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Technical Anyone running a 5 speed behind your 215 Ford 6?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by OL 55, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. I’ve got a 53 F100 with the Factory 215 6 and I was wondering if anyone figured out how to put a 5 speed behind it using mostly junkyard stuff. Thanks.

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  2. You attempting to turn a 50 MPH truck into a 70 MPH truck. that 215 aint got enuf torque to pull tall gears or a overdrive. Swap in a FE and tall rear gears.
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  3. Great to see you are keeping the 215....they are sweet running engines. As for the T5, if you can pull it off you will love it! I put one in my F-1 behind the flathead V8, really made it fun to drive.
    I doubt you will find any junkyard parts to do it, but if you can find an adapter for a Y block, that will work on the six using the 3 speed bell.
    What trans is in it now?
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  4. sunbeam
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    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020
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  5. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,871

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Good looking 53!!
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  6. Maybe a Ford 77-81 TOD in early cast iron - like a top loader or the later 79/81 aluminum based....??? ford overdrive top loader.JPG ford tod 4sp left side.JPG
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  7. Sum54ford
    Joined: May 24, 2012
    Posts: 285

    from St. Louis

    Check out Mummerts Y-block website, they have a t5 conversion for the 215-223 Ford six. I did the conversion on my 54 223 six cylinder which is basically the same as the 215. It uses a Ford Mustang t5 so the shifter is far back. As far as people saying these motors have no power, mine cruises 70 all day with no problem.
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  8. Stock 3 speed with column shift.
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  9. Thanks for the info guys.
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  10. Back up for any further information.:)

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