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Old 01-09-2012, 06:18 PM
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Install a manual trans in my '32

I have a 1932 ford 5 window, stock frame, with four bar front/dropped front axle and mustang rear end. Run 350.350 but want to put in a manual trans. Muncie four speed or tremec five speed. Help. Where do I start?


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To start you need 2 things: you need to set a bugdet, and you need some measurements to determine what will fit.
Maybe you need to decide on how much you care about MPG, engine life, and the sound when cruising. These bear on whether or not to do a 5-speed. Actually, you don't need 5 speeds to have OD.
It seems you mostly want the interaction of rowing your own gears, and perhaps wonder if the OD is worth the extra investment, or if the 5-speed's first is too low?
You listed a couple of decently strong transmissions, but you may not need that much strength. A T5 should be adequate, and much nicer to shift than either of your choices. T5s can be built to hold 450 ft-lbs, and the most desirable '88-'92 TPI Camaro versions typically go for around $600.
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You can do it on the cheap as long as you're not set on a Tremec.

Here's the chassis that's under my deuce 3 window. Chrysler hemi, Saginaw 4 speed, hydraulic clutch, Hurst shifter. I probably have about $400 in the trans, shifter and clutch setup. As long as you're not going racing a Saginaw will hold up just fine. Its a light car and you're not running a big block with monster torque. Those transmissions came stock in mid sized medium horsepower GM cars throughout the 60's and 70's and are plenty strong for street duty. This setup with 3:50 gears gives spirited performance. If better mileage is needed then just go to taller gears.


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