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Author Topic:   Adding a toploader to a car with an automatic
pforsythe
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted November 14, 2002 11:04 AM
Well here is the deal of the week. WE are building our first race car. It is an Ltd with a 351W. Originaly we were going to go with an automatic transimission, either a C-4 or C-6. But by the wonders of ebay we have come across a 3 speed toploader that i would like to use in the car. So i guess my question is what is going to be the easiest way to add this manual transimission into an automatic car? Should we try to find a hydraulic clutch and what not from an mustang if such a thing exsits or is there an eaiser way to go about this? Keep in mind that i am by no means a transmission guy, if i get in trouble however i do have a friend that is so if this is something beyond me i am ok with that too. any help would be greatly appreicated.

fairlaniac
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted November 14, 2002 11:09 AM
What kind of Ford product? Are you looking to use origianl linkage at all or do you want hydraulic? It would not be hard to hook up a concentric hyd. clutch from a mid to late 90's F-150, as lond as the input shaft collar has the same o.d.

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Doug
"Lift for a second, that's where you'll finish!"

pforsythe
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted November 14, 2002 11:20 AM
What we use to me is not as important as the hows. I am open to anything at this point. The car is a 77 LTD. We are running in a stock class so, the closer we can stay to apearing stock the better.

fairlaniac
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted November 14, 2002 08:45 PM
This may or may not help you. If you don't mind paying about $350, you can do what I did. Now I did not do this in a dirt tracker but it should still work. I bought a Mcleod concentric hydraulic throw out bearing and a Wilwood master cylinder and hooked them up to my 1966 Ford Fairlane, it's much better than the original Z-bar stuff.. I'd be it would work great in a car like yours. Talk to David Kee at http://www.4speedtoploaders.com/

Another idea might be to get a 4 speed set up from a '75-'79 Torino or Elite (Torino name after '76), it should fit up to the LTD (similar underpinnings)

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Doug
"Lift for a second, that's where you'll finish!"

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted November 15, 2002 09:36 PM
A simple hand clutch is probably the easiest to use. It does take a little bit getting used to but its cheap as can be.

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