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    Default '83 - 4 speed trans vs 5 speed

    Hey all,

    Anybody know what date Ford stopped installing the 4 speed transmission in the '83 cars, and switched to the 5 speed trans?

    Thanks for any information you can provide.

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    I've always understood the changeover to be 3/83. Foxchassis might have more details. Besides the updated trans, 5 speed owners got a 7K(instead of 6K) tach, and interestingly enough, a different style ashtray. The latter ashtray was a bit smaller. The SROD 4 speed continued on as a Credit Option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    I've always understood the changeover to be 3/83. Foxchassis might have more details. Besides the updated trans, 5 speed owners got a 7K(instead of 6K) tach, and interestingly enough, a different style ashtray. The latter ashtray was a bit smaller. The SROD 4 speed continued on as a Credit Option.
    Thanks for the information.

    Our car is a 4 speed. I got the "standard" Marti report, and it says the car was produced on Dec 20, 1982, 26 days behind schedule. I also have the OEM window sticker, that list's a $124 credit for the 5 speed. It does have the 6K tach.

    Interesting information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1carguy View Post
    Thanks for the information.

    Our car is a 4 speed. I got the "standard" Marti report, and it says the car was produced on Dec 20, 1982, 26 days behind schedule. I also have the OEM window sticker, that list's a $124 credit for the 5 speed. It does have the 6K tach.

    Interesting information.

    It just so happens my car was also built 12/82, with the SROD and same tach. Yours must have a close Consecutive Unit Number to mine; 139XXX

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    I think some depends on the actual build location. My '81 Granada came with a clutch quadrant from the factory....
    If the location ran through the old stuff they started using the newer stuff, potentially sooner than Ford anticipated.

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    You should be specific that you're asking about the 5.0L transmissions, because there was a five-speed manual behind the non-turbo 2.3L (Tremec 140VS) that goes back to the middle of the 1980 model year.

    The Borg Warner five-speed T-5 started in model year 1983 production very early in November 1982. The Tremec four-speed SROD continued through the end of model year 1983 production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    You should be specific that you're asking about the 5.0L transmissions, because there was a five-speed manual behind the non-turbo 2.3L (Tremec 140VS) that goes back to the middle of the 1980 model year.

    The Borg Warner five-speed T-5 started in model year 1983 production very early in November 1982. The Tremec four-speed SROD continued through the end of model year 1983 production.
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    What about the "Hummer" (Ford of Germany/FoG 4-speed) transmission?
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    FoG "Hummer" 4-speed (door tag code 7) was behind the non-turbo 2.3 only. It was replaced by the T-5 after 1986. The FoG 4-speed was not the only manual behind the non-turbo 2.3 through. The Borg Warner "RAD" 4-speed (code 6) was used in 79 and 80, and the Tremec "RAP" VS140 5-speed in 81 through 83.

    Non-turbo 2.3 manual transmissions:
    Ford "Hummer" 4-spd (7) = 1979-86
    Borg Warner "RAD" 4-spd (6) = 1979-80
    Tremec "RAP" VS140 5-spd OD (5) = 1981-83
    Borg Warner "1352" T-5 5-sp OD (2) = 1987-93
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