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Old 01-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Installing T-5 in a '69

I just purchased a new World Class T-5 and plan on installing it in my '69 convertible, which currently has a 3-speed manual. I want to use the stock clutch and bell housing. From what I've read, I need a spacer plate, cross-member, transmission mount, and a shifter. Will my driveline fit without modification? Anything else I'm missing?
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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i shortened my drive shaft one inch
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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It's cheaper to use the T-5 bell. All you need to do is move the release arm pivot from the old one to the T-5 bell using a small spacer block.

I didn't have to shorten the driveshaft on my '66.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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Really? It seems like purchasing a new bell housing would be more expensive than just buying the spacer. I'll check that out though. It's certainly not much more work.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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Looking at the Modern Driveline catalog, it looks like I'd need the bell housing ($195), and block plate ($38), or I could just buy a spacer plate for $160. I guess if I could find some used parts, it would reduce the cost significantly.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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Looking at the Modern Driveline catalog, it looks like I'd need the bell housing ($195), and block plate ($38), or I could just buy a spacer plate for $160. I guess if I could find some used parts, it would reduce the cost significantly.
That bellhousing is easy to find used and cheap. I pay about 20 dollars for them any fox body t5 mustang 302 bell will work. Same with the block plate.
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I dug around on my local craigslist and wrecking yard site. Nothing. Everything on ebay looked pretty spendy or in terrible shape. Is there any advantage (besides cost) to using a T-5 bell housing over using the adapter plate?
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Adding more connections is never very good, I guess I would say the t5 bellhousong is "cleaner" and might be a stronger/more stable.
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I dug around on my local craigslist and wrecking yard site. Nothing. Everything on ebay looked pretty spendy or in terrible shape. Is there any advantage (besides cost) to using a T-5 bell housing over using the adapter plate?
Im not sure wouldnt think so. Might want to check if you can use a cable clutch with the bellhousing u have since alot of people do a cable clutch and u might want to latter.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:11 PM   #10
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Adding more connections is never very good, I guess I would say the t5 bellhousing is "cleaner" and might be a stronger/more stable.
I've seen, and driven, a bunch of these and the adapter plate doesn't seem to be a problem. The adapter block for the T5 bell doesn't seem to be a problem, either.

Not long ago I did some work on a 65 with a T5 in it, and afterward I drove it hard, to make sure it'd be OK for the owner. I'm glad I did, on the test drive he beat that car without mercy. It held up fine.
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