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Old 01-23-2009, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As far as I can tell, a $300 junkyard V8 T5 is mythical in these here hills, and I've always been at least a little tempted to AOD swap my car anyway for some odd reason. I was coming up with $1k+ for a swap with a rebuilt T5, shifter, all the misc., and THAT is with a DIY crossmember, ect. I always dismissed an AOD as being just as expensive as a T5 swap, but I'm beginning to reconsider.

I can scrape a working AOD off the street corner, it's just amazing compared to T5s, and I've seen 5.0/AOD driveable cars for less than $500. Heck, I found an AOD and yoke for $75, I've got a flex plate and block plate. I can always build my own NSS and backup light harness. New trans mount and speedo gear should run $40, I can build a crossmember, all I'd need past that is an inspection cover if I didn't get one to start with.

It seems so cheap that it's like I'm missing something?

Worse comes to worse, I can order all the stuff from transtar for a performance rebuild, add a shift kit and a reman stock convertor for $500 and STILL have less in it than a T5 swap??

This can't be?

What do you think?
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Right there with ya - Craigslist is littered by cheap AOD's, probably 5 to 1 more than T5's.

You'll have to get the kickdown cable and the adaptor kit to use your shock shifter.

But yes, I'd say overall you can do an AOD swap cheaper than the T5. I still haven't decided which way to go. Getting the TV cable adjusted correctly still leans me back to T5 swap.
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When I was contemplating my swap, I came up with $1200, so you're right in the ball park.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The width of an AOD around the pan area is much wider than a C4. Make sure your existing exhaust pipes will have enough clearance to go around the side of the new AOD.
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The width of an AOD around the pan area is much wider than a C4. Make sure your existing exhaust pipes will have enough clearance to go around the side of the new AOD.
Stan at FPA says his headers will clear my AOD.


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Old 01-23-2009, 02:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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LMAO... Smarta$$.
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The width of an AOD around the pan area is much wider than a C4. Make sure your existing exhaust pipes will have enough clearance to go around the side of the new AOD.
Stan at FPA says his headers will clear my AOD.

Good point Dave, thanks for reminding me about that. It'll be all new exhaust so I can cook it up to suit.

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Thanks to fasta for pointing out the kickdown and such...but don't be skeered of the TV cable, a good trans shop will get it right the first time.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It certainly can. My AOD was given to me (from fellow VMFer 66gt350). I did add a B&M Holeshot converter and TransPack shift kit, but didn't really need to.

Like mentioned, you'll need the TV cable (about $70 from Summit), you'll have to fab up some cooling lines (about $20 from your local parts store), and you'll need to get or fab a conversion kit for your shift linkage to shifter.

Even with a shift kit and Performance TC, My AOD conversion cost me less than $500. I've put about 66k miles on it since then.
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The first time I was going to do an AOD swap, I found an old mercury in someones yard and paid 100.00 for the car. I got a running 302 and a AOD. I work for the department of public works and I drive all over so I just went to everyones door that had an old LTD, crown vic or marqui in the drive and asked them. I found several that were willing to part with the hole car for 250.00 or less. Then I never did the swap like an idiot. I bought the shift kit, new torque converter and was ready to do it. Im going to follow through with this project before summer.
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I bought my AOD for 50 bucks, rebuilt it myself, built my own crossmember. By the time I was done it wasn't more than 300 bucks. It is a pretty easy tranny to rebuild. It can save you tons if you can get a hold of a service manual.
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