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Old 03-15-2019, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default F 150 OD trans

Is there anybody who makes a kit to install the 150 OD transmission without butchering the cross member?
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:39 AM   #2
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Dave Delmue makes a complete kit that keeps everything original.
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The Ranger 4speed install by Dave Delume works great and does not alter the frame. It does require a AA clutch housing and the driveshaft and housing are shortened about an inch or so. I really like mine in my 31 wide bed.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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Dave was in San Jose, Ca. (try his address ,modelaonly.com) and supposedly isn't providing the 1980's F150 setups any longer. Some have posted elsewhere that the 4 speed blocks any venting of the torque tube or rear end, etc. Also, his mod's require changes to the foot pedals mounting, shifter relocation and possibly the speedo calibration.
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Dave Delmue
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He is still making the F150 kits. (Just finished # 189) His kits include everything to make it a complete "bolt in" operation, including the pedals and parking brake. Shifter is moved back about an inch or so, requiring slight modification to the wood floorboard. No other mods to the frame or other metal parts. Looks stock in the cockpit when installed. No changes to the speedometer calibration since that doesn't change.

I have had his transmission in my pickup now for about 6 years, 15,000+ miles. Love it!

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Old 03-15-2019, 02:50 PM   #6
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Dave Delmue
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He is still making the F150 kits. (Just finished # 189) His kits include everything to make it a complete "bolt in" operation, including the pedals and parking brake. Shifter is moved back about an inch or so, requiring slight modification to the wood floorboard. No other mods to the frame or other metal parts. Looks stock in the cockpit when installed. No changes to the speedometer calibration since that doesn't change.

I have had his transmission in my pickup now for about 6 years, 15,000+ miles. Love it!

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Thanks for the update.I talked to him in 2016 and understood he wasn't supplying them any longer. Glad he's back at it.
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Dave Delmue
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He is still making the F150 kits. (Just finished # 189) His kits include everything to make it a complete "bolt in" operation, including the pedals and parking brake. Shifter is moved back about an inch or so, requiring slight modification to the wood floorboard. No other mods to the frame or other metal parts. Looks stock in the cockpit when installed. No changes to the speedometer calibration since that doesn't change.

I have had his transmission in my pickup now for about 6 years, 15,000+ miles. Love it!

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CarlG, Someone mentioned shortening the drive shaft. Is the true on yours? Thanks.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:43 PM   #8
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The torque tube, drive shaft, and radius rods all have to be shortened about an inch or so. All that is included in Dave’s kit.


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Thanks Carl. I was looking at getting a Mitchell O/D but now my transmission is acting up. It sounds like a better option for me to go with the F-150 O/D.
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Dave Delmue makes a complete kit that keeps everything original.
I think it was Dave I spoke to at last year's MAFCA rally in Reno. We spoke about how it would have taken almost nothing extra to make his conversion right or left compatible, something he hadn't even thought of. Are this chap's kits RHD capable?
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Shoot him an email.


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Will do!
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I have had Daves kit for 10 years and 25,000 Mi. It is bolt in and he provides all the parts. I love it. It is quite a bit of work, but he answered aLL my questions as it went along.

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Old 03-16-2019, 05:31 AM   #14
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I have 4,000 miles on Daves kit and I could not be happier. His kit is first class and includes everything, and looks stock when completed.

The only thing I would like to change would be to add a fifth gear.
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For those of you who can't afford the $3800.00 for Dave Delume's F150 4 speed kit and have good mechanical ability, there is an another option. Mac's speed Shop in New Zealand offers a bell housing and rear adapter plate for the F150 transmission that really cuts down on the amount of machining that needs to be done. The costs are $465 and $175 respectively plus shipping. The transmission output shaft needs to be shortened, but that can be sent out to Moser Engineering in Portland, IN. The easy part of the build in shortening the driveshaft, torque tube and radius rods. Your cost will be thousands less the Dave's kit.
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Following Al’s rational reminded me of an old legal saying: When a lawyer represents himself in a legal action he has a fool for a client. I feel the same way when getting into things I know nothing about. Leave the technical stuff to the experts who have had the experience and have hundreds of times refining the process.
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Carl, to convert the F150 transmission into a unit that with work in the Model A is not rocket science. Anyone with the equipment (lathe and milling machine) and the technical ability can do this conversion. I did my own conversion 12 years and 15,000 miles ago for much less money then the two vendors were charging at that time. Now, the needed machining is now much less if you use Mac's rear adapter plate and bell housing. Dave Delume makes a fine kit, but $3800 is $3800. Better in my pocket then his.
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Carl, to convert the F150 transmission into a unit that with work in the Model A is not rocket science. Anyone with the equipment (lathe and milling machine) and the technical ability can do this conversion. I did my own conversion 12 years and 15,000 miles ago for much less money then the two vendors were charging at that time. Now, the needed machining is now much less if you use Mac's rear adapter plate and bell housing. Dave Delume makes a fine kit, but $3800 is $3800. Better in my pocket then his.


Lathe, milling, machine, welder, technical abilities, etc. Of course we all have those, Right?


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Old 03-17-2019, 03:27 PM   #20
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I received this from Mac's in NZ. Note that the prices are in US $.

Hi Chris, I assume you have a non World Class T5? Will need to know Ford 123mm or GM 119mm front spigot T5. Prices as follows in US $.

MSSC01 or 02 adaptor $ 465.00
MSSG09 release bearing kit $ 115.00 (only if using diaphragm p/plate)
MSSG02 stock release brg sleeve $ 40.00
10" special offset clutch plate $ 175.00
10" diaphragm style p/plate $ 175.00

Postage and insurance bellhousing and release bearing $ 240.00
Postage and insurance clutch p/plate $ 135.00

As far as the centre cross member goes I think a small notch is required to clear the shifter tower.

I currently have adapters and all parts in stock.

Let me know if I can supply any or all of what you require.

Thanks Graeme


I am still going to search for options so I won't have to modify the cross member.
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