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5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by mikeym » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:33 am

Hi, guys!

I understand that there is a 5-speed conversion out there. Is it compatible with a '66 Saginaw? Is it any good, durability-wise?

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by bbodie52 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:54 pm

:welcome2: Welcome to the Corvair Forum!

The five-speed manual transmission you referred to was a replacement transmission that was in limited production, was problematic and expensive, and is no longer available.

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by toytron » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:29 am

It is still being discussed on the other forum.

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by notched » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:42 am

There were less than 20 made. Kent Sullivan knows where most of the went or are located. Kent has stated that they have no plans to make any more.
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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by Allan Lacki » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:46 am

If you're just looking for lower revs at highway speeds, you could go to a 3:08 to 1 diff ratio. That would be a lot easier than trying to adapt a five-speed transmission to your Corvair.

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by Wagon Master » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:54 am

bbodie52 wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:54 pm
:welcome2: Welcome to the Corvair Forum!

The five-speed manual transmission you referred to was a replacement transmission that was in limited production, was problematic and expensive, and is no longer available.

:welcome:
http://corvaircenter.com/phorum/read.ph ... 068,page=7

I knew it was too good to be true.

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by bbodie52 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:36 am

Here is a picture, some information text, and a link to the original advertisement...

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Shift Your Corvair Into Overdrive

With The World's Only 5 speed!

The new AMERICAN BOXER R&D, LLC 5-speed, based on the venerable Borg Warner T-5, is a giant leap forward in getting the most out of your Corvair. From mileage to performance you haven't experienced anything quite like the feeling of shifting your Corvair into overdrive.

You will marvel as you purr along in 5th gear at 60 miles per hour, turning barely 2200 RPM (depending on configuration) compared to 3000 RPM with your current transmission. See the chart for available ratios and how they compare to your stock set up.

The transmission is available as a complete unit and is sold with the custom mounting bracket, shift linkage, and all necessary installation hardware included. You can contact us directly by calling Linn Richardson at (425) 485-9807. Or send inquiries by e-mail to: aboxer@juno.com.

Improve Your Fuel Economy*
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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by azdave » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:41 pm

It certainly was not a bolt-in solution like we all wish for. The tranny sticks through the back seat and look how high the shift rod is located.
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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by mikeym » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:41 am

Ooooo! I get it! You're right! NOT the simple solution I hoped for!

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Re: 5-Speed conversion?

Unread post by martyscarr » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:12 am

Allan Lacki wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:46 am
If you're just looking for lower revs at highway speeds, you could go to a 3:08 to 1 diff ratio. That would be a lot easier than trying to adapt a five-speed transmission to your Corvair.
The above is what I did on my 65 Monza. I used a 62-63 4 speed for the lower first gear, and with a 3.08 diff it makes for a very nice freeway cruiser. Thanks to Craig Nicol for the suggestion years ago. :tu:

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