One of my lemons teammates is newly divorced (it was amicable and there are no kids involved so it worked out well) and has decided to take on an 5.0 swap into an E30. Prior to being a code monkey, he spent a few years working as a mechanic so he's been nearly as helpful as Dan in educating me on how to build/rebuild our tbird track car.
He already has the E30 and he recently purchased the donor car for $1100 (runs and drives).
The thinking is that at this price (given his newfound time), he can part out the Mustang and pull the engine and at least breakeven.
He can then build up the 5.0. The current plan is to tear it down to a bare block, send it to the machine shop to be bored out and align honed and once it's back, build it up into a 347 stroker w/ budget aluminum heads. Tuning will be done with QH.
Our paper napkin estimate is that we should end up ~400HP and +/- similar ft-lb of torque.
If at any point he decides to bail on the project and sell off the engine, I'll have a spare 302 for our racecar
That should be plenty scary in a 2600LB car. Goal is to use this car on the street (not a drag strip or track weapon)
Q: While he's still a few months away from having the engine ready, I wanted to ask you folks to help educate us on T5 transmissions, specifically, what should he consider buying for this project that will stand up to the amount of torque this engine is expected to make?
Since the donor vehicle came with an automatic, He's going to need the transmission + bellhousing but the e30 will supply the necessary clutch pedal. I believe the e30s use a hydraulic clutch system so I'm sure there's already a clutch slave that's spec'd out for this application (he has the swap manual -- not me).
Anyway, it's a slow friday at the office so back to my questions.
Q: What's a reasonable price to pay for the transmission + bellhousing? From what I can see in the Bay Area, CA, they seem to go for $400-700 ($700 being pitched as a full swap kit) for a used T5 that "works good and does other stuff good too".
Q: What would you buy instead of a used JY/CL trans? New/Reman trans with warranty + used bellhousing? If new/reman, who would you recommend he buy from?
Q: Finally, is there anything else he should look out for? The one item I've read is to avoid the 4cyl T5 as they are only rated to 240lb-ft (which this engine will definitely exceed).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/advice you guys can offer. My buddy has the time to look for a deal and can be patient.
PS. BTW, if any of you are in the Boise area and/or need any shippable parts off a 94 Mustang GT automatic (except for the engine/harness/ECU), send me a PM and I'll put you in contact with Brett.