so looking on car-parts.com looks like t45s can be had as cheap as 400$. I think I am sold. The 98 and lower ones are the one that would be the easiest to slide into a bird correct? The trade off being a little less strength vs the 99-00
1996-mid 2001 are T45, Mid 01-04 are TR3650, and 05+ are the "long" 3650's. The early transmissions (T45/pre 05 3650) need an extension for the shifter to hit the right spot. Not too hard to fab up, but it's a little work. The later transmissions (anything 05 up) will bolt right up as far as shifter location, but will need the speedcal.
97 Thunderbird LX (The GT Bird)
2003 Explorer WAP block with Modular Head Shop "street ported" heads and Stage 2 PI NA cams, 75mm Accufab throttle body, C&L upper intake plenum, Kooks 1.75" primary/3" collector headers, 2.5" full exhaust with mid mount Magnaflow dual in/out muffler, 24lb/hr injectors, 80mm MAF, Tuning from Don @ www.lasotaracing.com
, CAI that feeds from fenderwell. Jmod, 3.73:1 TL in Mark VIII carrier, Mark VIII aluminum LCAs, 93 Mark VIII driveshaft, PBR brakes (soon to be Cobras), 18x9 wheels with 35mm offset, 255/40/ZR18 Tires, Front and Rear strut/shock bracing, GR-2 shocks, Eibach 1.5" springs, 1989 SC front and rear sway bars.