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OD trans dilemma
#1
OK guys, heres the skinny. I have wanted to do a T-5 conversion to the 'stang. I bought a retrofit clutch pedal already but that's it. Yesterday a buddy e-mailed me and asked if I want his spare AOD as he is moving and has nowhere to go with it. So being a good hollander I can't say no to free parts. Now thew quandry! The AOD is a MUCH simpler install and will achieve the same end result at considerably less expense. Now it's decision time. IS a trans in the hand worth 2 in the bush. The only thing I need to come up with for the AOD is a converter and refresh kit. I have the ability to rebuild either the auto or the stick so that's not a problem.

HELP

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#2
Personally I would put the AOD up for sale to help fund the 5 speed conversion. But the big question is to you really want to change gears all the time or will you be happy with the auto when you already had it in your mind to do a 5 speed conversion then end up doing it twice down the road.
I think all old cars should be a stick but hey thats me.
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#3
Well, maybe stick with hydraulic assist? I'm not a die hard stick fan, for red light and traffic reasons, but we build these to run don't we?
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#4
As another "Hollander", I would certainly take the AOD but I think I would go with the T5 since you have wanted to do it. Installing the AOD could always be a future projectSmile.

Face it, us Modifyers are NEVER finished with our cars. My Mach 1 has has four (4) different engines in it. It came with a C6, now has a Toploader and I am now looking at going back to a C6 with the 545.

As far as stop and go driving, truth be told most of us probably do not drive our cars every day so that is not an issue.

For some of us, the "journey" is worth more than the "destination."

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.
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#5
I guess I'm different but I don't see anything better than driving a 4 or 5 speed hot rod around town.

Jay
73 mach1
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#6
I'm torn because the AOD would fit my intended purpose for the car (I want a real nice road car that can go anywhere anytime). The 5-speed would be soooooooo much fun.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#7
Like I said earlier, its yours, 5 speeds will also always be around. So its totally your call here, just remember what the car is for.... TO ENJOY
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#8
Tough call the OD would be easer to install and easer on the car.
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#9
I have the same delima.I know I am going to do something because I love my low gears.Just can't make up my mind!

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#10
Right now I'm leaning toward the AOD for the ease of install and achieving the goal for less cash. Besides the wife can still drive it once in a while.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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