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Thread: 55 Auto to Manual Conversion

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    I dont think having a 57 linkage has anything to do with the oil filter clearance. The benefit of the 57 stuff is it is a better design than the first 2 years. You need a 57 Z bar if you get 57 lower rod and release fork. . All 3 years are different.

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    My 55 bellcrank had to be cut and narrowed to clear oil filter.

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    The 56-57 z-bars are wider not narrower and the engine side pivot is moved toward the engine not the other way.

    If you have z-bar to filter interference something is not stock and doing whatever was done has created the interference problem.

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    I have no idea what is stock so to be safe would you recommend 57 parts? Also, what do I do about the bushing and pivot ball? Thanks?

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    The tube width was fine, it was the inner lever that hit in oil filter area and had to be moved away from oil filter.

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    That sounds easier.

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    Ok, which is better? Get 55 parts and not modify with bushings or change pivot or go with 57 parts and make necessary changes? Thanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_L View Post
    Chevelle parts won't work.

    The clutch linkage parts are different for each year, 55-57. Far as I know only the 57 stuff has the whole set reproduced.

    The part of the 55-56 sets that's not reproduced is the clutch fork and the linkage rod that goes from the z-bar to the clutch fork. However you can use the 57 clutch fork and lower linkage rod with the 55 or 56 z-bar. The 57 fork is a better design anyway. East Coast Chevy in PA sells the parts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rustaddict View Post
    I dont think having a 57 linkage has anything to do with the oil filter clearance. The benefit of the 57 stuff is it is a better design than the first 2 years. You need a 57 Z bar if you get 57 lower rod and release fork. . All 3 years are different.
    Here is where Iím a little confused. Can I use a 57 clutch fork and lower rod with a 55 z-bar or not? Thanks!

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    Yes you can.

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    Thanks Rick!
    Jesus is my pilot! I am the co-pilot.

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