After replacing the rear end with a stock V8 rear with 2.79 gears, the poor inline 6 engine just feels like a dog behind that 3 speed transmission. I worry if I have to start out on a hill, it won’t be able to go. That pushed me into using the 4 cylinder T5 transmission I have in the garage for this car. I am hoping that the gearing in this T5 means I wont have to replace the rear gears later as well. Gear math isn’t my thing, so I will just have to wait and see.Continue reading “Swapping a 3 speed for a 5”
I tell my self the last major part I need to buy is the drive shaft. I am sure there are other things that will take money, but the drive shaft seems like the last barrier to driving. The other things would all be about finishing or comfort. Back to Modern Driveline to finish what I started there. Continue reading “Driveshaft and U-Joints”
The 5 speed automatic that came with the 65 fastback had some assembly required when I received it. Well, it was actually a couple of boxes of parts. Someone before me was rebuilding it and ran into some issues, leaving it for a project. Fortunately, the project also came with a good DVD on how to rebuild a T-5 transmission. Continue reading “T-5 Transmission Rebuild”
I haven’t posted in a while because all of the projects are either half done, or hard to get pictures of. With the transmission, working in my garage without a lift makes it very difficult to get a picture. In addition, like every project with this car, there is always one more thing to finish, and I hate to write up half done projects.
My last major project/purchase for the Mustang is the transmission. I picked up a complete conversion kit from Modern Driveline, who specializes in Mustang conversions. I went with a 5 speed manual T-5 which is mid 90’s technology. The 5th gear is an overdrive which should make it rev lower while driving at freeway speeds, leaving the lower gears for the fun. Continue reading “T-5 Transmission Starting Point”