I'm ok with it costing up to $2500 all told, and I'm doing it piecemeal as well. I have the clutch and brake pedals out of an SC. The pedal has an attached slave if I remember correctly, but I planned on getting new ones.
I've got a used SCT X2, and I'll have to pay for another tune, unless Don Lasota considers changing from auto to manual a year or so after the initial tune, which I kind of doubt.
I'm planning on a 02-04 3650, which even though it doesn't have the ideal length for the shifter, it has the ideal (for me) gear ratio for OD, so I'm good with that. I can get a rebuilt on for $1250, or a used one for 800. I'd rather get the rebuilt I think as it'll have the newer internals.
I'd also like to get a one piece aluminum drive shaft, vs using a CV unit.
The way I look at it, I have close to $3000 into my motor swap, what's another 2 to 3K for a transmission that gives me more ratios, and ultimately better MPG?
97 Thunderbird LX (The GT Bird)
PI Swapped NPI motor with some port work on the heads, PI cams, 80mm MAF, 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, 255/40/ZR18 Tires, Front and Rear strut/shock bracing, GR-2 shocks, Eibach 1.5" springs, 1989 SC front and rear sway bars.