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Old 05-08-2018, 09:36 PM   #21
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:52 PM   #22
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That's the main reason I went with the F150 overdrive solution. I not only got synchromesh in all gears, but got overdrive at the same time.
I'd like one of those transmissions in my car but....
As I understand it, the cross member has to be cut some. Not allowed here!
Adapting for RHD isn't easy or cheap.
I've done well enough with the synchro tranny and O/D by Mitchell - a good combination.
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I'd like one of those transmissions in my car but....

As I understand it, the cross member has to be cut some. Not allowed here!

Adapting for RHD isn't easy or cheap.

I've done well enough with the synchro tranny and O/D by Mitchell - a good combination.


No cutting of the cross member is required.


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Old 05-08-2018, 10:56 PM   #24
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What I find amazing is why anyone would throw $2,000 at a tranny with NO 1st gear synchro. Apparently they never shift into 1st while rolling? I tried a vehicle with a Mitchell for about 10 miles in city stop-go traffic. Hated it for that reason.
I have a 38 truck with a 4sp. All straight gears, love the Mitchell. Works for me.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:03 AM   #25
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Arnold an easier and cheaper way is to fit a V8 box.
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What I find amazing is why anyone would throw $2,000 at a tranny with NO 1st gear synchro. Apparently they never shift into 1st while rolling? I tried a vehicle with a Mitchell for about 10 miles in city stop-go traffic. Hated it for that reason.

You are absolutely correct about their lack of fitting the assembled tower they send to the box. A few simple Go / NoGo fixtures in their shop would fix this before it went out the door.

As to the plastic (likely nylon) fork fingers, this is common on many transmissions and if you are a constant city traffic shift banger you may only get 10,000 miles out of a set. Likely will last the 1st owner's lifetime in an A.
Don't think it's amazing at all but to each his own. I really like mine as does my wife. I like it primarily due to ease of downshifting into second. Whereas with the original set-up we tended to either keep it in third lugging the engine or grind gears in second. While synchronized first is nice, we're stopped anyway and going to first. Even later than the Model A era, transmissions didn't have synchro first for quite awhile. I think we're lucky they could fit synchros for second and third within an original case.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:55 AM   #27
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I also have a 49 Packard and it has no first gear synchro. The owner's manual says no need for 1st gear unless dead stopped.

As regards the Mitchell, I run a stock transmission in my 31 with a Mitchell Overdrive and it is a perfect combination for me. I have had it in the car for 12 years and it has given no trouble...Ernie
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I also have a 49 Packard and it has no first gear synchro. The owner's manual says no need for 1st gear unless dead stopped.

As regards the Mitchell, I run a stock transmission in my 31 with a Mitchell Overdrive and it is a perfect combination for me. I have had it in the car for 12 years and it has given no trouble...Ernie
Ernie,

I think that is true for the Model A. I believe the manual says to shift into second at 15 mph so it's not necessary to downshift into first while the car is moving, and if you do downshift at slow speeds, the transmission goes into first without any grinding.

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Bear in mind, Its said no cutting x member however the brake x shaft is a different shape on a RHD than LHD this may give a clearance problem , Mitchells do a RHD box & RHD overdrive ,Visited them few weeks ago & collected our orders ,Full tour of plant & Mrs Mitchell is one out of the bag , Great lady ,
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Double clutching is part of the fun of driving a Model A. Think I'll keep the stock tranny.
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:48 PM   #32
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Double clutching is part of the fun of driving a Model A. Think I'll keep the stock tranny.
My way of thinking also.

Since I seldom drive more than maybe 350 miles in a year, I could never justify spending all that time and money, to make my Model A shift like a new Mustang GT. It just isn't that important to me.

The older I get the more I realize, keep it stock or in MY case KISS Keep It Stock Stupid
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Katy . One out of the bag . Means she is a top lady, maybe an amazing lady, sometimes down under we use different sayings , we could start a whole new thread on them ??
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:30 PM   #36
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Ok, that would eliminate that as a problem but even sourcing such a coghouse here isn't easy. I'm not aware of any vehicles sold here with the T5 in them. There may well have been but.....
Then fitting it up RHD - Arrgghh! Too hard.
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Double clutching is part of the fun of driving a Model A. Think I'll keep the stock tranny.
One of the advantages of the Mitchell gearbox, I think is the modified ratios for 1st and 2nd gears. I know there are kits out there to give the same ratios in a non synchro box but they are spendy too.
I run 3 Model As, one fitted with the Mitchell synchro gearbox and O/D, the other 2 have standard gearboxes and O/D. I drive those like a 5 speed. High 2nd is a very useful gear, especially when towing. A cable shifter makes things easier too.
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Katy . One out of the bag . Means she is a top lady, maybe an amazing lady, sometimes down under we use different sayings , we could start a whole new thread on them ??
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