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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hello I'm new to the forums and somewhat new to the 4x4 world. I got an 83 chevy k10 with a 350 and soon to be sm465 trans. I am converting an auto into a stick and i dont know how the clutch is setup. is it a hydrualic setup or a mechanical setup? or is it possible to do either or?
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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my driveline is out of an 80s k10 and it is hydro.

350 / sm465 / np 205.
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87 and up they used hydraulic 86 and down they used mechanical. yes you can convert it all you will need is the pedal assembly out of a donor vehicle and the linkage rods. if you already have the trans and bellhousing you will obviously need a flywheel and clutch assembly to fit your engine as well
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i just got through with the same swap for about 250$ (manual linkage). a hydraulic setup would be ideal due to the horrible frame flex these trucks have without doing any frame bracing, but it costs more. If you need a complete parts list for a manual setup, shoot me a pm.
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thanks for all the info.
well the plan is to box the frame so after that is done would a mechanical setup be a cheaper way to go or is there still gonna be enough frame flex to make it worth buying a hydraulic setup?
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get a mechanical setup. hydraulics are always a pain in the ass to setup and when they go bad they cost a bunch of money to fix
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after boxing the frame you're good to go with a mechanical setup. next question, is your cab a low hump or high hump floor?
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well it is an automatic cab so probably low hump.
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lucky for you the hump bolts in. you can add a high humped one if needed. I did the swap on my `72 and didn't need to. just had to cut the hole for the shift tower and added a lower boot as well as an upper to keep the water and crap out.
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