the 40's AOD transmission was slipping
bad enough to be undriveable.
and driving with low fluid was the last straw.
major surgery was needed.
I weighed rebuilding the AOD with a shift kit,
but for the cost a T5 could be found,
and my heart was set on a stick.
It was like conducting an orchestra,
child labor at its finest.
No quick swap...
parts acquisition wouldn't be quick.
The 40 teased me whenever I'd walk by.
a ton of hack work during the 302 swap of 2013.
and that never happened.
Welding... hammering... filling... epoxy...
Ooh la la...
as money was saved and parts found.
this project started at the end of May!
Bellhousing, flywheel, clutch...
and most important a t-5 transmission,
thanks to the Sharp family.
Typical family affair throwing it together...
We did this twice as I forgot the aluminum spacer plate.
this was a Ford "world class" T5,
but the insides were chevy.
I found a common hot rodding trick
was to use Astro Van internals,
which meant different shaft splines.
The 5.0 10-spline mustang clutch
swapped for a 26-spline camaro.
As usual over the counter performance grade stuff!
as we prepped the patient into the operating room.
however the aod vs t5 are at least in the same mustang family.
It fit perfectly.
Better have as I whittled the X-member for the huge AOD.
but here we found out the rear input shaft was GM.
The 28-spline ford yoke swapped for a 27-spline chevy,
which would then need a conversion u-joint.
and why not barber pole the driveshaft...
straight from Iowa!
and this was the 3rd one.
Perfect timing as I had misplaced the fuel line!
Only needed a "Mayer Speed" logo...
Thanks a ton Jeff!
The original pedal had to contact the arm.
My first idea was a bellcrank system,
but it just seemed too bulky,
and also a lot of work.
which would need lengthened pedal arms.
This gave the longer throw needed.
This worked great...
See anything wrong with the pic?
It went into gear so smooth,
and a WTF when the brake pedal was locked up!
A little frustrated,
I found that original mustangs used a cable.
we had all kinds of old Morse cables!
and a lock tube slid into a bellhousing hole.
A couple issues...
Kinda in the way of the exhaust,
and mainly there wasn't enough throw.
The bracket took maybe 2 hrs to make.
Another hour for the drillium.
The clutch had enough purchase holes?
there was plenty of adjustment.
I had the shifter on backwards,
so only had 2-4-R.
Easy fix although I was prepared to tear the tranny apart!
topping off the fuel line.
It's gonna be cooler with a tripower!
Lotsa gold and chrome wow!
The Lincoln logs for some headers.
The first day's drove with no pipes,
wasn't really that bad!
I ran out of bends.
It sounds like a hot rod!
and then it'll be a rough daily driver.
Anyway feels good to have it back.
Hard to not chirp the tires!