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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-02-2006, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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'94 auto to manual

I finally got a T-Bird (been looking around for a while) to play with, but it's a 3.8 auto.

My car is a '93, and I was wondering how much trouble and cost it would be to swap the tranny for a manual? How tied into the ecu is this, or could I just put a resister between pins and have the computer think it's shifting or something?

I got the car really cheap, and there's a list of things to do (like replace or rebuild the tranny) so I'm seeing where I can start and working from there.


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Your AOD is not controlled by car's computer so changing to a Supercoupe M5R2 transmission should be no problem.
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Thanks.
What other cars can I find the M5R2 in? A quick search showed the Thunderbird/Cougar SC as well as '88-97 Bronco and F150/250.
Will the truck tranny fit?

I also have a foot brake, and no hand brake. This will have to be fixed.

Right now the car shakes on anything other than a light launch, and sounds like I'm grinding the gears once in a while. I only just bought it today (yesterday actually) but it looks like I need to check my fluid levels or it could be the forward clutch seal rings.
I figured it was a good excuse to build my new toy up a bit.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 01:17 AM
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the m5r2 you need can only be found in the sc or 89-90 xr7, the tailhousing and top cover are totally different on the trucks

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I'll grab some tools and the truck tomorrow.
How many Supercharged T-birds or Cougar XR7s get to a junk yard? I guess I'll find out.
No Mustang trannys will work? Their like candy down here darn it.
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i usually find at least one 5-speed car every few months at the yards i go to, as for mustang trannys the 5.0 and v6 manual would fit IF you had a shifter extension box fabbed up

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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aww, there's an if... and it's in caps.
I just got done reading that this swap would put the shifter in my AC controls, basically.
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yep, but from what ive seen a shifter extension box isnt that hard to do.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Who's done this before?

I'll probably have to replace my rear brakes for one that uses a cable operated hand brake.

I'm going to get my AOD checked out, find a tranny to swap in, then stop by the shop one day and do the swap after I know the rest of the car is as good shape as I think it is.
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