July has turned into a scorcher in the LA valleys. Â Temperatures in the high 90’s are a daily event and I don’t like it. Â The pace of my old body has slowed down to a crawl and I need to be speeding into my projects. Â I had planned to finish painting the transmission but when it is 80 in the morning I don’t like to shoot acrylic urethane. The weatherman doesn’t see any relief for a few days so I think I will make a few road trips and look at a couple of cars.
I received some comments on yesterday’s K-member, T5 installation, and they were asking about the later Tremec transmission with the stock K-member. Â I did a quick check and came up with one Roy Brizio is doing on a tudor sedan. Â Three pedals are popular today and have always been fun to drive, especially if you can downshift on the freeway without having to grind that old 39 box. Â I am prefer automatics but when I am feeling good, it still excites me to run through the gears on acceleration and deceleration. Â The S-10 unit is relatively inexpensive and makes a good transmission for a hot rod. Â The Tremec is a wonderful transmission but somewhat costly for most. Gary at Cornhusker’s offers a nice adapter that makes the installation a snap. Â If you want to keep that K-member and use a five speed it is not difficult to do. Â I have some more examples to show you.
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Brizio does excellent work and this example of the Tremec installed keeping the K-member shows the modification to the chassis. Â The rear legs are a required addition when adding hp to the chassis.
A modification to the Deuce cross brace will be required for the second hump.
Here is a good look at how the stock K-member was modified to fit the larger transmission.
If you prefer the early stock look this is the setup for your ride. Â The transmission works good but is not for freeway traffic on the I-5 and 100 degree weather. Â If you don’t have a set of stock pedals they make repos. Â Real Deuce pedals are real pricey. ($300 +)
If you prefer something more modern but traditional in looks this SO-CAL chassis works well with just about any transmission. Â I like the old stuff but this is far less expensive and bolts together as you acquire $$$. Â A four speed makes for a nice smooth shifty unit behind that Hemi.
IRS started it all and is still the best in my mind. Â Here is a modified K-member for the 5 speed. Â Looks factory.
For old guys that like the automatics but prefer the stock look you couldn’t ask for anything more than this. Â All hand formed and beautiful. Â Note stock frame next to this one. $$$$
I don’t know if these are still available but they simply bolted to your stock Deuce K-member and rear fender bolt holes. Â Nice work!
If you want to avoid the work required to bring a stock frame back to life this is the way to go. Â Ionia Rod Shop chassis is a work of art and will set you back a few bucks but the end result is worth it. Â Now for that good Deuce VIN *18-XXXXXX!
Today’s Forty Sedan….Dreaming!
Bob is turning out some nice sedans these days. Â I thought this was his keeper but it has been sold and will be coming to Tim for some additional work. Â Note AC lines and solid front axle. Â Yes!