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06 Mar 2015 11:41 #615 by oestek
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Here’s a video feature of the car upon completion.

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01 Mar 2017 15:03 #3567 by oestek
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The ‘69 Chevelle is coming back to the shop for a cool upgrade… it’s getting a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed conversion with a package from Modern Driveline. We’ll post pics and video of the conversion soon.


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13 Dec 2017 14:16 #3939 by oestek
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The owner drove this ‘69 for a while, but eventually decided it was time to dump the automatic transmission in favor of a manual. His hesitation was that he didn’t want to have to fight with a heavy clutch, but we teamed up with Modern Driveline to propose a hydraulic actuated clutch for an easier and smoother pedal effort. We then proposed a 5-speed manual Tremec TKO 600 with an overdrive gear for better highway manners than the TH400 automatic with its 3000 RPM stall speed and 3.73:1 rear gear.

Modern DriveLine components including the aluminum bellhousing, Superior clutch, hydraulic throw-out bearing, and billet flywheel.



Tremec TKO 600 transmission with bellhousing installed awaiting test-fitting under the ‘69.



Initial fit showing the shifter position in the original tunnel.



A bit of the tunnel will need to be replaced to bring the transmission up high enough to achieve proper driveline angles.





New supplied transmission tunnel installed and primed:


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13 Dec 2017 14:20 #3940 by oestek
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Slipping the TKO in place for the final install:



Shifter hole opened to required size and console wiring peeking through:



New Hurst shifter and boot installed



Console installed and converted to 4-speed use:



Re-sized drive shaft awaiting primer and paint:


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13 Dec 2017 14:23 #3941 by oestek
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Once installed, the hydraulic clutch master cylinder reservoir is barely visible behind the brake booster.





Inside the car, it appears just as it would with a factory installed Muncie 4-speed, except for one more gear on the Hurst shift ball…




Tremec TKO 600 Modern Driveline 5-Speed Video Link:

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