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Re: 5-speed L-series transmission ID

Posted: 28 Dec 2016 17:21
by datzenmike
iceD wrote:Will those shorty 720 boxes go into a 510 with the stock drive shaft uncut?

ice D


They are both 26" so yes no shortening but the mount would still need some mods. Only a 2wd shorty would be worth trying. It has a speedometer drive in the tail. Four by four are driven from the trans case. You can see the tail is not machined, I wouldn't even try to do this.

They would fit, but your L engine would have to rotate to the left about 20 degrees, or the transmission 20 to the right, most likely somewhere between with the rubber engine and transmission mounts tearing apart. To do this successfully you need a front case from an L series.

If either of those 5 speeds were made after '84 they probably have the larger 62mm counter bearing on it. That won't fit the 56mm L series front case so just swap the bearings and front bearing cover. The 1st/2nd shift rod on the '85 is also 16mm and the L case is 14mm so just drill it out to fit.

Re: 5-speed L-series transmission ID

Posted: 28 Dec 2016 19:29
by RMS
datzenmike wrote:You can see the tail is not machined, I wouldn't even try to do this.


if the worm gear is on the end of the main shaft in the 4x4 shorty box the only thing left is drilling out the case?

few blocks of wood, some clamps and a hole saw ?

Re: 5-speed L-series transmission ID

Posted: 28 Dec 2016 19:53
by datzenmike
The worm might be there because it's jammed on with the main shaft nut. They may have instead just used a spacer.
On the 31.5" long tail, the speedo drive is to the rear of the main shaft nut.

The precision needed is exquisite, so that the plastic gear just engages the drive worm on the main shaft.