OK so while the OD vs. 5 speed debate rages on I'm thinkin' this is the
perfect time to ask about 5 speed variations. Please don't tell me it's
a bad decision. I can read all the reasons not to do this on the other
So here goes.
I hear about the Datsun and or the Nissan. Are these the same
transmission? Which years are the preferred years? I think this
transmission has the built in bell housing like the MG. I'm guessing
installation only requires a special engine back plate, pilot bearing
mods, and appropriate clutch mods? Charley R tells me the 79 Datsun has
the same transmission as the 280Z. And George Re (I don't know George
but I remember his post to this list) is looking for a 1976-83 Datsun
transmission (must be a clue here). In the past Lawrie A. has indicated
he has installed Datsun kits in MGBs with great success. Of course
there is a lot of similarities between the Datsun products and the MG, I
think the Fairlady, the 1600 and the 2000 had parts that were built
under license from BMC. I have to guess that the design followed
through to the pickups and the Z cars.
The Toyota (Supra I believe), what's the skinny on this tranny? I don't
know anything about it, except that transmission is used in many
different custom applications. It must be very strong too, because I
believe there are kits for it to be used behind the big Jaguar V12 and
Of course you hear about the Ford (European) transmission. I believe
that is from the Sierra and perhaps the Merkur. This is the
"notorious" one. It requires the custom bell housing. As I understand
it this transmission may have been used in some competition cars and as
a result has a wide variety of gears available for it. I also think it
is the most expensive option.
Any comments? Advice?
Remember, I don't need the, "the OD is just as good comments". But I
suppose we could talk about the potential for transmission damage if the
car is towed with the drive shaft in place. : - )
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