'62 Ranchero - Finished my T-5 installation!

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'62 Ranchero - Finished my T-5 installation!

Post #1 by 62Ranchero200 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:57 pm

Last Saturday - after four weeks - the T-5 installation was finally finished.

The largest challenge was locating, obtaining and welding in the transmission tunnel brace (as detailed in another thread on this forum). The brace was missing because I replaced the floors in the Ranchero. With the help of friends, I located another brace in a parts car; it was cut out of the parts car and separated from its sheet metal, then my transmission tunnel was cut so that the brace would fit, the brace was welded in, and the transmission tunnel was patched. The entire interior had to be pulled out for this this.

Bolting the BH, clutch pack and transmission in was easy once I had the correct BH (Modern Driveline initially sent me the wrong BH, one for a "TKO" trans). Installing the clutch cable was a bit more work - awkward working under the dash, even with the seat out. The drive shaft had to be shortened 1 1/4".

Although my friend - who once worked in a transmission shop - tried his best, the parking brake could not be made to work. The cable was frayed in multiple places, binds in the equalizer, and is not routed correctly across the floor pan, causing it to bind when applied. I have ordered new front and rear cables (thank you @Bubba for helping me identify which ones I need).

So far I've only test driven it a few miles but it's AWESOME! First gear is lower than the first gear in my old C-4 and now I can choose how high to run the RPMs before shifting. In addition, I am certain that more power is getting to the rear wheels. I plan to dyno the car again after a break-in period (and I'm busy for the next two Saturdays at any rate).

Passenger side:

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Driver's side:

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Close-up of transmission mount and transmission tunnel brace:

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Clutch cable at firewall:

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Clutch cable at transmission:

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Other than resolving minor issues that have come up during the transmission install (have a carburetor fuel bowl leak, AGAIN) and putting the rest of the interior together, am having a local friend build a 3.80 Traction Loc for the Ranchero.

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Bob the Builder
62 Ranchero, 252 cid, 300 rods, RaceTek pstns, ARP mains bolts & studs, balanced & blueprinted, CI AL head, 1.6 adj rckrs, Smith Bros, 274/274/108 cam, CI int, Holley 500, DSII, CI SS hdrs, PowerMaster strtr and 1wire alt, Optima, V8 rad, T-5z, 10" organic clutch, 5 lug 8" diff /w 3.00, rear drums, front 5 lug discs, Centerlines. Next: 3.80 Traction Loc.

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Post #2 by Big64my79Effie » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:40 pm

Beautiful! I've been following your progress. Lots of thought, time and effort. Looks clean! Enjoy!

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Post #3 by bmbm40 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:23 pm

Nice work. 5 speed trans makes a big improvement.
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Post #4 by bubba22349 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:47 am

:beer: congrats Bob, looks great. That should be a lot more fun, but once you change out the rear gearing will be really quick off the line. Maybe you will need to add a line lock kit too. Good luck :nod:
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Post #5 by wsa111 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:36 pm

Bob, at least with your new camshaft you don't have the hassle of a torque converter affecting your curb idle.
Get a quality shifter & your full throttle shifting will be ok.
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'62 Ranchero - T-5 installation - clutch cable issue

Post #6 by 62Ranchero200 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:33 pm

Greetings Ford Six Fans,

I took my longest drive yet since the T-5 swap - a 100 mile round trip to Bellville, TX to attend a car show - Sunday. The Ranchero eventually made it there and back, but not without incident.

Coming up a modest hill on country road, I attempted to shift to neutral to coast past a bicycle rider, but the shifter jammed so I coasted to the side of the road. Turned the engine off, then the shifter could be moved into any gear, so I knew the issue was with the clutch and not the transmission itself. Crawled under the dash to check that the clutch cable was still attached to the clutch pedal, which it was. Did not have any tools to take the cover off of the clutch cable at the BH, but fortunately I was able to adjust the clutch cable at the firewall by hand; this got me going.

So what happened was that the nut and jam nut where the clutch cable goes through the fork had loosened, then vibrated off. I have solid motor mounts and a lopey cam, so I'm not entirely surprised. Plan to install a nylon lock nut to ensure that this won't happen again.

What really surprised me is that I was able to take a 60 mile round trip two weeks earlier, without incident.

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Bob
62 Ranchero, 252 cid, 300 rods, RaceTek pstns, ARP mains bolts & studs, balanced & blueprinted, CI AL head, 1.6 adj rckrs, Smith Bros, 274/274/108 cam, CI int, Holley 500, DSII, CI SS hdrs, PowerMaster strtr and 1wire alt, Optima, V8 rad, T-5z, 10" organic clutch, 5 lug 8" diff /w 3.00, rear drums, front 5 lug discs, Centerlines. Next: 3.80 Traction Loc.

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Post #7 by wsa111 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:04 pm

Bob, nice job, quality work as expected from you. You probably picked up another 25-30 RWHP.
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