As my car is almost ready for reassembly my MAW syndrome has flared up terribly.
MAW is the scientific term for the "Might As Wells"… a malady that apparently
is very common in the car hobby. Symptoms vary but typically include late nights
searching the web, increasingly cold stares from the wife and a much lighter wallet.
"well since the engine is already out…. I might as well……. replace it, switch out my trans, etc…."
I was just curious as to what you guys have done with your engines/trans and perhaps
some insight as to what led you to your final decision.
I went with a 1986 302 with the roller cam. That way I did not have to worry about additives in the oil.
For the transmission I used a top loader from my 77 Monark. I already had it so there was no additional cost for a little bit of overdrive. I like it at highway speeds, but the gap between second and third is too wide.
Not really. My car was using the Hurst shifter setup with the Tiger toploader. So I had to fabricate a new mounting plate for the Hurst shifter to the Monark toploader. The speedometer cable goes in on the opposite side so that needed to be rerouted. The Monark toploader is a little shorter in length so I had a new driveshaft made but it could have been handled with a spacer behind the Tiger driveshaft.
I rebuilt the origonal 260 in the Tiger we have and used a GM 5 speed just machined an adaptor plate and used an SVO clutch which is the same spline as GM.
the T5 was way less money than looking for a Ford T5!