??   Confused  

76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 854 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 01/20/13
10:04 AM

The engine is good to go you need the correct Bell housing like a late 80's Camaro I don't know if that tranny is the one that sits kinda rotated from Straight up and down or not but you can look that up as easily as I can.  

harvey-s30 harvey-s30
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/20/13
10:17 AM

So if I get the t56 transmission I'd have to find a bell housing off an 80s camaro. What bell housing would I need? Would it matter if it was an auto or manual, or v8 or v6?? Thanks for your help, sorry im still new to chevrolet, my last datsun was an RB motor so this is alot differant to me (lovin it though)  

76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 854 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 01/20/13
02:51 PM

Automatics don't use a clutch so when you remove the Auto you need the Bellhousing for the Manual clutch and the T-56 bolts to that.I myself would just use a 200r auto trans the Datsun is a light weight car and the OD trans would be Great as would the T-56 but easier to Install for you.  

harvey-s30 harvey-s30
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/20/13
06:00 PM

Why would i need the bellhousing off an 80sexternally camaro. Everyone has been telling me the t56 will bolt to the 400track i just need a differant flywheel. Is this true??  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 01/20/13
06:58 PM

90+% of automatics have the bellhousing as an integral part of the transmission while most manuals have a seperate bellhousing

you need the correct bellhousing to mate your selected transmission to the block you have  
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harvey-s30 harvey-s30
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/20/13
09:36 PM

Yea i understand that but on hybridz, and from everything ive googled, it says the t56 bellhousing will bolt to my block. Anyone know if there is any truth to that. If so, why would i need the bellhousing off an 80s camaro???  

redneckjoe69 redneckjoe69
Addict | Posts: 2337 | Joined: 03/10
Posted: 01/21/13
12:17 AM

Icon Quoteharvey-s30:
Yea i understand that but on hybridz, and from everything ive googled, it says the t56 bellhousing will bolt to my block. Anyone know if there is any truth to that. If so, why would i need the bellhousing off an 80s camaro???

because t-56s were used by chevy, ford and dodge,...to the best of my knowledge.

    heres a good thread about a t-56 swap.   lots of pics, info, part numbers and prices, etc.    it might take awhile to read through it all, but should give you an idea of whats involved.

  click on link.
http://www.thirdgen.org/techboard/transmissions-drivetrain/452246-my-t56-swap-thread.html  

76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 854 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 01/21/13
05:29 AM

Sir If I may;   A Manual Transmission Does Not BOLT to the BLOCK It BOLTS To A BELLHOUSING that Is BOLTED to The BLOCK,. IF your T-56 came with a bellhousing Attached to it and it IS a Chevy Bellhousing Than Yes It will bolt On.But you Also need a Clutch ASSy.and linkage and a clutch Pedal in the Car. Have Fun.  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 01/21/13
09:24 AM

FWIW

Most if not all the imports I've worked on, the bellhousing is part of the trans on manuals & automatics. IF I correctly understood what he wrote, this guy has import experience but new to domestics. This may be the cause of some confusion on the part of both sides of the conversation.  
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