Thanks to Hooker’s T-56 Shift Hump Panel, swap­ping a six-speed into your se­cond-gen F-body just got eas­ier

Chevy High Performance - - Contents - TEXT: Wes Duenkel | PHO­TOS: COUR­TESY OF the Man­u­fac­tur­ers

Thanks to Hooker’s T-56 Shift Hump Panel, swap­ping a six-speed into your se­cond-gen F-body just got eas­ier

Re­call if you will, a time when striped-up street ma­chines wan­dered Amer­ica’s streets as mere shad­ows of them­selves. Groggy from a gaso­line hang­over and sad­dled with rudi­men­tary emis­sions con­trols, these flabby has-beens were backed by ane­mic pow­er­plants and weak-kneed trans­mis­sions. Wel­come to … the 1970s.

For­tu­nately, this episode has a happy end­ing. To­day, we’re en­joy­ing a resur­gence of tech­nol­ogy and in­ge­nu­ity, bring­ing per­for­mance back from the brink of ex­tinc­tion—all the while pol­lut­ing less and us­ing less fuel. This is a great time to swap a more fuel-ef­fi­cient, more pow­er­ful Gen III V-8 into your 1970’s F-body.

And any self-re­spect­ing street stalker wants three ped­als in the footwell. But to­day’s ro­bust six-speed trans­mis­sions are big­ger in ev­ery di­men­sion, mak­ing in­stal­la­tion in the con­fines of skinny trans­mis­sion tun­nels, such as those in the 1970-’81 GM F-body, a hot-rod­ding headache.

The gear-bangers at Hooker Black­heart had the same prob­lem, but with the fol­low­ing ex­cep­tion: they did some­thing about it. Hooker’s T-56 Shift Hump Panel is a cost-ef­fec­tive time-saver that, when com­bined with Hooker’s en­gine mount brack­ets and trans­mis­sion cross­mem­ber, make swap­ping a TREMEC-backed LS en­gine into a shag­ging ’70’s F-body a cinch.

Hooker showed us the ropes when they in­stalled the new panel into their se­cond-gen Ca­maro project. The de­vel­op­ment ve­hi­cle features an LS en­gine backed by a TREMEC Mag­num six-speed trans­mis­sion. It’s easy to see why the beefy six-speed’s in­ter­nal rail shifter pro­vi­sions ne­ces­si­tate trans tun­nel surgery. But, the Hooker T-56 Shift Hump Panel not only opens up tons more space, it raises the trans­mis­sion to im­prove ground clear­ance and driv­e­line an­gles.

Fol­low along while Hooker shows us how it’s done. CHP

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