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I have a 1983 mustang GLX convertible and I already did a 5.0 swap, its a 1987 model block, and put 3.73 rear end gears with a limited slip under it. It still has the stock C4 transmission in it, which is starting to slip so I am contemplating what transmission to go with. I really want to do a T5 swap in it but am not completely sure what all modification and parts changes I will need to make to accomplish this and where to find the right parts.
Your going to need the 5sp trans, bell housing, manual pedals,flywheel, clutch, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, clutch cable. Also might need a driveshaft. If its fuel injected you need to get a manual trans CPU too.
Forgot to mention that besides getting all the parts everything will bolt in with no modification. Not a big deal to do. You can get parts from a junkyard or look for people parting out cars. By me Craigslist has these swaps on all the time from anywhere between 300 - 500 bucks. Good luck.
Thanks for the imput. I was a little nervous at first about jumping into a T5 swap but y'all make it sound pretty simple. Looking forward to it now. My motor isn't stock H.P, will a stock T5 hold up to like 350-375 RWHP you think? It is Carbed as well.
I didn't know 3rd was a weak spot. Thanks for that info as well. I'm not planning on driving it hard a whole lot but I'm sure I will horse around sometimes, it's my daily driver and I'm hoping to get better gas mileage with a 5 speed is one of the reasons I want a T5. Is that gear kit something I could install in my garage or would I need to pay a shop to do it?
i did mine myself..you can also buy them complete and ready to bolt in from Astro or any of their dealers..if you've never done it before, you're probably best of to buy it complete..but with time and patience it can be done yourself
one thing you would have to do to run the A5 is get a 26 spline clutch..the factory T5 uses a 10 spline input shaft, and the A5 has a 26 spline...
heres a pic of the A5 2nd gear next to a stock T5 2nd gear, for example
they are the 170's, they were part # 51400004..i think the new models have been slightly redesigned in the last year..i bought mine used with a set of trickflow 1.6 rockers for about $700...they came with trickflows upgraded dual springs, which i upgraded even further with a set of LSx style lightweight springs i got from Ed Curtis
1987 Notchback - 302, TFS heads, Holley Systemax, FTI cam, Astro A5 Best so far: 10.92 @ 123mph with a 1.49 60ft
That's AWSOME. I'm running the high flow TFS Twisted Wedge heads that also have duel valve springs and I'm running Ford Racing 1.6 Roller Rockers on my 306. Did you stud your heads and the bottom end of your block??? Are your heads the 58cc combustion chamber heads or the 61cc??? I'm running the 190s that have the 64cc combustion chambers. I'm also running the TFS .500 lift cam. I think that's the stage 1 right?