#61923
quote Theo:

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It appears to be less involved and cheaper than putting in a different trans.

Check this picture for what the Gear Vendors replacement extension housing looks like. Now imagine fitting that into the part of the transmission tunnel that is about 1/2″ wider than the existing Toploader housing.

Also, it’s $3K, while Tom Hall’s T5 kit costs $2250 or so. Tom will sell you a complete transmission with all extra parts for about $4k, while David Kee Toploaders will sell you a rebuilt Toploader with the Gear Vendors overdrive for $4595:
http://www.4speedtoploaders.com/toploaderpricelist.htm

So, I have my doubts that it’s neither less involved nor cheaper…

I think that Gearvendors piece is unreal! Can you imagine a clutchless 1-2 (1st over) shift with my 3.54 posi… lol! Would swap about 3 lanes I’m sure… Looking at the dimensions…and where it has to go…HUGE cutting involved…if not impossible…:(

I’m thinking of going the T5 route in my car… I’ve just acquired the AMC tailhousing piece. It has the shifter forward but it is right in the middle so I’m now wondering if it needs to be be rocked to the driver’s side a bit to come up in the right hole? I also see sideways offset ( about 2") shifters for TKO’s but not sure if there is one for a T5. Also the speedo hookup looks a bit odd on the AMC tailhousing… not sure how easy it is to hook that up…
I was thinking of getting an ’83 to ’93 Mustang core…putting in the 2.95 first gear z-spec gearset and input shaft ( about $469) as I think the 3.35 would be too low for my 3.54’s and 24.5" tires… and I need the torque rating for my new engine…
I also have access to a Chevette T5 and have been given the tailhousing # which is different from the AMC one but I haven’t actually seen it so hard to say if the shifter’s in the same location …
A lot to consider..but it sure would be nicer on the highway with one more gear…!
Does anyone have Tom Hall’s ph# ? I’m sure he could answer some of my questions on the swap…