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T5 into 40 ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by johnale, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. johnale
    Joined: May 22, 2013
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    johnale
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    from Melbourne

    I'm looking at putting a chevy s10 t5 behind my flathead in my 40 ford. I'm converting to open drive.
    My question is has anybody done this keeping the rear stock radius rods and used a torque arm, or should I look at a ladder bar system for it?

    Any advice would be great!

    Thanks
    John


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  2. Just me,but radius rods and torque arm
     
  3. johnale
    Joined: May 22, 2013
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    johnale
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    That's the way I'd like to go, just want to make sure the stock 40 radius rods will cope!
    This will save me a fair bit of cash as well.


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  4. brokenspoke
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    Checkout T-5 Tech in a search......crazydaddyo makes agreat adapter for the t-5 and keeping torque tube
     

  5. johnale
    Joined: May 22, 2013
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    johnale
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    I was going to go that way, but ive gone a 2 x 4 transmission where his adaptor needs a 4 x 4 transmission


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  6. brokenspoke
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    In would use a ladder bar system like P and J's
     
  7. Apply the k.i.s.s. principle here; the stock Ford radius rods have been used for eons
    behind flatheads. However, you will be worrying more about snapping axles, than
    bending the rods if you have a heavy foot!
     
  8. 36tbird
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
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    Might do a search about the rear radius rods. I think I saw a recent thread where some broke.

    Also, over on the FordBarn there has been some discussion about using t-170 trans. and that there is an adapter offered where some have kept the closed drive shafts. That trans is from mid-80's F-150's and is a 3 spd with OD. I think that it is an interesting option.
     
  9. check out bob drake reproductions article on google titled roadster 36, has your answers, its a great build, let me know truckrick
     
  10. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    krylon32
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    from Nebraska

    Also check out Hot Rod Works In Idaho They wrote the book on your open drive rear end conversion
     
  11. Tim G
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
    Posts: 548

    Tim G
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    Hi, is that article on here or do you mean on the Bob Drake website?

    Thanks
     

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