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Old 03-06-2012, 02:31 AM
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I need some speed with a 5 speed

Ok, car is a '74 Mercury Montego MX, has 400 motor. ( the 351C counterpart ). Engine has the big block bolt pattern, with mates the 400 with a C6 automatic. I in some point of time would like to make it a stick shift car. I know there a lot with conversions, and I understand that. Anyway, I know of that era of car I could mount just about any Ford 4-speed gear box to the 400 as long as it's for a big block ( I think? maybe a little info on that would be nice too ). But, my main want is if I find a mid to late 1980's or early 1990's Ford Truck ( rear wheel drive of course ) with a 460 and equipped with a 5 speed gear box... Would that newer trans mount to my crusty old block?

Would I be able to use my or the donor's bell housings? What would be my interests of fright in this procedure?

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Yes, the ZF 5 speed from a 460 powered truck would physically bolt to the 400 Ford, but have you ever looked at a ZF? there HUGE, and have a granny 1st.

Your best bet is the 3+OD toploader from a Granada/ Monarch or F-150, and the 351M/400 bell from a Ford truck. use stock clutch parts for the 400/4spd truck..
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Couldn't one work the gearing though? like swapping physical gears and synchronizers?
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If the stuff existed sure, but the ZF has always been a truck transmission and you wont like it in a car. long throw, no shifter options, and the case is huge so it wont fit without a lot of tunnel work..

Mustang T5 is your best 5spd option at a low cost. There weaker, but would hold to a 400 if you were easy on it.
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In terms with the t-5 what do you think my mounting suggestions would be?
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it can be made to fit the same crossmember as the C4/C6 your car has.. Just use a 351M/400 truck 4spd bellhousing, with a T5 adapter plate.
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