If you've tried to exchange that slushbox for a stick, only to be told "No" by the better half, then you're doing it all wrong. Just be sure to remind her of the extra coin you'll be saving with the increased gas mileage from lower-rpm cruising speeds. Of course, in reality, we're really just jonesing to bang the gears and scratch the tires at every opportunity.

Now if you're wondering why we aren't keeping the four-speed, the short answer is that our projects are not "collectible" Z/28s, Yenkos, or other limited-production models. They're actually being built to be driven, so why not have the best of both worlds?

Of course, swapping over to a manual transmission isn't particularly difficult. In fact, the real challenge comes from gathering all the parts in the first place. Considering we had two projects tossing the factory four-speed Muncie-a '67 Chevelle and a '67 Camaro-in favor of a Tremec overdrive five-speed transmission, finding a complete swap kit was key for a trouble-free installation. Our choice was Classic Chevy 5-Speed's TKO-600, which is offered as one of the most complete conversion swaps on the market for both vehicles. The Classic 5-Speed kit features a McLeod flywheel, clutch, pressure plate, and scattershield for the LS2 mills we're using. The complete hardware package for the conversion includes a new crossmember for the Camaro. (The stock crossmember in the Chevelle works for the swap.) While stock mechanical linkages and pedal assemblies are offered, we opted for the hydraulic-clutch conversion kit. Follow along as we show you the ins and outs of a complete Classic Chevy 5-Speed conversion.

What's The Difference?
Classic Chevy 5-Speed offers you a choice of the TKO-500 or theTKO-600. While the TKO-600 makes for an excellent heavy-duty track piece for dragstrip applications, you also need to note the First gear ratios. Depending on your rearend gearing, many people like to take advantage of the 2.87 First in the TKO-600. Again, it's all in what you want and need.
Model PN 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Torque Rating
TKO-500 4616 3.27 1.98 1.34 1.00 0.68 500 lb-ft
TKO-600 5009 2.87 1.89 1.28 1.00 0.64 600 lb-ft
What's Inside
The Classic Chevy 5-Speed Deluxe TKO kits include the following components:
* All-new TKO-500 or TKO-600 transmission, w/a billet-aluminum Tremec shifter*
* Custom mandrel-bent tubular crossmember, a direct bolt-in
* Energy Suspension polyurethane transmission mount
* Custom mechanical speedometer cable w/integrated adapter and gear (electric speedo kits available)
* Custom-built steel driveshaft w/premium Spicer U-joints and Spicer C6 slip yoke (aluminum optional)
* Roller bearings
* Hurst shift knob in black or white
* Reverse light-switch connector in a pigtail connector
* Complete specialty hardware kit
* Step-by-step instructions
* Optional offset shifter
* Six-month warranty from CC5S on all kit components
* Using the Tremec shifter requires minor modifications to your tunnel. For a no-mod installation, the optional offset shifter is required.
Classic Chevy 5-Speed Livengood Fabrication
300 N. Center Ave., Dept. CHP
NC  28088
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