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Old 03-14-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Will a T5 transmission for a ford (unknown year) work on a 8BA Flathead. Seems what i have been reading is the S10 T5 is the go to choice.

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Old 03-14-2015, 01:36 PM   #2
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I believe that the difference is the location of the shifting mechanism. The S10 is farther forward than the mustang type.
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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Will a T5 transmission for a ford (unknown year) work on a 8BA Flathead. Seems what i have been reading is the S10 T5 is the go to choice.
Thanks in advance for everyones help
The late '80s/early '90s Mustang W/C T-5 is a better choice over an S-10 because of better ratios, internal improvements and higher strength, but the S-10 tail housing swap moves the shifter forward and next to the gear box. A 1" adapter will mate the trans to any '49-'53 Ford/'51-'53 Mercury bell housing.
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:22 PM   #4
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The late '80s/early '90s Mustang W/C T-5 is a better choice over an S-10 because of better ratios, internal improvements and higher strength, but the S-10 tail housing swap moves the shifter forward and next to the gear box. A 1" adapter will mate the trans to any '49-'53 Ford/'51-'53 Mercury bell housing.
Almost, you need the half-bell and the hogshead plus the adapter plate or a half-bell and one of the aftermarket cast adapters.

First photo is an aftermarket cast adapter
Second photo is half-bell, hogshead & 1 inch plate adapter
Third photo is line drawing using a half-bell and aftermarket cast adapter
Forth photo is half-bell, hogshead, 1 inch plate adapter & S10 T5
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Quick Flathead question for everyone

Hi..i'm in the way to put Ford t5 on my potvin powered flathead,,and i see that there are other ways to put the shift level forward,,,a remote lever mechanism is the right way,in a mustang web page there is one type for sale....other easy way i try is to buy a opel corsa c shift lever.....or at least is not really difficult to build one yourself......
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:39 PM   #6
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Almost, you need the half-bell and the hogshead plus the adapter plate or a half-bell and one of the aftermarket cast adapters........
You just need this 1" adapter for a Mustang T-5 to bolt to the '49-'53 Ford/'51-'53 Mercury bells. A '51 Mercury is the one shown and is what I'm using in my avatar.










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Old 03-14-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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Definitely go for the late model Mustang. Better ratios and MANY improvements over the S-10.. I have used the 1" adapter plate but for my current build I am using a Quick Time bellhousing from Speedway Motors. Not cheap ($570.00) but I believe it will hold the critical engine to trans alignment more accurately..
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:54 PM   #8
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You just need this 1" adapter for a Mustang T-5 to bolt to the '49-'53 Ford/'51-'53 Mercury bells. A '51 Mercury is the one shown and is what I'm using in my avatar.
V8 Bob you are correct! I was thinking the earlier years 8ba Mercs and trucks. I am going to have to slow down on my reading!!!

I like the remote shifter using the original shifter location and shifter. That's what I am using with a Ford T5z transmission.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:45 PM   #9
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I think this is what was meant by a remote lever
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:49 PM   #10
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V8 Bob
Where did you get that adapter, I've been making them, but this is a better and cheaper way to go
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:34 AM   #11
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Where did you get that adapter, I've been making them, but this is a better and cheaper way to go
Ron, I bought my adapter from Mark Kirby (MCF) about 15 years ago. They may still be available from him at Shadow Rods, and are from Modern Driveline, below.

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Old 03-15-2015, 11:16 AM   #12
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Ron, I bought my adapter from Mark Kirby (MCF) about 15 years ago. They may still be available from him at Shadow Rods, and are from Modern Driveline, below.

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Believe Wilcap has them. V8 Bob what years of the bellhousing has the cross-shaft clutch fork setup?
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #13
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Believe Wilcap has them. V8 Bob what years of the bellhousing has the cross-shaft clutch fork setup?
The major production '51 Mercury bell housing was the only year for the '40-'48 cross shaft clutch release. ( JFYI, I'm using a '32-'39 cross shaft in the one pictured.)
A few early '51s used the '49-'50 stamped steel 1/2 bell and round patterned transmissions.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:48 PM   #14
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That adapter works with the 49-53 Ford and Mid 51 merc bell housings using all stock parts except the disk.
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The major production '51 Mercury bell housing was the only year for the '40-'48 cross shaft clutch release. ( JFYI, I'm using a '32-'39 cross shaft in the one pictured.)
A few early '51s used the '49-'50 stamped steel 1/2 bell and round patterned transmissions.
I had never seen one, didn't know they existed! Thanks.
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