Following the streetable theme of the engine, we needed drivetrain components that would survive in traffic. A call to Tremec netted us one of its T56 Magnum six-speed gearboxes. Even though you may not think of it as a race trans, the T56 Magnum is an incredibly versatile transmission. It has a tall First gear (2.97:1) and a very low Sixth gear (0.50:1), which gives us an amazing blend of acceleration with fuel economy. The trans bolts right to the engine with an SFI-approved bellhousing from Quick Time Performance. Inside the bell, we used a 10.5-inch twin disc clutch from RAM Automotive. The clutch hold may more power than our 358ci powerplant is going to put to it, but it also has a nearly effortless pedal for easy driving in traffic. We reused the truck’s hydraulic system for the clutch, and American Powertrain sent us a billet hydraulic throwout bearing to complete the assembly.

Given that the entire combination is rather unconventional, we called Mark at the Axle Exchange and he built us a custom 4-inch aluminum driveshaft. Behind that, sits the 9-inch speedway rearend housing (0.01 degree of camber, and 1/16 toe out on the right side), which we got from Tiger Rearends (thanks Gerald!). The rear is filled with a center section and axles from Quick Performance in Ames, Iowa. The center section has a Detroit Tru-Trac limited-slip differential and 4.10 gears.

With a repurposed engine and some great new parts, our power and drivetrain is going to be hard to beat in the fun department. Engines like this are out there. And in many cases, they can be altered to fit many different rulebooks. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity and you can have a unique, yet powerful combination!


Sources

American Powertrain

931/646-4836

www.americanpowertrain.com

Axle Exchange

973/808-2800

www.axle-exchange.com

Cometic Gaskets

800/752-9850

www.cometic.com

Comp Cams

800/999-0853

www.compcams.com

Ford Racing Performance Parts

800/367-3788

www.fordracingparts.com

Jones Racing Products

610/847-2028

www.jonesracingproducts.com

Moroso

203/453-5200

www.moroso.com

MPR Racing Engines

561/588-0188

mprracingengines@aol.com

Quick Performance

515/232-0126

www.quickperformance.com

QuickTime

216/658-6413

www.lakewoodindustries.com

RAM Clutches

803/788-6034

www.ramclutches.com

Tiger Rearends

704/603-4431

www.tigerrearend.com

Total Seal

623/587-7400

www.totalseal.com

Tremec

734/456-3700

www.tremec.com

SOURCE
Moroso Performance Products
80 Carter Drive
Guilford
CT  06437
203-453-6571
http://www.moroso.com/
Axle Exchange
Fairfield
NJ
973-808-2800
www.axle-exchange.com
RAM Clutches
201 Business Park Boulevard
Columbia
SC  29203
803-788-6034
http://www.ramclutches.com
Cometic Gasket
8090 Auburn Road
Concord
OH  44077
440-354-0777
www.cometic.com
Ford Racing Performance Parts
15021 Commerce Drive S
Suite 200
Dearborn
MI  48120
800-FOR-D788
http://www.fordracingparts.com
American Powertrain
931-646-4836
http://www.americanpowertrain.co
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Quick Performance
515-232-0126
http://www.quickperformance.com/
Total Seal
Phoenix
AZ
800-874-2753
http://www.totalseal.com
Jones Racing Products
72 Annawanda Road
Ottsville
PA  18942
610-847-2028
www.jonesracingproducts.com
QuickTime Inc.
2397 Jewell Ave
Oskaloosa
IA  52577
641-673-4468
http://www.quicktimeinc.com
Tiger Rear Ends
704-636-7029
http://www.tigerrearend.com
Tremec
14700 Helm Court
Plymouth
MI  48170
800-401-9866
www.ttcautomotive.com
Comp Cams
3406 Democrat Road
Memphis
TN  38118
800-999-0853
http://www.compcams.com
MPR Racing Engines
170 Commerce Road
Boynton Beach
FL  33426
561-588-0188
http://mprracingengines.webs.com
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