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Greetings everyone all the way from Ireland! 🇮🇪 You may have seen my shots of the bird in Belfast in the Facebook group.

I picked up my 95 T-Bird a few months back, the cars low mileage has cosmetic imperfections but drives really really well. It's lowered on Bilstein all round with H&R springs and will be switching out my wheel and tyre setup over the winter.

Now here's the thing, I hate driving auto. Autos are fairly uncommon here outside of general euro luxury cars, a large majority drive manual, I've had 8 cars since I learned to drive about 7 years ago and every single one was either manual or manual converted.

Now there has been a big struggle finding a suitable manual for the swap, most people who import US spec cars go for the autos, making manual boxes quite rare in those, I had looked at a TR3650 but it was going to €1600 for JUST shipping, not including the box itself, and at that price I could nearly just buy a T56 mag.

I can get a T45 fairly easily which reading on here doesn't seem like too horrible of a swap, but I can also pick up an MT82 (as they were used in several vehicles all the way from 2004 to 2019) and do a full rebuild/upgrade on one that for less than the cost of the T45 in the first place, has anyone done an MT82 swap in an MN12 chassis? Having an extra gear (even if it's just overdrive) would be nice over the T45 and the cost difference is pretty sweet to my wallet too.

Any advice, greatly appreciated!

Slán mo chara
 

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As far as I can tell the units are physically the same minus a change in bellhousing, I had seen someone swap a gen 2 coyote in a Land Rover Defender 90 using the original MT82, with a swapped bellhousing and rebuild kit

So this looks to be promising! I may go see about buying one and compare P/Ns to the Mustang units
 

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So did a little more reading there tonight while on my night shift. Apparently the gearbox internally is the same, it would be possible to get one of my welder friends to do a one off piece for myself.

The biggest difference between the two is the ratios of 1st and 2nd gear, with being geared for a diesel, the ratios on the first two gears are insanely different, but the 3rd-6th is about .01-.03 length difference. I got in contact with the guys who made the MT82 so waiting to hear how exactly they managed to do it, as the article I read said they used the Land Rover MT82 with a converted bellhousing and swaps of first and second gear internally, along with an input shaft and output shaft change to handle an increase in torque over the stock diesel engine.

So basically, this is looking promising! Hopefully I can come back with updates soon, I've looked at using a Saab 900 clutch pedal as they were hydraulic activated, but will likely fab something up myself.

Labour costs here are far far less than the US which is lucky, and we have lots of insane car builds due to a big drift and rally scene.
 

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I can imagine!
First off, let me say you will not be disappointed with a manual swap, regardless of which trans you choose. A manual trans, in my opinion, is the single best mod you can do to improve the driving experience in a 4.6 car.
I can definitely imagine! I love my T-bird, it's the only one I know of on the island so making into my own is a priority, a manual swap and gears is high on my list. Then in future I may go with a turbo or two and a T56 swap :cool:
 
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