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T-56 Trans to 2.3 Turbo for SVO
#1

Who sells or fabricates a kit to adapt a T-56 6 speed to an 84 Mustang fox body SVO- 2.3 Turbo Lima
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#2

you're going to have to use an adapter plate, that adapts a Fox body V8 bellhousing to the 2.3L block. Then you'll have to get the correct T56 bellhousing to mate the transmission to the fox body SBF. Expensive and a little harder to get right now I'm told. Quicktime makes the bellhousing (#RM-8031 if I remember right)-and that is for Magnum to SBF. Then you need an adapter flywheel (drilled for 2.3l crank). You'll use a V8 style clutch. For the pilot you can have the transmission's shaft machined down to .590, or you can use a bushing in the crank (Rapido?) or--can the crankshaft be machined to accept a standard V8 pilot bearing?

It's a lot of work, even on a V8, it's not a simple bolt-in (I have one in a Mustang behind a 428w). It is a heavy and power hungry transmission to boot. If the TKX had been on the market 5 years ago, I'd have bought one of those instead.

Then you have to deal with the actual transmission, are you gonna use a magnum? LT-1? LS-1 style? Viper? Cobra? Corvette? They are all a little bit different.
'93 Mustang 2.3T swapped. LA3, Stinger FMIC 3" down elbow and 3" exhaust.
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#3

How hard is it to use the Corvette one? I know it was mounted in the rear as a transaxle.

steve
83 & 84 GT turbo, 84, 85.5 & 86 SVOs
87 & 88 TurboCoupe
93 5.0 notch, 95 GT coupe & vert, 96 GT vert  (Yes, I have a probem, garage's too small!)
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(09-16-2021, 11:53 AM)TurboTodd Wrote:  you're going to have to use an adapter plate, that adapts a Fox body V8 bellhousing to the 2.3L block.  Then you'll have to get the correct T56 bellhousing to mate the transmission to the fox body SBF.  Expensive and a little harder to get right now I'm told.  Quicktime makes the bellhousing (#RM-8031 if I remember right)-and that is for Magnum to SBF.  Then you need an adapter flywheel (drilled for 2.3l crank).  You'll use a V8 style clutch.  For the pilot you can have the transmission's shaft machined down to .590, or you can use a bushing in the crank (Rapido?) or--can the crankshaft be machined to accept a standard V8 pilot bearing?

It's a lot of work, even on a V8, it's not a simple bolt-in (I have one in a Mustang behind a 428w).  It is a heavy and power hungry transmission to boot.  If the TKX had been on the market 5 years ago, I'd have bought one of those instead.

Then you have to deal with the actual transmission, are you gonna use a magnum?  LT-1? LS-1 style?  Viper?  Cobra?  Corvette?  They are all a little bit different.
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(09-16-2021, 07:44 PM)teal95 Wrote:  How hard is it to use the Corvette one? I know it was mounted in the rear as a transaxle.

steve

I don't know that anyone's attempted it due to the weird and proprietary design. It has no extension housing and the front plate is completely different. That and the gear ratios on a lot of them are WAY off for anything that doesn't have a fair amount of torque available and a 2.3 Lima is not that.
'93 Mustang 2.3T swapped. LA3, Stinger FMIC 3" down elbow and 3" exhaust.
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