i did a little more research about the T56 transmission use for your car, and my next possible project.
Modified T56, with shifter located in tail OR mid section
Modified Camaro T56 for a hot rod
Conversion kit used (approx $300)
LS1 Bellhousing from a Camaro/Firebird/GTO
Camaro T56 front plate
This will be used to replace the front of the corvette c5/c6 t56 transmission. it will close the hole that the shift rod sticks out of. It will also allow you to attach the bellhousing to the transmission. It will also have the mounting provisions for the hydraulic release bearing that you will also source from a camaro
Camaro T56 input shaft
to correct the length so it will engage the cluch assmbly correctly.
The shift attachment
. You will cut the internal shift rail, and attach this in the middle. This will be in place of where stock corvette reverse lock out attachment was. The new piece will have moulded onto it a provision to use the reverse lockout solenoid in the CAGS (1-4 skipshift) hole/location.
while doing that modification you will have to shorten the front of the shifter rail so that it wont stick out of the front of the transmission (since we just blocked off the hole with the new front plate)
Right now i'm running through the car auctions to find a donor C5 corvette, so i can liberate the engine, trans, diff, suspension & steering components. No luck just yet, may just have to ebay it, lol.
i'll keep you updated on how it goes.