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1962 Fairlane transmission options

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustytruck66, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. rustytruck66
    Joined: Apr 11, 2011
    Posts: 2


    Bought a 1962 Fairlane 500 2 door, originally a 221/3 speed. Looking to drop in a 302 and either a 4 or 5 speed manual transmission. Looking for suggestions on which transmission would be the best fit. I hear that a T5 is too long and will put the shifter in the middle of the bench seat.
  2. stlrider
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 108


    I am running a 170 six with a cobra spec t-5. The shifter is tight but i can shift no problem. Made my own handle and the seat is half way back can't go any further foward. Overdrive is great. I got 27 mpg on the last road trip with 3:50 gears.
  3. FrozenMerc
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,739


    Find an M5R2 5 spd out of a 90's something F150. Good Gear ratio's (0.75 OD), and normally cheaper than the T5's. The shifter is also further forward on the top of the trans, just like older 4 spds. I put one in my '51 F-1 behind the 351W and the shifter location was almost the same as the stock 4 spd. The one down fall is the M5R2 trans is a bit bigger and may require a little massaging of the floor or cross members.

    Good Luck
  4. w2zero
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
    Posts: 34

    from Ruston

    Pull the tailhousing off a GM S10/S15 Blazer T5 and bolt it onto the car T5 to move the shifter forward.

  5. subdajj
    Joined: Jul 18, 2009
    Posts: 174


    Do you want to keep the car a stick? If not go with a C-4
  6. Forddraggin
    Joined: Jul 15, 2011
    Posts: 302

    from Lebanon,TN

    I use to have 62 Fairlane and I changed original motor and tranny out for a 302 with was a good setup for that car.I was very pleased

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