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anyone convert auto to Mcleod 5 speed?

I plan to to a auto to manual conversion over the winter to my 1965
Researching this, Ive found many write ups and kit options to do the conversion to a Temec but nothing for the Mcleod Muscle car 5. I called Mcleod and was told it is made to fit a Toploader bell housing and i need to source the parts piece by piece. It does seem its made to fit the car better.
Has anyone done this conversion and want to share? Are the automatic and toploader cross members the same?
obviously, i need the pedal and linkage/shifter/driveshaft, etc.
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From McLeod's website (https://www.mcleodracing.com/content...-over-a-tko/):

"The Muscle Car 5 Transmission comes with 8620 forged gear sets and 600 ft/lbs of torque rating.

Excellent Ratio Selection:1st-2.95, 2nd-1.99, 3rd-1.34, 4th-1.00, 5th-.63."

Sounds very promising! :-)



Also from their website: McLeod Racing Muscle Car 5 Speed $2,995.00

Initial excitement fades to black. :-(

If you'got the dollars and are willing to spend them its probably a great option (better fit and much stronger) - but that is going to be a very expensive upgrade when all is said and done.

Let us know how it goes (if you decide to go that route).
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Are the automatic and toploader cross members the same?

Yes, they are but the T5 requires a completely different crossmember.
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From McLeod's website (https://www.mcleodracing.com/content...-over-a-tko/):

"The Muscle Car 5 Transmission comes with 8620 forged gear sets and 600 ft/lbs of torque rating.

Excellent Ratio Selection:1st-2.95, 2nd-1.99, 3rd-1.34, 4th-1.00, 5th-.63."

Sounds very promising! :-)



Also from their website: McLeod Racing Muscle Car 5 Speed $2,995.00

Initial excitement fades to black. :-(

If you'got the dollars and are willing to spend them its probably a great option (better fit and much stronger) - but that is going to be a very expensive upgrade when all is said and done.

Let us know how it goes (if you decide to go that route).
The actual available price seems to be similar to the TKO 600.
I got one quote for an all in one TKO 600 kit that was >$5000...
thinking maybe I can piece together something for the Mcleod and be better off
I plan to fix up and sell a Nissan Murano and a 07 GMC pickup to raise funds
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Yes, they are but the T5 requires a completely different crossmember.
Good to know, Saving a little $ on the Mcleod already!
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Any reason you're not considering an Astro A5? The gear's ratios look to be the same and the price is a little less.

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Any reason you're not considering an Astro A5? The gear's ratios look to be the same and the price is a little less.

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Haven't ran across the Astro yet.
Ill have to check it out- Thanks!
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There's nothing wrong with the McLeod either...they're both fine transmissions. Just another option.

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If you're not dead set against clutch cable, highly suggest the mustangsteve hanger kit. It's pretty solid.
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Has anyone got actual experience with the McLeod?
They took forever getting it to market.
Some of the Chevy boys have had trouble with at least the early versions of it.

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It was tested on a Chevy "mule" many years back..... but had already
been introduced at SEMA. (unusual marketing to say the least)
I think it was a '57 shoebox.

Anyhow, I think the guy (or guys) who were at McLeod that were behind
the thing up and left the company, leaving McLeod to stumble through
real world testing, etc. That's why it took so long.

I don't know anyone running the McLeod transmission.

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In theory, it looks like a great idea, as it is purported to be a bolt in swap with no modifications - other than the 26 spline input & 32 spline output and needing to fab a crossmember.

IMO - $3k is a lot of ching to hang on an unproven item, when the TKO600 is about the same price and a proven item.

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