I was talking to John Esposito at Quantum Mechanics, Ltd. today, and we got on the subject of 5-speed conversions. John envisions putting together a bolt-in, no-cutting, totally reverseable conversion kit based on the Ford T9 5-speed with a .825 overdrive 5th gear for Alpines. This is a popular swap in the MG & Triumph world, but to date there hasn’t been enough interest from Rootes owners to justify the engineering. The projected cost (including a professionally rebuilt T9 w/waranty and all necessary parts) is $2600.
So, would anybody be interested?
Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in this project, and in fact no longer own a Rootes 4 cylinder engine, having gone the V6 route years ago.
There is a company in either Australia or New Zealand that offer conversion kits for the Alpine, which is half the cost of the previously mentioned kit but using the celica or suprs 5 speed gearbox. Not sure whether the gearbox is included though. Not knowing what the T9 gearbox is like, it seems faitly pricey.
I have a T9 in my car that came form a Ford Sierra V6. They should also be suitable for the 4 cyl engine as the gearing is not too high. Dont know what ratios the have though in the different models/countries.