: Turbo 400 Column Linkage-Info needed
Oct 3rd, 04, 10:57 AM
I have 69 Camaro Big Block Clone that is obviously NOT Original. I want to find what I need to hook up Column Automatic Shifter to T-400.
Car has linkage from column to frame bellcrank. What year Camaro parts (??) are needed to go from Frame bellcrank or pivot to T-400 and brkt on T-400 trans. I do not have 69 Camaro assy manual. Could someone please scan and send me JPEG of what I need, or at least tell me what year parts I need to look for??
Thanks so much, Chuck Sharin Seattle CamarosRus@aol.com
Oct 3rd, 04, 12:46 PM
All the parts for a 69 Camaro with a TH350 fit the same as on the TH400 but the rod from the column to the bellcrank has a different part number. 69 up Nova with TH350 will also fit. The rod from the bellcrank to the trans lever is being reproduced. The trans arm for a floor shifted Camaro or Nova will work and is still available from GM. The currently available GM floor shift trans arm isn't 100% correct as it has a slot to attach the shift cable. If the column shift linkage you have on the Camaro now is for a powerglide, don't use it as it is a completely different rod and bellcrank. The detent gate in the steering column for the 350 or 400 is also available from one of GMs obsolete dealers / warehouses, in Wisconsin as I recall.
Oct 3rd, 04, 01:21 PM
We did a column T400 COPO 18 years ago and it was a challenge to find all the pieces.
Don't forget the kickdown switch, bracket, and wiring.
Oct 3rd, 04, 02:30 PM
Does anyone have a picture of the bellcrank? I bought one thinking it was for the backdrive but it has three legs not two. Thanks for letting me butt in.
Oct 3rd, 04, 02:51 PM
The pivot that bolts to the subframe has three legs but the bellcrank itself has only two. If I had a digital camera I'd post a picture. There are accurate drawings in both the Camaro and Nova assembly manuals though.
Oct 3rd, 04, 07:08 PM
To Jon, Gary, William and all, Thanks for the help and advice. HONESTLY I am not performing the work on this car I own. I have relayed this thread to my "builder" to gather more info. If I had correct page of 69 assy manual I'm sure I could SEE what is currently UNCLEAR to me.
Not sure what detent in steering column means and how neutral saftey switch on column connects to ignition swith via small diameter rod????
I've asked for this before but am looking for misc CORRECT parts that indicate gear shift position in dash face......
Thanks, Chuck Sharin Seattle
Oct 4th, 04, 04:49 PM
I think you are talking about two different things, here. One is the safety linkage that only allows the removal of the key when safely in Park (Reverse on manual) That's the part that needs the link from the steering column to the bellcrank on the frame, and another link to the transmission.
The other is the assembly that attaches the dash gear indicator to the column. That piece is just a nylon cord that has a screw clamp on the end that attaches to a slot on the shifter bowl. The clamp is adjusted until the needlepoints to the correct gear on the indicator.
BTW, $25 for an AIM is money well spent!
Oct 4th, 04, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by dyno jonn:
The pivot that bolts to the subframe has three legs but the bellcrank itself has only two. If I had a digital camera I'd post a picture. There are accurate drawings in both the Camaro and Nova assembly manuals though. Thanks dyno john. I guess that I have a Turo 350/400 bellcrank. Looks like the one in the CAM. Another part for ebay.
Oct 4th, 04, 08:29 PM
This particular 69 Big Block (COPO Clone) did not include the A.I.R. "Smog" equip when I bought it....so I decided for a "Day 2" look. I bought Hooker Competition Headers (old school, NOT the Shorties or Super Comps) and had them Ceramic coated.
Found out today from my builder/restorer "I tried to hook up the column shift just to see what parts could be used. With the headers it can't be done, clearance problems between the bell crank and the header. Went back and read the header installation instructions and it states that you can't use the factory column shift with the headers"..........So guess I will stay with B&M Hammer shifter that came with car......Would have liked Old School HURST Dual-Gate, but just too expensive and too much hassle to find...
Thanks to all for your comments and advice...
sincerely, Chuck Sharin
Oct 5th, 04, 03:02 AM
Originally posted by Gary L:
Thanks dyno john. I guess that I have a Turo 350/400 bellcrank. Looks like the one in the CAM. Another part for ebay.Gary, before you put it on e-bay, compare it with a real 'glide bellcrank. The 350 and the glide arms come off at different angles and are different lengths. One of the pictures in one of the assembly manuals is incorrect. I'll go through my pictures and manuals and get back to you.
Oct 6th, 04, 08:10 AM
Gary L ...... check your messages