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Old 02-13-2006, 02:16 PM
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Which would be preferred for a 1927 Model T: Manual or Automatic transmission?

Newbie post here, but after digging around, I think I'll be spending a lot of time here while I work on my car.

Anyways, I have a 1927 Ford Model T roadster with the original chasis and a title that's about to go under the knife, but one of the first things I need to decide on is whether I go with a standard or automatic transmission. I've always thought a car like this should be manual, but there's always the negatives of not having power steering, a bit more complicated of a set up etc.

What do you guys think? Should I drop a manual or automatic trans in this car? Thanks for the advice.

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auto with a shift kit is what ive always thought would be better for a very light car like a T ...

t's dont have much space, so an extra pedal and a shifter that (in 1st and 2nd) is going to reduce your space even more ... eeeh ... i get almost the same amount of joy slap shifting an auto ...
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First go-a-round, build a solid frame and go with an automatic. The car will be light enough you won't need more than manual steering. You can always change to a manual later if you want to row through the gears.
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Newbie post here, but after digging around, I think I'll be spending a lot of time here while I work on my car.
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WELCOME YOU HERE...

Lots of very knowledgeable folks here.....
Most early cars have a automatic transmission nowadays.......it is vastly easier to do. Clutch linkage, another pedal and then the shifter.......all complicate the vehicle and can compromise the FUN....

IF....you are going to use a Small Block Ford......I suggest a early one....with the 5 bolt bell housing....it is a lot more narrow in that area......which is a good thing.....
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Welcome here. This is a great site and a great bunch of guys and a wealth of info. Don't leave this site but come look at the National T Bucket Alliance site. A ton of info over there. Nothing but T Buckets.

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Thanks for all the advice, this is a solid forum. So the general consensus is automatic eh?

I'm actually going to be putting a 327 chevy in it. This is a car I got from my Dad. We intended on restoring it together, but he passed away a couple years ago. It's kind of a duty of mine to finish the car, however, I'm having someone who knows what they're doing help me with it. I'm pretty much a flash light holder at this point that wants to learn the ins and outs in the process. I remember ripping around in it about twelve years ago with my Dad and it was super fast, but it's always needed a full restoration. Nows the time as I really want to be able to enjoy it while I'm still young. (no disrespect to some of the older members So I'm going to be looking at a lot of other cars for ideas. Any advice would be appreciated. You guys will officially become my mentors for this project. Thanks!
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