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4 speed bellhousing???

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  • 4 speed bellhousing???

    I had a thought after reading a tech article on 4 speed interchange/swaps into v8 Studebakers. While the author mentioned T-10s and toploaders and the like, what was not mentioned, perhaps implied, was the bellhousing i.e. you already have a 4 speed housing

    If one possesses a standard automotive v8 bellhousing can it be redrilled for a T-10 or a toploader or whatever? or is the studebaker 4 speed bellhousing a specificly cast part seperate from the standard v8 bellhousing

    Also what about the truck bellhousing for the T-98? is it's mounting face large enought for anyother transmission possibility?

    Just wondering

    Jeff T.

    "I'm getting nowhere as fast as I can"
    The Replacements.
    \"I\'m getting nowhere as fast as I can\"
    The Replacements.

  • #2
    The early T-10s used a specially cast bellhousing(Chevy bolt pattern). The later T-10s used the same bellhousing as three speed .
    The truck bellhousings do have a large face, the bolt patterns vary between the different trannys and the dimensions of the pilot hole do too.

    3E38
    4E2
    4E28
    5E13
    7E7
    8E7
    8E12
    8E28
    4E2
    59 Lark
    etc

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    • #3
      Which bellhousing offers the most adaptability?

      Currently have a 3-spd in my '53, but am evaluating T5 transplant...

      The T5 has two bolt patterns; Chevy & late Ford. So using a Chevy T5 in one of the early T10 bellhousings would be the way to go??

      Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!
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      Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I\'m one tough sumbiatch!

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      • #4
        The bolt pattern for the T-86 on the '51 through '57 is different than the '58 through '64. The later is supposedly the Ford type. The early Four speeds ('61 and first part of '62) had a bell housing with a bolt pattern the same as the Chevy. In mid '62 they went to the T-86 pattern so all late '62 and all '63 and '64 used the same housing for both the T-86 and the four speed.

        Hope this helps.

        Ted
        quote:Originally posted by Flat Ernie

        Which bellhousing offers the most adaptability?

        Currently have a 3-spd in my '53, but am evaluating T5 transplant...

        The T5 has two bolt patterns; Chevy & late Ford. So using a Chevy T5 in one of the early T10 bellhousings would be the way to go??

        Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!

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