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How to put a Classic Muncie Behind Your LS Swap

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By Mark Ehlen, Photography by Mark Ehlen

Sometimes, old just feels better. Not that there's anything wrong with the new technology available to car enthusiasts today. It allows us to do things we couldn't even dream about a few short years ago. But there is something about operating a pure mechanical device that brings great satisfaction.

Such was the case with the owner of this early Camaro. Initially, a high-tech EFI-controlled LS with an electronically controlled 480LE were installed. But even with the option of manual shift control, the auto trans—though it worked beautifully and arguably made the car faster—just couldn't bring complete fulfillment. Right away, thoughts of a five- or even a six-speed swap come to mind, but no, this was a time to go back to the basics, a Muncie close-ratio four-speed. Nothing high tech, just grab the handle and do what feels right.

Now everyone knows that GM never put a Muncie behind an LS, so a way was needed to mate those two and also find a simple way to work the clutch around the headers. Keisler Engineering had the solution to both issues with a flywheel, a hydraulic clutch, and a bellhousing that allow an LS to play nice with a Muncie. Classic Industries was called on for the Muncie, as well as the shifter, the linkage, and the pedals to control it.

Parts

Description PN Source Price
'67–'81 Camaro brake/clutch pedal pad K981 Classic Industries $4.95 ea.
'68–'70 Camaro/Firebird four-speed Hurst shifter F872 Classic Industries 349.99
'69–'72 Camaro brake/clutch pedal assembly E339 Classic Industries 89.99
'68–'69 Camaro chrome shift boot retainer 9780055 OER 16.95
'69 Camaro neutral safety switch 1993494 OER 59.99
'69 Camaro console w/ gauges R316906 Classic Industries 799.95
'69 factory Hurst Muncie shifter w/ linkage E367 Classic Industries 138.99
'68–'69 F-body four-speed Hurst shift boot 9795407 Classic Industries 28.95
'69 M21 four-speed transmission TR204 Classic Industries 1,474.99
Clutch kit CLA-PK1877KEA Keisler 269.95
GM bellhousing BHG-00105 Keisler 249.95
GM steel flywheel FWG-460535 Keisler 299.95
Hydraulic clutch actuator kit CAG-HWF1TKO Keisler 649.95
LS flywheel bolt kit FWG-11569956 Keisler 26.95
Pilot bearing PBG-00104 Keisler 49.00

SOURCES
Keisler Engineering
2250 Stock Creek Blvd.
Rockford
TN  37853
888-609-0053
www.keislerauto.com
Original Equipment Reproduction
http://www.OERparts.com
Classic Industries
18460 Gothard Street
Dept. CP
Huntington Beach
CA  92648
800-854-1280
http://www.classicindustries.com
Muscle Car Restorations
11371 20th Ave.
Chippewa Falls
WI  54729
715-834-2223
www.musclecarrestorations.com
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