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Old 05-13-2005, 08:55 AM
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need help selecting a tranny

As some of ya'll know my father had bought a 55 ford customline it is a auto now and we want to convert it to a manual. what tranny should i pick.

He wants a manual tranny that would be good for alot of power, stroking a 351w for the car. We was wondering what tranny would act the same as a muncie, gear wise. Or did they make a bellhousing to put a muncie behind a Ford motor?? I am open to ideas, but i want close ratio and dependablity.

I am more of a chevy person and still learning on the ford, everything i learn on this car will be applied to my 79 ford truck i have.

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Top loader would be on a similar level to the muncie 4 speed.



do you want a 4 speed or 5 or 6?
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Four is fine we want it to drive and feel like a old hotrod other then having more power under the hood.
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I'd go with a Toploader (actually I am). Theres a variety of tailshaft lengths and shifter mounts available in the close ratio Toploaders, and they're plenty strong and have tons of shifters available for them. I'm putting a wide ratio Toploader (I want neckbreaking acceleration, plus I figure my torque band will be pretty wide so RPM drops shouldn't be an issue) behind my 393C.
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is your customline a 2 or 4 door? i have a 56 customline 2 door hardtop. (not the post) that came with the thunderbird 312 in it from the factory...it even has the little thunderbird emblems in front if the fron tires on hte fender.

but to answer your post...i agree...go toploader...
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it is a 2 door post, i think i posted pics before but if not here is one, it is the shape it is in right now.



So what is the technical term for the toploader? also what yr and vechicle should i expect to find them in? thanks for your help!!!
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You will find most of the information regarding a F/4/S here. You will need the GALAXY asm (17" tailshaft housing).

An earlier FORD BORG-WARNER T-10 (61/64) will work also if you come across one while searching.
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Toploader

Toploader is always a good choice.
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