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04-14-2006, 19:22
Reaching out to the GT knowledge base once again.

Looking at installing an LT1 into a 91 Z28 with 305 tpi with SWC T-5
What do I need to make this happen and be reliable???
Anybody here do it yet?

04-14-2006, 21:28

Do an LS1. :supergrin:


04-14-2006, 22:06
Originally posted by Asha'man
Do an LS1. :supergrin:


Gee thanks, the only reason I was going with a LT-1 was because it's available locally and half the price of LS1's, then I gotta add a T-56 and a rear-end capable of handling it all :freak:
I had my SWC T-5 apart and looked at 2 years ago when I had it out. Found an honest guy and he wanted $1800 to rebuild it then, I know 2nd and 3rd gear won't handle 400ftlbs anymore.... :upeyes: :sad:
Know where I can find a cheap LS1?

04-15-2006, 02:31
$1800 to rebuild a T5? Your honest guy must be on crack. I wouldn't think the Camaro T5 is all that different from the Ford T5, and you can get G-Force built T5's for about a grand that'll handle upwards of 600hp. I think you can buy crate LS1's for $3-4 grand brand new, assuming you couldn't find or build one used.

I'm just throwing this out - I play with Mustangs - but I'm sure the LS1 swap could be done without too much trouble or expense.


04-15-2006, 16:05
Go here:

and here:

You'll probably need various wiring/ecm components from these guys too:

Good luck.

04-15-2006, 19:31
Originally posted by triggerjerk
Go here:

and here:

You'll probably need various wiring/ecm components from these guys too:

Good luck.

Thanks Dood!!!

04-17-2006, 08:36
it basically goes right in. the only problem is that the AC will hit the k frame, you either have to notch it, beat it il with a hammer, go without or try and find vette accessory mounting. the fuel pumps are different, you will need a lt1 or id say just get one of the walbro 340s. the rear end should handle it, its the same as what in the 4 gens. the trans will handle it as long as yo dont get crazy with it or run it on slicks. a t56 would be a good swap and goes in fairly easily also, theres also the tremec tko which is popular and very strong.

I wouldn't think the Camaro T5 is all that different from the Ford T5

the ford t5 can handle a lot more power than the camaro one can, dont know why. you couldnt get a z28, 350, with a manual transmission with the 3rd gens becasue the trans couldnt handle the torque, they also had the same problem with the vette during that time. ive seen a mustang do a 10.xx on a stock t5.

04-17-2006, 08:52
Originally posted by loki993
theres also the tremec tko which is popular and very strong.

AMEN to that, Brother!!! TKO would be a direct bolt in, and also VERY STRONG!!!

04-18-2006, 16:42
Mustang T5s are not way stronger than Camaro T5s. They are different and I cant remember how. Ford T5s are weak as hell. Sure they MIGHT not grenade right away but they will start whining as the teeth strip off the cluster gear and input.

The mustang was lighter and made less power than a good 350 so the T5 was able to work behind that...that is until you start powershifting it.

I've contemplated what I'd put in my 88 RS if the motor quit. LT1 seems to be a good trade off. 285 horse rating is pretty decent and yet its affordable. I usually see good engine/trans packages from used LS1 cars going for like 4-5 Gs. An LT1 combo could probably be had for 1500 in good shape. If ya want more power you can also buy the LT4 conversion or do a combo of random parts from the kit like heads and cam.

And yea no honest mechanic rebuilds a T5 for 1800 bucks. What I hear is that if you know what you are doing it takes like an hour or two to rebuild a T5 or 1 day without experience and a manual. I havent seen anyone selling upgraded alloy gears for the chevies though which kind of sucks, but really the T5 camaros arent real common anyways when you need parts. I'm probably going to go with a Gforce in my GT when the time comes. I'd rather save that money for awhile though.

04-20-2006, 17:17
Start looking at a junk yard, or cruise on over to and ask around;) I am a member over there, lots of knowledge

04-22-2006, 01:22
Around here T56 trannys from LT1 F bodys go for ~800. My advice is to not even bother with the T5. It wasn't a good tranny in the late eighties and the years have done nothing for it whereas the T56 is a tank.

From what I understand the actual engine should bolt in. You'll need someone much more skilled in electronics than I for the wiring part.

04-22-2006, 08:50
It's got to be lighter than an NV5600 or for that matter an NV4500........

No, this is not about a 3rd gen Camaro, sorry to intrude but I've got no contacts in the car world any more.

Brian in CA