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?
The squirrels in my head have spoken.
Cobra 5.0L & AOD swap, here we come.
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.
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.
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.
1966 Mustang GT: Emberglo with Parchment pony interior, C4 to AOD to present T5
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