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Hey guys this basically started out as an engine swap cause i threw 2 rods in my old 5.0 well now i have most of the car planned out but im still in the clouds as far as which way to go with trannies. I wanted to do a aod to a T5 but ive seen alot on C4's lately and im almost considering that. What i want to know is which will be more cost effective, driveable, and number one enjoyable. I need to know will i spend more doing a nice t5 setup or will a c4 cost me more in the end. For the T5 i was gonna go ahead get a used one from the salvage yard rebuild it, put on Hurst shifter and be done with that except for the other required parts like a clutch and so on. I also pretty much know what im doing as far as doing the t5 conversion as opposed to the C4. O yeah it might help you to know my new engine is a Ford Racing 302,original tranny is a worn AOD drive shaft is stock and rear end is going to recieve 3.373 gears and be built a little more solidly. Thanks for any suggestions or info on my project.
 

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it really depends on your application.
if its going to be for a drag car, you may not want to go with the t-5.
im no expert by any means, this is just what ive gathered from reading these forums.

if its for a street car, it depends on your traffic patterns. if you have heavy traffic, an automatic would be nice.

if you ever want to go on the highway, a c4 isnt going to be so fun ( on your wallet )

with the t5 swap, you need the tranny of course, the pedal assembly, the clutch, quadrant, cables, and a WHOLE lot of other stuff, INCLUDING A 5SPEED COMPUTER. the aod eec in your car now will not work. also i believe the drive shaft needs swapped as well (length?)

ive been looking into swapping as well.

honestly, ive found my best bet is to stick with the aod.

ive looked into all my options, and it is the easiest, most appealing, and probably the cheapest in the end.

look into a performance AOD.
such as the art carr AOD extreme. or get a heavy duty race REBUILT aod, with a high stall torque converter, take it to a shop (or do it yourself) and have the TRANSGO shift kit installed. runs about 120 bucks from summit, increases 1st gear shift to 4900 rpm, and each other gear 1000rpm above stock, and lets you downshift at any rpm. i hear it gives you nice sturdy shifts that actually chirp a little bit.

all in all, a good aod setup might run you about 1500 - 1800 bucks. by no means cheap. but consider the labor costs, even if you do it yourself.

its all up to you man. if you think you can handle the swap, and really want the standard, then go for it. otherwise, the aod is workable.
 

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HIS COMPUTER WILL WORK IF HE GOES FROM AOD TO MANUAL!!!!!
DRIVESHAFT IS SAME LENGTH FOR t-5

I am doing the opposite of you
I am going from t-5 to an AOD!

I race mine and drive mine daily.

here is some words of advice. you can build your aod cheaper than getting everything for the swap.
Tq converters go for around $475 for a higher stall i.e 2800+(will find my link)
internals about $200-$300
Shop labor $xxxxx

I have so far $850 in my swap. Still need a few items. But may only get up to $900. Using stock stall at first.

serisouly, stick with the AOD if you want to go faster. You can not outshift the auto.
STOCK aod vs STOCK 5spd the 5spd is better. but just MAT the pedal and GO.


AOD swap here and probably not going back.
 
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