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Post by DiscoMalibu on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:41 am

Ok well, I've been planning to install a 4spd in the Disco Malibu but with time/money constraints I haven't bought the parts yet. I still need do the floor pans, paint the undercarriage and buy a new fuel tank.

At this point i'm just trying to plan everything out. My question is, the Parts Place, Inc. offers two conversion kits. One kit has an 8 3/4" bell crank while the other has an approximately 10" bell crank. I'd imagine the shorter one would be for a big block while the other for a small block. scratch I'm dropping a 350 into this thing. Their page does not specify what application each bell crank is used for. Does anyone here have a small block running a 4spd? Could someone measure it for me and let me know? I'd greatly appreciate it, I hate ordering parts and then finding out I have to send it back because I didn't do my home work.

Thanks and happy gear-bangin'!
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Re: 4spd Conversion

Post by Joe73 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:48 pm

Just checked mine. I have a 350. Little tight getting in there with the tape measure but look like about 9 inches. So I'd go with the 8 3/4". Good Luck
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Re: 4spd Conversion

Post by DiscoMalibu on Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:00 am

Thanks, I appreciate it! Smile
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:26 am

I was looking at the post again and you would think the shorter one would be for the small block. I guess the big block might sit a little higher or maybe the block tapers more to the bottom. Got me on that one. But mine is about 8 3/4".
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Re: 4spd Conversion

Post by BicknellWelding on Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:57 pm

I emailed this question to The Parts Place. They didn't know which one I would need. I was going to buy the kit with one size, and buy the other separate, then return the one I didn't need. This conversion is on my list. If I can ever find the time to get back to "Ethel". Really looking forward to watching you get this setup into yours.
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Re: 4spd Conversion

Post by 77mali on Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:02 pm

I have the 77 shop manual. Will look @ it and post if mentioned. The earlier cars are Muncie correct?

Edit: 77 book covers 3 & 4 speed Saginaw 76mm & an 83mm Warner 4 speed- no mention of clutch fork size, sorry, shows diagrams though. If you want I can try & take a pic of the pages. This might be worth checking too?

http://www.drivetrain.com/parts_catalog/manual_transmission_rebuild_kits_and_parts/chevrolet_celebrity_chevelle_el_camino_and_malibu__manual_transmission_rebuild_kits.html#CHEVELLE_ELCAMINO_MALIBU


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Re: 4spd Conversion

Post by DiscoMalibu on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:03 pm

I'm dying to get this thing together. I'll be grabbing this kit once the funds are availible which won't be for a while. I figured I'd try to find someone with this setup in their car in order to get an idea of what I'll need. Thanks Joe! I don't understand why they sell the parts but are not sure which kit is for what application? Neutral

I'm dropping a Saginaw 4spd in it which was out of my 1980 El Camino factory 4spd. (RIP Sad ) I have a lot of work to do before the drivetrain even meets its new home. I have a lot of time and money to spend in the meantime.
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