T5 into an XE ESP
We are currently rebuilding the motor in an XE ESP. The car was originaly a 302 / C4 auto but was fitted with a Mick Webb 351 and top loader. The 351 blew a welsh plug at Eastern Creek and had a mild overheat . To get the engine / chasis numbers matching again, the original 302 block is now being fitted with the 351 crank, heads, rods etc with new slugs and cam. At the same time we are looking to convert it to a 5 speed and lower the diff ratio.
Now we have had a lot of conflicting advice about the T5... Are there two (or more) versions ? One for a V8 and one for a 6 cyl ? It has been suggested that we get the T5 out of an E-series XR8, although I am guessing the Windsor bellhousing wont match up, and the clutch will have to change to a cable setup. Any comments / suggestions here? Obviously a Tremec would be the choice but having spent $7k on the motor we are a little shy of the required funds.
The original diff (BW 8" LSD) is a 2.92 and thus a little tall for the occasional fang and track use the car is taken on. Any suggestions on a suitable ratio match for a T5? We aren't after a strip animal - rather a good street / track combo. Wheel and tyre combo is 17's with 45 series rubber.
Attached is a pic of the car if anyone is interested. Last year it was treated to a bare metal respray and a lot of time has been spent bringing the car back to a showable condition. Obviously the suspension has been dropped with new components throughout, including mostly Nolathane. Quite a nice steer for a big old car. We have the original wheels but I think you'll agree the Prowlers look better.
TIA - Pat & Andrew Sproule