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Old 08-12-2003, 04:48 PM
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5 speed tranny with forward shifter?

Hey folks, cool little forum you've got going here! My first post, here goes:

I'm building a 66 Triumph Spitfire with a Ford 302 V8, Jag rear end, and appropriate frame and body mods. I want to link a 5-speed in there. Obvious choice would seem to be a T5 configured for the Ford bellhousing, but the only T5's like this I can find have the shifter mount waaaay back. Because I'm shoving the engine as far back as I can, this would put the shifter behind my shoulder!

Now T5's are made for Jeeps with the shifter right on top, but they're set up for Xfer case mounting, with no tailshaft assy. Chevy S-10's used a T-5 with a foreward shifter, but these are configured for whimpy 4 cyl engines and won't handle my torque.

So, my questions: Is it possible to mix-N-match T5 parts? Say, take a S-10 tailshaft/shifter assy and bolt it onto a Mustang T-5? Maybe beef up the gearing and do something about the bellhousing pattern on the S10 tranny? Any other suggestions on how I can do this? Are there other forward shift T5's I haven't mentioned? Maybe some tranny other than a T-5? I know the 3550 comes with 3 shifter locations, but that tranny's huge and I'm already out of tunnel space.

ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I did sell a guy a tail housing off a S-10 so that he could do just what you are talking about. He had a Griffith(sp?). 289 powered. He was using a Mustang WC T-5 and needed the shifter farther forward. I'm thinking the housing was a bolt up deal. The only thing I could see him having problems with, is the speedo gears. The output spline count on the Ford trans wasn't the same as the Chevy so you couldnt use the S-10 speedo gears. I don't think the Ford speedo gears would fit the S-10 housing either. Dan
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Thumbs up Thanks Dan!

Fantastic, that's what I was hoping to hear! I figure I can pick up a trashed S10 tranny for peanuts and start playing around with it to see what mates up to what. I'm not real concerned about speedo gears, I can always rig up some way to drive the speedo. Thanks!
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