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    Red face 5.0 Manual Transmission swap

    Has anyone sucessfully swapped in an operational T-5 behind a 5.0 litre. I'm wondering how the clutch mechanism is operated, cable style: i.e. Mustang/Capri or a hybrid bell housing to employ the hydraulic style used in a T-Bird Turbo Coupe. Any info on parts or kits available would be useful and appreciated. Thanks

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    this topic has been covered many many times, use the search function and you will find all of your answers BTW welcome to FTCF!!!
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    88turbo and I were looking at a link to a place that sold a retro-fit hydraulic clutch set-up for Fox and SN95 Mustangs...that will also work on our beloved Fob Cat/Birds...only thing is, I've lost said link.

    If you offer him cookies and beer, I'm sure 88turbo will dig it out for ya lol
    '87 Mustang notch , 5 lug, PBR brakes, 3.55 gears, SFC's, mild 5.0 with '40P's, Cobra intake, big cam "waiting on the heads now"..

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    mmmmmm cookies and beer
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    1979 Mercury Cougar XR7 302HO

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    http://dazed.home.bresnan.net/test#4

    enjoy

    ps: PM me for address to send cookies and beer
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    Check out this link if you haven't already. Better yet, read the whole site, lots of good info. I plan on doing the swap on my car...eventually. The easiest (and cheapest) way would to go to a junkyard and find a Mustang and start pulling parts.

    http://www.coolcats.net/tech/advance...onversion.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88turbo View Post
    http://dazed.home.bresnan.net/test#4

    enjoy

    ps: PM me for address to send cookies and beer

    And I forgot to mention I have a finders fee lol.
    '87 Mustang notch , 5 lug, PBR brakes, 3.55 gears, SFC's, mild 5.0 with '40P's, Cobra intake, big cam "waiting on the heads now"..

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    I used all Mustang parts. Cable, bell housing, tranny, etc. 100% bolt in job. Took 4 hours from start to finish. Now, if you don't have a floor shifted car, you'll obviously have to cut a hole in the floor. The pedal assembly was the hardest part, but it only took about an hour and a half or so. I removed the driver seat and column and that made the job a lot easier. I did the pedal assembly one week, then the tranny installation the next. You retain the stock driveshaft, tranny mount, cross member.It's an upgrade that was worth it, although I have to admit, I do get tired of the constant shifting in local driving. I miss the auto a little from time to time, but not enough I'd ever swap back.
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,GT-40 intake,Ed Curtis cam,aluminum heads,Scorpion rockers,70mm t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK headers,Pypes O/R X-Pipe, Dynomax mufflers, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels,Mass Air, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.55's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft.

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    Thanks for the response vinnietbird. Did you use a Mustang clutch pedal? I still have '87 T-bird turbo coupe for parts, do you know if the T-Bird clutch pedal has provisions for the use of a cable? Your engine mods sound sweet, Mustang killer right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1blt3225 View Post
    I still have '87 T-bird turbo coupe for parts, do you know if the T-Bird clutch pedal has provisions for the use of a cable?
    No. The 87-88 TC's were hydro clutch
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