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Tremec TKO 600

Post by Meat Drapes » Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:17 am

I went and bought the kit that has everything for my '79 BU.
Going to relplace my stock Saginaw that I blew 1st gear out of.
I will take pictures of everything, but will need help posting them( that is if anyone is interested).
My wife is ######, the kit was $3K and I begged for forgiveness rather then ask for permission.

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Post by 79' Landau » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:58 am

I would like to do that swap someday too. 3k is a chunk of money, but it would be nice to lose the saginaw and gain a gear .......Post some pics. :)

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Re: Tremec TKO 600

Post by Longroof79 » Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:46 pm

Meat Drapes wrote:I went and bought the kit that has everything for my '79 BU.
Going to relplace my stock Saginaw that I blew 1st gear out of.
I will take pictures of everything, but will need help posting them( that is if anyone is interested).
My wife is ######, the kit was $3K and I begged for forgiveness rather then ask for permission.

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It's hard to maintain a happy medium between the wife and buying goodies for the car. I hope you're able to work it out and not be put in the dog house for too long...good luck! 3 G's is no doubt a good chunk a change..
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Updates include new A/C, built 200-4R trans, 3.42 gears, tinted glass, etc.
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Re: Tremec TKO 600

Post by WEBBER » Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:00 am

Meat Drapes wrote:I went and bought the kit that has everything for my '79 BU.
Going to relplace my stock Saginaw that I blew 1st gear out of.
I will take pictures of everything, but will need help posting them( that is if anyone is interested).
My wife is ######, the kit was $3K and I begged for forgiveness rather then ask for permission.

It's easier to ask for forgiveness , than permission. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Meat Drapes » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:59 pm

I called Keisler Engineering today to make sure everything was going smooth. Not even close.
The tranny takes 4 weeeks. Once that arrives it must be installed AND THEN a measurement taken to have the driveshaft built. I thought the kit was already thought out and ready to go based on the year make and model. The crossmember must be custom FABRICATED from scratch and I am being told THREE MONTHS!!! #### tunnel needs to be 'adjusted' to accept the new shifter location. Maybe there was fine print I didnt read, I thought this was going to be a little easier. I am a shade tree mechanic that keeps his tools in a tupaware thing.

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Post by beachbum29 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:28 pm

I've heard bits and pieces of that setup... the crossmember is a new one, hadn't heard that one before... But, I was told that it would fit the factory location? if that's not the case, I really don't want to hack up my factory 4 speed floor... please keep us posted.. I was looking into doing this swap myself...
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Post by Longroof79 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:13 pm

Yeah, they made it sound like it was a direct fit...I guess you always have to read the fine print and try to find as much feedback as you can on a product. I'm sure once you get it together, it will be awesome. The TKO is by far a stronger gear box compared to your typical T5.
Jack :roll:
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Post by Got Torque » Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:27 pm

Aftre hearing all that crap i'd go with a Richmond or buy a Tremec trans and do the rest my self.
Why pay them all that money for the kit when everything has to be custom made anyway?
Kind of like going to Mc D for lunch and buy a Chateau De Briand they don't have :lol: :lol:
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Post by Meat Drapes » Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:07 am

I was under the impression everything was boxed and ready to go. The salesman left all of that out. Who knows how long my car will be out of action now. The total price was $3042. Keisler just charged my card $1K... over a week after I started this. Not sure what they are doing.
At least as I prep the car, I can fix a bunch of little stuff that needs attention. Just noticed I can see the ground through the floorboards as I peel the carpet back. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!

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Post by Got Torque » Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:40 am

So they have already jumped ahead and putting the hurt on you rcard huh!?

I guess that is one way to make sure they don't loose you as a customer after telling you it would take a number of weeks to get the parts...

Mmm, rust....no fun at all. But you can always do a "pimp my ride special floorboard fix" and screw some sheet metal over everything :lol: :lol:
Maybe that transmission kit was supposed to take a while so you have time to fix the rust? If you believe in fate that is...
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Post by Meat Drapes » Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:23 pm

The latest on Keisler from them. I called on monday and asked for them to send me the sheet metal early so I can be ready for whenever the transmission gets here .One of the customer reps calls me today and states that there are TWO tunnel adjustments I can go with. I could cut my ENTIRE hump out and move it back ( very original ) or go with the kit that is supplied with everything I bought. The sheet metal that comes with it is very easy to use according to them. But of course you have to buy a NEW boot and adapter which they dont tell you about until later. I tell them no.
I get home and UPS has been to the house. Much to my chagrin the boxes are from none other then KEISLER ENG. They are labeled 2 of 3 and 3 of 3. I open them and find the shifter and clutch disk and knob and all the other stuff needed for the install. The biggest suprise is the really nice looking CROSSMEMEBER!! Yes...the same one they told me would take three months. I am not complaining yet. The tranny needed to be signed for so its going to get picked up by me from UPS directly. Could things be on the up and up? I will let you know.

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Post by 80bu » Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:30 pm

good luck to you man,seems like that swap was a night mare.
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Post by Got Torque » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:50 pm

Sounds like you are back on the winning streak again!
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Post by Meat Drapes » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:22 am

My first problem.
I got a clutch disk from Keilser that is 10 1/2 inches. The clutch that came out of my car is 10 3/8s ??? It seems the pressure plate is a hair too small. I have never done a clutch before. I have done valve bodies and swapped out automatics and torque convertors, but never a manual. Am I seeing things? Clutch and pressure plate say "Made in China" too. I really hate those three words with a passion.

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Post by Got Torque » Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:53 pm

I thought chevy only had 10,5" clutches and larger!?
What brand is the clutch?

I have a few new Hayes clutch discs laying around in the garage i could measure to if they too are 10 3/8".
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Malibu 2dr -79 with the body off the frame for some reason..awaiting attention. Goal to be rolling in 2009.
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