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:confused: Hi All. I bought a 68 parts car over the weekend and it was a 4spd car so I have a very nice complete set of clutch pedals. When I first bought my Cat I thought it would be cool to put in a 5 spd but when I saw the price of clutch pedal assy's on E-bay decided my Automatic would be fine! But now that I have everything I need I'm thinking about it again. I have a good T5 and bell housing, I know some of you have done this and I'd like to see what Info you guys have nefore I make my decisions. What other parts do I need? I saw a site about a cable clutch swap and I didnt like the looks of that, I want to stay with the original linkage if I do it. I want it to look original. Lets see what you guys can come up with!
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I'm just finishing up an FMX to T5 swap. I am using the hydraulic setup from John's Mustangs, though I have not yet succesfully set this up. This really is a bolt in swap. If you have all the stock linkage from the parts car, you can use this, that is if you don't have headers that would get in the way of the linkage. Here are some on-line articles to help you with this:

http://fordmuscle.com/archives/2000/09/t5swap/index.shtml
http://www.stangnet.com/tech/t5swap.html

If you decide to go with a cable setup instead, there are three pretty good solutions. I spoke to all three vendors, and they were all very helpful, responsive and friendly. I didn't go with any of the cable setups though, as my long tube headers could pose a problem. However, I did purchase other pieces for the swap from two of the vendors (Bruce from Modern Driveline & Ron from Ron Morris Performance) and was very satisfied with the quality of the pieces. Here are the cable options:

http://www.ronmorrisperformance.com/03clutch/index.html
http://www.moderndriveline.com/Technical_Bits/automatics.htm
http://www.mustangsteve.com/cable.html

There are people on the Vintage Mustang Forum that have used each of these setups and all seem very happy with the results.

Let me know if there are any other questions I can try to answer for you.
 

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I did this and I used the hydraulic setup from John's Mustangs. They were quite helpful when I had (and I did) a few problems setting it up. You will need a flywheel balanced to your engine and the clutch fork. If you decide to go with a fcatory type linkage I guess you will be needing all the linkage frm the donor car. You have the tricky part (the pedals) the rest I believe you can buy through the vendors. Hope that helps.
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What about the other things like a crossmember and the driveshaft? Will my stock ones work or will I need different ones??? Thanks for the help...
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I swapped my toploader 3-speed out for a t-5. The stock drive shaft worked, but I believe a automatic one is longer. Yes you will need a new crossmember (I made one). Everything else depends on your bellhousing. Hope I helped.
 

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In my swap, and I believe you are doing the same, I needed the crossmember. They are about $150USD and are availible a lot of places. I got mine from CJ Pony Parts (they are in Pa I believe). Oddly the driveshaft did not need to be shortened at all even though I also purchased a different yoke. Hope that answers most of the questions.
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You can perform and T-5 or Tremec swap real easily using the stock linkage and a late model bellhousing. Both T-5 and Tremec bellhousing can be used when a Folcrum kit. From there the stock 157 tooth flywheel can be used or a new lighten billet steel unit can be install at has a 10.5 clutch pattern. From there you will need to replace the crossmember as the T-5 and Tremec both have the mounting points further back. T-5 and Tremec crossmember are NOT the same so make sure to ask for the correct one when ordering from your favorite vendor. ;)

As some have already mentioned, the driveshaft does not always need to be shortened, but in most cases it does as the input shaft of the T-5 and Tremec is longer. If you have a four speed bell housing and want to install a Tremec, we offer a shorten imput shaft model that bolts up to a stock four speed bellhousing.

Feel free to email us your questions.

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