Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
From my research so far it seems Modern Driveline is the "go-to" for the swap.
Well, they spend a lot on advertising.
I spent some time on their site and went through the order form and am not sure about some of my options. (If anyone has other suggestions as to where to source parts I would like to hear).
I see T5's on ebay for around $800-$1000 and Modern wants $1700 for a T5Z - why would I need a T5Z over a T5?
Are you planning to beat the crap out of it?
What clutch set up are most using? Z-Bar, Cable, or Hydraulic?
You already have the clutch linkage. Why change?
I don't know which flywheel I should be using. I thought I may as well replace mine while I have everything apart. Here is my choices:
28 oz 157 tooth Cast steel 10"/10.5" $165
28 oz 157 tooth Billet steel 10.5" $235
50 oz 157 tooth Cast steel 10.5" (Stock 5.0L) $150
50 oz 157 tooth Billet steel 10.5" $255
How about you use the one you have, and put a new stock or 289HP clutch on it? Sounds like a real winner, since it's already balanced to your engine.
Bellhousing....mine has the bottom cover bolt broken off and should probably be replaced. Are there any issues with using a T5 Bell?
Well, to use your bell, you need an adapter plate. To use a T5 bell, you have to buy one, then put an adapter fulcrum in it.
You have two choices, as I see it.
1) Ignore the broken lug.
2) Find a shop that TIG welds motorboat propellers, and have them re-create the lug, drill and tap the bolt hole, and be happy.
The good news is since you have a 3-speed car, all you really need is the new clutch, the T5 and shifter (I'd recommend the stock Ford one, to eliminate headaches) T5 dummy shift lever and knob, the T5 adapter plate, and the T5 crossmember. Replace the clutch as normal, but install the T5 instead of the 3.03 when you are done. On a lift, the whole job should take only a few hours. There is a tiny chance the driveshaft might need trimming, but most likely you can re-use the shaft and slip yoke as-is.
Amateur restorer. Well, sometimes I have been paid for it. But not right now.
Last edited by 22GT; 10-31-2016 at 12:53 PM.