I have a 95 T-Bird 4.6 with a few mods, nothing big. I think my car has 3.08 gears. It feels like it has to wind up off the line, and when it does finally pick up the car beside me is already wound up and then its like I'm still ahead but I could be even more ahead if my car would go. Guess what I'm getting at is I would like new gears but I would still like it to be a daily driver car. 4.10 are out of the question. 3.73 are maybe but I think I like the 3.55. i read articles and it said this would still stay pretty gas friendly and be a good driver. BTW i have a new stock tranny and TC along with ALMOST EVERYTHING replaced under the car. Dad's shop gets parts cheap.
Also, I was hoping to get a 97 T-Bird (first sell my 95) and install the 3.55's. If i get a 97 Bird I wanted to swap a T-45 in. I hear they are so much better than the automatic and it would increase my times along with the fun to drive factor.
Kinda of subject, but I was looking at the 99-00 Cougars. They seem like real pocket-rockets especially with a 5-speed. Is this a good "mod-able" car or are you looking at puttin a 3.0L Taurus motor in to get your power up?
Here are some questions:
What would be the gains of 3.08 gears over 3.55 gears or 3.73 gears?
What gears would be good for me? I want improved off the line, maintain a relatively good mpg (I Get around 21mpg now so 3mpg drop wouldn't be a problem). Am I right to get the 3.55 for me?
How much are 3.55 gears, are there crap gears and elite gears? How much do they cost?
My dad works for a Lincoln Mercury place and does all my parts when they break but they don't do transmissions. That means good Ford parts
Could that shop install the gears and how much time would it take to install them? Also, do i only need to buy the gears and some good fluid or do I need something else to go along with it?
If I was to install the T-45 tranny how much money am I looking at?5-speed right?
What else would I need to upgrade along with the new tranny?
What would the overall look inside the cab be? Would there be a hole straight down where the old auto-shifter would be, or would it look like it was factory?
The T-45 with 3.55 gears would be how much improvement over a stock 95 4.6 Bird with stock gears and tranny? 3.73?
Do they suck, not preference, I mean are they a money pit waiting to happen?
How much power can you get out of one with a stock motor, excluding the hybird and taurus motors?
Do things break easy, my T-bird seems to take all kinds of abuse and keeps on fighting.
Sorry for all the questions but I'll never know until I ask, I hope i get some good replies. Thanks