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Old 03-22-2010, 12:00 AM   #1
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Changing a Transmission...What is involved?

I own an old Ford LTD that I restored. It is a beautiful looking car and I take it to shows often. Many LTDaddicts have replaced the auto 3 speed tranny with a 5 speed manual from a Mustang. Is this hard to do? It has a 351W engine. I would love to put a T5 in behind it. What are the steps to doing this and how hard is it? Thank you so much!
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Changing a Transmission...What is involved?

The transmission itself should be a straightforward "bolt-in", since the 351W shares the same bellhousing bolt pattern as the 302. You didn't mention the year of LTD, so I'm assuming you are referring to a pre-1980 model, since that was the year Ford introduced the AOD transmission to its line-up of rear-wheel-drive mid to full size models. You will need a pilot bearing for the crankshaft. You will also have to fabricate a shifter, as well as all the hardware to mount a clutch pedal and linkage assembly to make it work, since a manual transmission was never offered on a LTD. The driveshaft may need to be altered.
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Are you mechanically inclined? You need to take the automatic out down to the engine. Then come up with a clutch housing and the whole bit. You might need to do something with the drive shaft I'm not sure what years you are working with for swap parts. The other thing is you need to insert a clutch pedal and either linkage or hydraulic line to release the clutch. Cut hole in floor for shifter. I had a 1971 with a 400 cu inch and in those days a Manuel was not an option unless you fabricated the whole insertion. I am sure it could be done but not a bolt in deal you will have to be creative. Good luck
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