Toyota 5-speed transmission conversions
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I have the literature for the Spitfire unit, will get it up here as soon as I can…
Subj: Re: 5-Speed
Trans - Spitfire, NZ
In the kit, you get the
Subj: Re: 5-Speed Trans - Spitfire, NZ
In a message dated
<< I'm somewhat confused... I was
thinking that the Triumph bell housing was used with the
Yes, they custom cast aluminum bell housings for all sorts of applications.
<< Evidently the location of the slave is less than ideal! The Spitfire slave is on the driver's side above the starter motor bulge in the bell housing.>>
Same for the GT6 except it is on the passenger side. Perhaps CC didn't realize that and used the Spit back half for the casting?
<< On the speedo 90 degree part, did you get one? Is such a part available? >>
No, I did NOT get one and would love one. CC may have believed there would be room for the cable, but even if you COULD get it to screw on (by pulling the transmission out again, for example) you'd never be able to get it to work because of the extreme angle of the bend you'd have to put in the cable -- it'd break or wear out in a hurry.
<< I'd be more inclined to do this if it were more of a straight "bolt in" conversion. I'm not excited about cutting the frame or tunnel(s) (just got a new plastic one)! >>
It really isn't much more than a bolt-in when all is said and done. Remember, your kit will likely be considerably different from mine since mine was for a GT6. Yours may not have the same clearance problems mine had because you don't have those extra 2 cylinders complicating matters. I'd check with people who put one in a Spit. You could always ask CC for names of folks who have purchased one for a Spit. All things considered, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
>However, I'd like to get all the details so I can tell others...
<< Is the
I don't believe it's altered in any way. I have no idea what US model (if any) it's from. CC refers to it being a "Corolla 2T" transmission.
<< The Spitfire and GT6 transmissions
are basicly identical size/package wise. Different
bell housing and ratios (wanna sell you old one
cheap?). We (Dave Childs) just bolted a GT6 engine and transmission into his
Spitfire (just put some pictures on my site
Careful of CAPs, it's case sensitive).>>
I'll be keeping my old transmission around I think, as it's an O/D tranny and I'd like to be able to return the car to bone-stock condition if I want. I'll take a look at the Spit6 conversion -- I'm pretty interested in that project myself (I've got an extra 6 rolling chassis, you see, and not much to do with it.) Do you think it was easier to bolt the GT6 engine and tranny in than it would have been to put a Spit body on a GT6 chassis?
The following is not the box suggested for the Spitfire application
Magazine article, 1993 vintage.