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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Help me spend my $$$ on a tranny...frugally

So... I have a 66' that I put a 8.8 in from an Explorer- narrowed and rebuitl but left the 3:73 gears. I have C4 that is lazy on the 2/3 shift leaks a little. I need a OD- so I am thinking AOD. I would love something that I can manual shift down & up between 2 to 1 gear- from what I have read that may not be an option. If I could get it that would be great...but moving on.

I would like to get a turn key set up so I have the car down minimally since it is almost summer- Who makes a good package option-what is a good shifter and of course a solid tranny. OR is there a 5 speed manual option that is equally priced but again would want a kit to get the pedal/clutch set up along with the tranny.

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Fast, Frugal and turn key might not all go together ,but I'd go T-5 for sure
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Cool awhtx -that looks like a great resource shop on the manual conversion and close by, also makes sense that I am in the track section and getting only 5 speed recommendations. Do note that I said frugal not cheap :-) dont want to do it twice.

Nothing for a AOD recommendation?

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Cool awhtx -that looks like a great resource shop on the manual conversion and close by, also makes sense that I am in the track section and getting only 5 speed recommendations. Do note that I said frugal not cheap :-) dont want to do it twice.

Nothing for a AOD recommendation?
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I've got a T5 in a fb and the AOD in a coupe (both '65's). I prefer the manual over the AOD any day of the week as I really hate the AOD shift pattern. Sure I can monkey with it and make it shift closer to what I want, but if I wanted to do that all the time I'd have gone with another T5 in the first place! Not a fan of the AOD so it sits most of the time and the fb gets the miles.
BTW- the Exploder axle swap was cake, wasn't it! I've got the same in a '66 fb too

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My car was a 6cyl converted to 8 when I bought- still running the 4 lug and drums so the axle swap was part of that conversion. I haven't looked at hooking up the emergency brake yet but it was a pretty easy swap.

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How much power and what are using the car for?

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I would guess I am only at 250hp now- plans would be to put heads and headers on it so maybe 325hp. All around general shenanigans- occasional Autocross and hill climbs and occasional work commutes- just an all around toy when snow is not on the ground.
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I personally went with an automatic AOD-E/4R70W when faced with the same choice because:

My vert is sort of a high-horsepower luxury cruiser rather than a track car.
My knee gives me fits after about 4 hours of running a clutch.
The horsepower goal was above what a good-used AOD would handle and "Good used" for an AOD, is may be impossible, since they haven't used them in new cars for decades now.

So...my 4R70W is stock unit out of a '98 V6 mustang with nothing but a baumann shift kit installed, and their controller...and it's lived behind a built 289 and then a built 347 for over 10 years now (say 20,000 tough miles). The 4R70W features every beef up that Ford ever did to the AOD plus a lower 1st and second gear for even more umph off the line. Using the stock C4 shifter mechanism gives me control to get to 1st then second then 3rd gear manually. I can hold 4th out via a momentary contact switch, then tap that to upshift (or downshift) in and out of Overdrive. Or I can just put it in drive and it will handle all the shifts without me being involved. It's all programmable including shift points.

That being said...manuals are cool.

Cheap? It's all relative. It's going to cost more than $1000 regardless I'd say. Just how much more is hard to say. Timewise? I did it as a winter project, and it probably took most of it.

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