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Offline PSweeney

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Anybody know about T5 manual trans ?
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:00:12 PM »
I want to swap a v8 into a mid 80 Mk3 Ford Capri. Here in the UK, this car was produced with pinto and v6 options but they go great with a V8.

Due to new legislation, cutting into the shell is a problem, so engine and trans must fit the existing tunnel. A 5.0 / T5 would slot in great, but over here decent donors are rare and expensive.  To that end Iíve decided to go Chevy as I can source a motor easier, but still want a T5 as I know it fits the tunnel and has the 5th gear overdriven.

 GM V8 T5ís are rare in the US, let alone here, so Iíve sourced an adapter plate to bolt a Ford T5 to a Chevy bellhousing. A Muncie 11Ē  bellhousing, I believe you can get these cheap and some have pivots and windows for the clutch arm on the right, which would be good for right hand drive conversion.

Anybody have any experience with converting like this ? . Is there an easier way ?


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Re: Anybody know about T5 manual trans ?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 06:52:26 AM »
No such experience, but I think there were several different shifter lever locations, depending on vehicle. If you cannot cut the tunnel for shifter placement you might want to check the dimensions of the shifter vs the front face of trans.

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Re: Anybody know about T5 manual trans ?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2017, 04:19:04 PM »
GM cars and trucks with had different shifter locations which can be interchanged also different gear ratios and where weaker Non World Class, the WC's had bigger and different style bearings, input shaft had different splines for the clutch disc