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XR7 Phillip
08-08-2014, 03:07 PM
After having my car down for most of the summer, I finally got it back together with a functioning 6-speed. I've been driving it the past couple days to work out some bugs, but I think I got it pretty well nailed down. It's not all high end, expensive stuff, but it works. It's fun to drive, but lots of shifting, especially with 4.56 gears. I can cruise on the highway just under 2500 rpm. At the track it should trap at the top of 4th. Although I don't really plan on racing it for a while cause I can't afford to break it. Lol.

More details and some pictures to follow.

Phil

kenewagner
08-08-2014, 03:45 PM
After having my car down for most of the summer, I finally got it back together with a functioning 6-speed. I've been driving it the past couple days to work out some bugs, but I think I got it pretty well nailed down. It's not all high end, expensive stuff, but it works. It's fun to drive, but lots of shifting, especially with 4.56 gears. I can cruise on the highway just under 2500 rpm. At the track it should trap at the top of 4th. Although I don't really plan on racing it for a while cause I can't afford to break it. Lol.

More details and some pictures to follow.

Phil

Cool deal. Look forward to hearing more

Ken

figulaz
08-08-2014, 10:45 PM
That's an incredible street machine. 6spd and 400 rwhp! I looked through talonheads write up on the t56 swap...it looked like quite the undertaking. Congrats. Let us know mpg results

kenewagner
08-09-2014, 10:12 AM
Forget the milage:rolleyes: Want to see if it puts up a faster number on the 1/4 mile:D

Ken

Steve Richards
08-09-2014, 04:44 PM
Good job Phil. Glad you managed to bleed it properly and now have something to drive to college.

no164ford
08-09-2014, 05:18 PM
Good job that should work out way better than the 5 speed.

talonhead
08-10-2014, 01:52 AM
This thread is so totally worthless without pics!
MikeH aka talonhead ;)

XR7 Phillip
08-10-2014, 09:45 PM
The transmission was pretty rough when I got it. I think it came out of a low mileage southern car that had been totaled in a flood, possibly hurricane Katrina. Anyway, it wouldn't turn at all at first, so I had to rebuild it. Ended up doing a basic rebuild myself, basically just replaced all the bearing. All the gears were really rusty and corroded so I ended up blasting them all to remove the rust, but they were still pitted. Decided to just run and see what happens. It actually runs pretty smooth for as bad as it was. lol

Being limited in my car funds, the only upgrades I opted for were the brass fork pads and billet keys for the 1-2 and 3-4 sliders, known weaknesses in the trans. My stock pads were pretty worn anyway and two of the stock stamped steel keys were broken. The stock syncros that came out of the trans were in pretty decent shape so they were reused.

Almost like my trans blew headgaskets.. :rolleyes:

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Everything in the trans was really grody.

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This bearing race was an absolute pain to remove.

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Bearing races on the output shaft were pitted too. Ended up sanding them with some 2000 grit very gently. Still not the greatest.

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This race was most likely the reason the trans wouldn't turn. Practically seized into the bearing.

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XR7 Phillip
08-10-2014, 10:01 PM
New Billet keys

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New bronze fork pads compared to the original plastic ones

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Setting preload on the countershaft extension

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Custom rod I made for setting preload instead of buying the appropriate tool. haha

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I actually ended up selling my MPX so the car has an s-port on it now. Still makes about 320 hp. But that's one of the reasons it's not being raced.

Steve - I'm not entirely convinced I got all the air out of the system, but it works, so I'm not taking it apart again. lol

XR7 Phillip
08-10-2014, 10:12 PM
All clean and shiny

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All back together

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I ended up using a spacer made out of an M5R2 bellhousing in order to get the proper clutch spacing and input shaft engagement into the back of the crankshaft. Still had to do a bunch of shimming of the flywheel and slave to get the proper clutch engagement.

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talonhead
08-10-2014, 10:22 PM
Holy crap! That's some nasty stuff!
What are some parts used on your install. You can pm me if you want. Would like to compare notes. My -56 is strapped to a tranny jack to be fitted to a BBF to check fitment of the package. It' been sitting there for several months. My wrist injury from a year and a half ago flailed up and I couldn't support any weight or rotate it. Finishing up with PT for a shoulder/neck issue (also work related) I tell you, this straight 40hr week crap is not conductive to funding an engine or transmission project. My limit on "Extras" (beyond bills and keeping savings going) has been severely curtailed.
I really want to get back into the garage.
MikeH

XR7 Phillip
08-21-2014, 09:07 PM
Got some more pictures. They're from my phone, so they're not the best.

Transmission mount relocated back like 2.5 inches or so.

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Gm clutch line adapted onto a sc slave. Braided -3 line to the sc master cylinder.

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Badazz 4 inch driveshaft balanced to 10,000 rpm. :cool:

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Pic of the custom trans spacer installed.

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XR7 Phillip
08-21-2014, 09:20 PM
Reinforced stock diff mount attached to ford racing diff cover.

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Upgraded driveshaft flange

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I love running these gears. :D

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Not having a center console made shifter location really easy. I actually moved where the handle ends up closer to me and farther back. I kinda like it.

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Best part of the whole deal is how close together 1-4 are. Rpm drop between gears is way less than an m5r2. It never bogs and you're always on the power band. I was on the highway the other day and downshifted from 6th to 4th and punched it. 4th tops out just over 100. Lol. With the super tall gear, the motor rpms much faster and makes the car seem quicker than before. :D

talonhead
08-21-2014, 10:20 PM
Where you used bar stock to move the crossmember rearward, I extended the pads and used another set of clips and bolts with 2 sets of bolts to hold the modified crossmember.
I used the McLeod scollop spacer ring where you used the M5R2 bell face.
Different, but still a nice job!
MikeH

talonhead
08-21-2014, 10:24 PM
I liked the 3rd gear from the M5R2, feather the clutch from a dead stop, and hit 4th somewhere north of 120mph!
MikeH

talonhead
08-21-2014, 10:29 PM
I also have the 1350 series pinion adapter and slip yoke.

XR7 Phillip
08-21-2014, 11:17 PM
I could have sprung for a slip yoke made from chrome moly for an addition $100 or something like that. Decided to leave that till I upgrade the output shaft to the viper one with more splines. :rolleyes:

shoalcracker
08-21-2014, 11:43 PM
I could have sprung for a slip yoke made from chrome moly for an addition $100 or something like that. Decided to leave that till I upgrade the output shaft to the viper one with more splines. :rolleyes:

Your still sitting quiet at 325 if I'm not mistaken.

Paul

XR7 Phillip
08-22-2014, 12:40 AM
325 hp? Yeah, something like that. :cool: