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Old 10-16-2011, 02:01 PM
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Yeah, I kind of figured the pedal set up out of a Fairlane, Galaxie, Ranchero, etc. would be the same thing. I had just signed up here on Squarebirds when I asked about a standard shift - Dakota Boy had a 3 on the tree originally and sold me his clutch assembly. I was VERY lucky to find it.
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Just an update, I ended up getting the 4sp top loader and bellhousing in the picture from post #7. It included the engine plate. $900. The inside looks new.
Now I need to find linkage and a shifter - anyone know where I can find a decent used one? New ones are pricey.
Also, can I use the flywheel that I already have? It's an automatic. I know it's a dumb question, but I've never pulled an automatic. Most I've done is replace a clutch and pressure plate on a 69 dodge.

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No, the flexplate used in an auto setup won't work for you. Do a little research before picking your flywheel, if you plan to spin it very fast I'd leave the old original parts alone and go with a new modern part. You'll also need a pilot bushing. Good luck, Bob C
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Thx Bob, I found out by a "google" search. This car will be maybe 200-500 miles a year so I think I'll go with an original for now. I found a used one with a 90 day warranty for $110 - that includes shipping.
The new ones are pricey!

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David, here are your illustrations for the manual trans, clutch, and steering column shift. If you want a printable size, click on each picture and download them to your computer. Full size Fords and Thunderbirds use different brake pedal supports. Even the master cylinder holes have different centers.

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Thx a ton Dave!
I haven't even looked in my manual yet, I'm guessing these pix are from it. The only parts I'm lacking are the Z bar through the clutch fork. I might try a couple of on-line junk yard suppliers such as "www.uneedapart.com" They are the guys that have the flywheel for $110. If I can't find one by the time I pull the engine and replace the heads and oil pump, then I'll most likely go with a cable kit.
I found a lot of good notes in my "How to build Ford FE Engines" book by Barry Rabotnik. I also found some good videos on youtube. I've never replaced heads, or even pulled a intake manifold, but I'm anxious to get moving on it. Should be fun. Hopefully the push rods and lifters are all in good shape.
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