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Old 01-30-2019, 02:23 PM
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Time to get back on this project... I intended to push through the swap and get it done quickly but life happend. Here is where I'm starting from today:


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Crossmember being welded up by Martin at Monster Miata.

Test fit in my car. notice how the lower control arm sets into the frame rail, giving more space between the frame rails. The crossmember is beefy, it should hold up to whatever torsional braking loads I can throw at it. I like this design, Martin did his homework.

That's a Mast Oil Pan, it clears the power rack.
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:28 PM
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where you at in Florida?
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Flavaquero View Post
where you at in Florida?
I'm in Brevard.

A few more pics of the work I've already done. I think I'm going to re-do the diff mount, it will look more or less the same but right now, the forward brace is 5 pieces, I'm going to remake it so the front vertical bar portion is one continuous piece.



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I had this t56 from a lt1 car and decided to swap it over to a LS style and use it for this project. I needed to swap the front cover, input shaft, press bearing, re-shim, etc. This was my first time into a manual transmission, great learning experience. Fortunately, everything inside looked good.

Not a bad idea to check your bellhousing runout, but with a T56 bellhousing, unlike most transmissions there is no suitable place to check runout. You can bolt the transmissions front cover onto the bellhousung and check it on the bearing race.
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I did the same thing with my T56. I replaced all the bearings, syncros and any other wear part. My struggle was the shift rods. Shimming the shaft end play was chore too. Many folks upgrade the shift fork.
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It was a challenge for sure. It was my first transmission and the reference material that's available isn't great for a first timer. I watched every video I could find, none of them were complete, but I learned enough to pull it off. The next one will be a breeze. I didn't need to upgrade anything in this one, it only had a few thousand miles on it, and it came new with typical "viper spec" upgrades.

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