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Old 06-20-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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I have a 3 speed manual toploader from a 1970 maverick and I want to put it in my 1974 mustang II ghia which currently has a three speed automatic. Is this possible? And if so how hard will it be and are there conversion kits for it?
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I'd doubt it since a maverick isn't used for many conversions and any if all and since you're trying to do it with a mustang II
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What would be the easiest way to go manual? Cause I would much rather drive a stick.
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What would be the easiest way to go manual? Cause I would much rather drive a stick.
Best way would be find a wracking yard with one and buy all the parts at once but it is not an easy job. Good Luck
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which engine does your mustang ll have?
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It is a 2.3 liter 4 cyl
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then you have a fairly easy job. find any two wheel drive ford vehicle that has a manual transmission, from a fox body, to a pinto, to a ranger pick up, etc. and grab every thing from the bell housing to the output yoke. if you find a pinto or mustang ll grab the pedal assembly also as you need a clutch pedal. most of these cars built before 1983 will have a 4 speed, after that they will have a 5 speed.
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Is there any years or anything like that I should watch out for?
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nope.
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Thank you so much! Your a ton of help. I appreciate it dearly.
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So I got down to the torque converter and when I went to take It off I noticed my engine had play and could move about six inches on a vertical axis.. Are my engine mounts bad?
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So I got down to the torque converter and when I went to take It off I noticed my engine had play and could move about six inches on a vertical axis.. Are my engine mounts bad?
not necessarily, but check them over carefully. if they are old, then go ahead and replace them now. engine mounts are cheap insurance.
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Perhaps you know where I could find a set of pedals?
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Perhaps you know where I could find a set of pedals?
here is a forum you might check out. they specialize in pintos, but many of the parts interchange.

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Figuring out the clutch and it's a grey area for me, the bellhousing is from a 86 2.3 fox body mustang I have had no luck in finding a clutch fork or clutch pedal. Do I get the clutch linkage for the bellhousing or the 74? The input shaft is 1&1/8" long with 10 splines, which clutch kit would you recommend? I'm putting the fox body flywheel in the 74 as it is lighter, the main reason for the t5 is gas mileage so any tips/tricks to improve that would be greatly appreciated.
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Figuring out the clutch and it's a grey area for me, the bellhousing is from a 86 2.3 fox body mustang I have had no luck in finding a clutch fork or clutch pedal. Do I get the clutch linkage for the bellhousing or the 74? The input shaft is 1&1/8" long with 10 splines, which clutch kit would you recommend? I'm putting the fox body flywheel in the 74 as it is lighter, the main reason for the t5 is gas mileage so any tips/tricks to improve that would be greatly appreciated.
you want to get a clutch fork for the bell housing, and the pedal for the car. the cable is going to be the one for the car as well. for the clutch pedal try late model restoration they specialize if fox bodies. you can also try MPS Auto Salvage -Mustang salvage, New and Used Mustang parts as they also specialize in fox bodies/
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IM not sure how my clutch pedal fits in and how it works
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IM not sure how my clutch pedal fits in and how it works
your clutch pedal goes in much like the clutch pedal of an early mustang, in that it comes in the left side of the pedal support and goes through the brake pedal to hold it in place. your clutch also uses a cable rather than a mechanical linkage to operate the clutch.
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The transmission I have has an input shaft of 3&1/2 inches around and 3 inches long 10 splines. Will I need any special clutch?
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The transmission I have has an input shaft of 3&1/2 inches around and 3 inches long 10 splines. Will I need any special clutch?
no, you just order a clutch disc for the maverick.
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For a 1974 mustang 2.3? What year maverick etc.?
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For a 1974 mustang 2.3? What year maverick etc.?
first off why are you trying to put an old top loader behind the 2.3? second, you order teh clutch disc for the transmission you have, if it came from a 70 maverick then that is the disc you order.
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I'm no longer dealing with the toploader I found a t5 out of a v8 Volvo but it had a hurst shifter put on It so the transmission i.d. Tag is lost and I can't find out the specifics. I'm sorry I thought I mentioned this earlier.
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I'm no longer dealing with the toploader I found a t5 out of a v8 Volvo but it had a hurst shifter put on It so the transmission i.d. Tag is lost and I can't find out the specifics. I'm sorry I thought I mentioned this earlier.
no biggie, just order the disc that fits the transmission, you can use the casting number in some cases.
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When I looked on the forums i found that the transmission tag that no longer is on the transmission is the only way to find out
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When I looked on the forums i found that the transmission tag that no longer is on the transmission is the only way to find out
that actually is incorrect. it the trans was put in at the factory, it will have a part number on it, and that part number will tell you what car it came from, and what year the car was. one more thing, i believe that volvo used ford pattern T5s in their cars for a number of years while they were owned by ford, you might want to check that out. and if that is the case, then you might be able to get the clutch disc from something like a 2.3l mustang from say 1984 or so.
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