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AH Guy
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posted 07-03-2002 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AH Guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Can anyone suggest the best place to get a RAD trany? The local salvage yards don't seem to have much of this stuff left anymore.

Thanks in advance
Gary

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-05-2002 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That may take a bit of looking, I bet they're getting scarce. You might want to try some of the bigger Mustang junkyards.

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Percy Hazel
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posted 07-06-2002 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Percy Hazel   Click Here to Email Percy Hazel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where are you located?
I have access to a good unit.
Shipping could kill you.

Later

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AH Guy
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posted 07-08-2002 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AH Guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Its kind of a Bummer that its getting so difficult to find some of this stuff. What would be some of the "bigger Mustang junkyards"? Do you know of any web sites for them?

And since I'm in Michigan, I'm sure you are correct that shipping from WA could get expensive.

Actually, may be someone could suggest a different trany that might work for what I'm trying to do. I've got an Austin Healey replica made from a 1979 mustang with a 2.8 and a RUG 4 speed trany. The problem is that the RUG trany has the shifter mechanism off the side of the trany and I'm having clearance problems. I was told the RAD 4 speed trany from a Mustang II has the shifter mechanism more centered off the top of the trany which would solve my clearance problems. So that is why I'm looking for a RAD trany. I'm hoping it will bolt to my current bell housing. Does anyone know for sure if it will, or will I also need the bell housing for the RAD trany? Ford put so many different tranys in some of there vehicles it gets kind of confusing.

I really appreciate any help in sorting this all out. I really like the mustang, it just looks a little cooler with the Austin Healey body in it.

Sincerely
Gary

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-08-2002 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AH Guy:
I really like the mustang, it just looks a little cooler with the Austin Healey body in it.

Not by a long shot.

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Percy Hazel
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posted 07-09-2002 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Percy Hazel   Click Here to Email Percy Hazel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are looking for a tranny to put behind the V6 try a unit from the 1979
up mustangs with the V6. One from a turbo 4
T-Bird or SVO would probably work also.
Good luck hunting

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Blue_coyote
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posted 09-28-2002 03:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blue_coyote   Click Here to Email Blue_coyote     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could also try a Toyo/Kogyo 4 or 5-speed from an 83-85 2wd Ranger. The 2.8 was the "optional V6" in those years, and the T/K should be plenty strong for what you want to do with it(as well as possibly easier to find). The shifter is on the top of the extension housing.

If you want to customise your tranny tunnel a bit, you could try a T/K in the 4x4 configuration, and do WICKED smokeshows in 2wd LOW range!

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MooseII78
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posted 09-30-2002 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MooseII78   Click Here to Email MooseII78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have a V8 rad 4speed out of my II that im selling. Its just the 4-speed and shifter, no bell cable or pedals. Unit is in excellent working condition.

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AH Guy
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posted 10-04-2002 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AH Guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Ok, I'll try posting again.

Thanks for replying guys, but I solved my problem a month or so ago (I guess I haven't checked the forum in awhile).

I found a guy who makes an adapter so a T5 trany can be bolted up to a 2.8 V6. So now I have a Ford Racing 5 speed trany in my car. Slick! Since the car only weighs 2000 lbs, it really flys through the gears. I gave up trying to find a used trany because it is so hard telling what your getting and a new Ford Racing T5 from Summit Racing was only $1,100, not that much more than a used one if you don't have a core to return which I didn't. The adapter was $90. I don't have a lift so I had to have a friend who is a mechanic do the conversion and it only took him about 7 hours. I needed to also have him swap-out the bellhousing, but for those of you with the mustang II bellhousing, the conversion would be simplier yet.

The T5 is rated at just over 300 ftlb of torque so my little 2.8 will never hurt it.

Anyway, if anyone else is interested, let me know and I can get you more details on the conversion.

Thanks
Gary

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