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1959 f100 t-5 swap

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ptra2417, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. ptra2417
    Joined: Nov 28, 2011
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    i have a 1959 f350 which has a 292yblock in it with a 4 speed trans. I am swapping in a 351w with a t5. My question is what is the easiest way to hook up the clutch to the pedal. right now it has a hydralic clutch but the t5 has a clutch cable. has anyone done this swap? do i use the cable and if so what do i do about a pedal? or do they make a kit that converts the t5 to a hydralic setup? the t5 is out of a 1990 mustang 5.0
     
  2. FrozenMerc
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    There are a bunch of companies that offer hydraulic swap kits for the Mustang T5. Do a Google search for Mustang T5 Hydraulic Clutch and you should find plenty of info, products, and results. Basically all you will need is a slave cylinder (you should be able to use your master), and some bracketry and hydraulic line.

    That being said, are you sure you want to run a T5 behind a 351W in that heavy of a truck??? The World Class T5 was only rated at 300 ft-lbs in 1990, that is a number even a mild 351W can reach, and with all that weight (6,000+ lb truck) on your drivers giving you traction, well that is a recipe for a broken T5. In other words, Be Gentle.

    Just my $0.02, but if it was my truck, I would sell the T5 to someone with a light hot rod and go find a ZF5-42 out of a 1987 to 1994 F250, 350, or 450, making sure it was bolted to a Windsor or 300 as the bellhousing is part of the case and the ZF5-42 also was put behind the 460 and Powerstroke Diesels.

    Good Luck
     
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  3. ptra2417
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    The truck actually only weighs 4500 pounds I weighed it when I dis some scrap metal. And the t5 isn't permanent its just to get the truck ib and driving until I can afford something else. The t5 are cheap and easy to find that's why im going this way to start
     
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  5. JDiGio1960
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    im having the same concerns with my 1960 f100.. im not too sure on how im going to do this.. im going from a 223 with three on the tree to a 91' 302 and a 92' T5
     
  6. ptra2417
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    I think the easiest thing would be to but an adapter on trans to make it a hydraulic clutch. But if there was a way to use the cable that would be sweet to then I could get rid of the clutch master on the firewall
     
  7. need louvers ?
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    I have actually done this with a Wilwood pull type slave cylinder. Super easy, but it's been a few years. I made a slightly longer adjustment rod, pulled the rubber seal off the output end of the slave and replaced it with a simple flat piece of rubber. Slid the slave cylinder adjustment rod through the old cable end hole and hooked it up to the throwout arm using one of the conical nuts that came with the slave. Hooked up and blead the slave, done. Easy, easy, easy!
     
  8. JDiGio1960
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    have any pics or anything of that?
     
  9. jfg455
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    I know I am digging up an old thread but I am in the middle of almost the same swap. Went from a 223 / 3spd to a 351W / T5. McLeod just came out with a pull style slave cylinder made for the T5 transmissions. Only issue I have run across is the McLeod unit calls for a 5/8" bore master with a 2" stroke. I have found Zero units with such. The stock F100 master is a 1.1" bore. This means you get a 4" pedal stroke and it is hard as hell to push (read: next to impossible) I have ordered a Wilwood unit with a 3/4" bore and a 1.4" stroke wich has the same fluid volume (within a couple of decimil points close) as the required McLeod unit. I will come back and post the results when it comes in as well as some pics of it all installed.
     

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