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T-5 installation in 55 Ford car

I purchased the drivetrain from a 1994 Mustang (5.0 liter engine and 5-speed transmission) for my 1955 Ford Customline (car). I am concerned that the shifter location will be set back to far for comfort. I am looking for advice from other who have completed this swap. Is the shifter location akward - meaning located too far back? If so, how did you correct it? Did you have to install a different tailhousing? I am hoping that I don't have to mess with the transmission. Advice? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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I purchased the drivetrain from a 1994 Mustang (5.0 liter engine and 5-speed transmission) for my 1955 Ford Customline (car). I am concerned that the shifter location will be set back to far for comfort. I am looking for advice from other who have completed this swap. Is the shifter location akward - meaning located too far back? If so, how did you correct it? Did you have to install a different tailhousing? I am hoping that I don't have to mess with the transmission. Advice? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Sounds like you need the tailhousing from a T5 out of an S-10. The shifter is much further forward on those. The swap is relatively straightforward and well documented on the web - just use Google.
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Just a little word of wisdom. If that T5 is a factory tranny, be easy on it. They will not take much abuse.
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i modified the shifter,by making a bracket to mov it forwerd,as the shifter was short and bolted to the stick,it worked ok,not as firm as the original setup.also made a adaptor to fit on the yblock useing a 4speed bell housing.re prev. poster saying the t5 is weak the yblock was bored 292 to 312bor and a mild cam so it had a lot mor torq than a 302.drive it sanely and it will work
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i modified the shifter,by making a bracket to mov it forwerd,as the shifter was short and bolted to the stick,it worked ok,not as firm as the original setup.also made a adaptor to fit on the yblock useing a 4speed bell housing.re prev. poster saying the t5 is weak the yblock was bored 292 to 312bor and a mild cam so it had a lot mor torq than a 302.drive it sanely and it will work
Yes, the T-5's are weak in stock form. I replaced four of them within a year in a 93 GT Mustang. Anything will break if abused. Drive it right and it will last.
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I purchased the drivetrain from a 1994 Mustang (5.0 liter engine and 5-speed transmission) for my 1955 Ford Customline (car). I am concerned that the shifter location will be set back to far for comfort. I am looking for advice from other who have completed this swap. Is the shifter location akward - meaning located too far back? If so, how did you correct it? Did you have to install a different tailhousing? I am hoping that I don't have to mess with the transmission. Advice? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Some links to T5 info here.
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