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?
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.
mmmmmmm manual !
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.
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?
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?
If you're not driving a manual you're really just steering.
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.
damaged car wreck...
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.
1995 EF II Falcon GLi: Heritage Green, 4spd Auto, AUII 17" Rims, Custom BA Front Bar, Lowered, Gas Research LPG, Clear Indicators, JVC MP3 Headunit, Phoenix Gold 6.5" Splits, Coustic 481QE Amp, Clarion 12" sub, Leather Seats, Power Window Conversion, 3.45 LSD, Pacemaker Comp Extractors, 2.5" Exhaust, Mandrel Bent Intake, High Flow Filter, Wade 1004 110 cam.
In Progress: BA XR Side Skirts, BA XR Rear bar, BA Shifter Handle.
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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