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Old 10-30-2003, 04:59   #1 (permalink)
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Transmission Conversion

Has anyone changed the gearbox in an EF2-EL fairmont ghia to a T5? I'm getting tired of the auto and its creating some problems at the moment. It feels like a really boring ride. I know its a luxury model, but i want to add some sporty edge to it. How much do these conversions go for and is it readily possible?

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Old 10-30-2003, 14:08   #2 (permalink)
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If its a 6, you can get it done at a wreckers for around the $1500 mark. The only problem with this is that *everything* will be second hand, and in relatively unknown condition ( i.e. clutch, box etc etc ). Reco-ing boxes can get expensive as well . . .

You could try http://www.allpanelsandparts.com.au/ - I know they can provide conversion kits and even fit if required.
Be warned however, if you have a V8, many unscrupulous people will sell a I6 box as a V8 box - the only external difference is the input shaft, which can be welded and made the same length as the V8 one. The I6 boxes have different ratios... (see http://www.trueblueford.com/EL_Gear_Ratios.html )


Otherwise, Mal Wood in QLD seems to be the go. (www.malwoodauto.com.au). I've heard nothing but good things about him. He uses Reco'd boxes, with almost evry other part new ( i.e. new clutch, interior bits etc ). Of course this is significantly more expensive ( for a V8 your looking at close to $5k ).

I'm currently trying to organise to get this done by him early next year.
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I have converted my ED Fairmont Ghia to manual. I did it myself and it took roughly two days (there was a donor car - last of the EB's). It wasn't too difficult to do, however the most testing part was changing the pedal box, as I had to completely remove the dashboard.

The rest was ok. If you have patience and a little time, you can do it yourself.
If you start it on a weekday, and find you find you need parts, a Ford spare parts department will be open.

The only problem I have had since the conversion is a vibration in the driveline somewhere when below 45kmph when downchanging gears.
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I dont think Im too keen on doing it myself, as ive never done anything this serious to a car. I heard the computer has to be changed aswell. Is there anyone in Melbourne that can do a full manual conversion?
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I have converted my ED Fairmont Ghia to manual. I did it myself ........The only problem I have had since the conversion is a vibration in the driveline somewhere when below 45kmph when downchanging gears.
Did you fit the correct spigot bush to the crank?
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I've beenw anting to do this for a while. I'm saving, but i'm a bit worried about how i'm going to find/pay for an EF XR6 ECU as well as the transmission.
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I've beenw anting to do this for a while. I'm saving, but i'm a bit worried about how i'm going to find/pay for an EF XR6 ECU as well as the transmission.
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u can sell a lot of parts, dunno what it'd cost u in the end.
but if you're not planning to keep the car that long (ie, wanting to upgrade to EL2 XR8 or what ever in the near future) then i wouldn't bother.
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I did install the correct spigot bush into the crank shaft.
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The EF6 used a coil pack ignition and the EL6 went back to a distributor. You can't use an EF ECU if you have the EL dizzy motor.

It is a good idea to get hold of a manual ECU for the EL if you are going to do the conversion, however, from reading posts in this forum I believe you can use the auto ECU but just trick it into thinking that it is in neutral.

After all of the pain of doing the conversion, I reckon it's well worth it!
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Yeh, the EF 6 has a coil pack, unless its an XR6. I found this out changing the leads on the ghia. Damn it was a pain in the ass... Anyone know of anybody in Melbourne that does the conversions?
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