Started with a Borg Warner T5. Had a local transmission shop rebuild the internals with FMS HD components and added an FMS clutch, pressure plate and throw-out bearing. I wrestled with the purchase of a new Tremec but decided that I would wait until I installed the 427 or 504.....
|Fresh Paint: It was looking a little long in the tooth so degreased the outside and power-washed. Then I topped it off with two coats of primer and two coats of Eastwood AlumaBlast paint. |
|Shifter: I just could not install without a new shifter so I added a Pro- 5.0. |
|Transmission Installed: Like anything else it is easy to rush and just put things together but personally I like to take my time, consider my options and in the end be completely satisfied with my build. I am quite pleased with the the fit and finish of the transmission. Keep in mind that the transmission tunnel is totally custom (1" tubes) . |
|Driveshaft safety Hoop +: For added protection I fabricated a typical safety hoop but added some extra horizontal braces (which are multi-functional) and as you can see will pretty much prevent a loose driveshaft from entering the driver compartment or dangling onto the road. |
|Steeda clutch quadrant & petal box: |
Be warned ...modifications have a way of snowballing.... The MKI I was known to have a small driver foot box. To get another 2 inches of leg room the petal box was shortened (notice welds) and moved. This worked great except that it caused interference between the clutch quadrant and firewall. To rectify this I did a little milling on the clutch quadrant. I also fabricated a 0.090" thick dropped floor... and increased the size of the foot box as much as possible without interfering with the 4x4 headers.
|Steeda Clutch Adjuster: This aftermarket piece combined with the clutch quadrant will make clutch adjustment a lot easier. |
Again I ran into interference .... this time between the quadrant and adjuster (caused by the foot box shortening) but ....I had my Dad turn a spacer/adapter (see photos) that allows me to use the full stroke of the adjuster without any interference with the quadrant. Nice little trick piece.