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Lennie_21
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posted 03-07-2001 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a T-5 tranny along with starter from an 85 GT 5.0 that I'd like to install into my 68 Mustang along with a 10.5" dual friction clutch.

Also I have from the 85 GT 5.0 all the mounting brackets and accessories for a serpentine setup with underdrive pulleys.

Vibratech sells a Fluidamper p/n 713260, 28 in oz, which is drilled for the four bolt pulley setup and Ram Clutches sells a 28.2 in oz steal flywheel, p/n 5127, which is a 157 tooth flywheel that accepts a 10.5" clutch. Are these the proper parts to install on a 289?

Do I use a 5.0 starter or a 289 starter? I'm not sure what the tooth count is.

Also has anyone installed a hydraulic throwout bearing setup into a T-5 and how well do you like the setup? I'd like to get rid of the original clutch linkage if it's worth converting to a hydraulic throwout setup.

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-07-2001 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are the correct parts Lennie. The 5.0 starter will work. You could probably install a Richmond 5-speed for that kind of money though.

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Lennie_21
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posted 03-07-2001 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex,

Great. Thanks for the help. Problem I have is that when I bought the engine, it didn't have a damper or flywheel. Seems to me that this would be the best way to go since I'm having to buy new parts and wanted to confirm that what I'm buying is correct.

Any thoughts about a Tilton Hydraulic Throwout bearing vs. installing a spacer block in the T-5 bellhousing and using the original linkage in my 68?

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-08-2001 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never had good luck with ANY after market hydraulic clutch actuation device. They all leak and seem to be very slow.

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sigtauenus
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posted 11-09-2005 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, have you tried any of the hydraulic set-ups the past few years, ie, any improvements?

How about cable clutch conversions?

Almost all my linkage is bent out of shape and needs replaced, figure if I'm going to spend the money anyhow...

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Red68fastback
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posted 11-09-2005 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Red68fastback   Click Here to Email Red68fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Lennie_21, I have a T5 in my 68 with a hydraulic clutch set up and it works GREAT!!!!!! It's a JMC unit. It's not a hydraulic throw out bearing, it's a slave cylinder type. It's a complete kit too. Everything you need to bolt it up and install. I've had mine for two years, and still works great without any leaks...(keep my fingers crossed... ) Hope that helps alittle.

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sigtauenus
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posted 11-09-2005 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Red, how's that actuation? responsiveness, pedal effort over stock, etc?

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Red68fastback
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posted 11-09-2005 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Red68fastback   Click Here to Email Red68fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The JMC kit is a pusher style slave. The bracket mounts to the side of the T5 then the slave slides in between the backside of the clutch fork and the mounting braket on the trans. It has an adjustment and jam nut on the threaded shaft of the slave that makes it fully adjustable. It's very responsive. Just get into pretty much any new stang, Super Duty, ranger, whatever has a hydraulic clutch in it and you got the same feel. It's a nice smooth feel, with a nice crisp stiffness to it. Not anything that would wear your leg out, but not a mushy feel at all. Plus if you are tight on space with headers and all, this kit is just what you need. One braided steel hose runs from the slave unit at the pedal down to the slave on the trans. Nice, clean set up. Hope this helps.

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