View Full Version : Transmission Compatibility

03-24-2008, 08:01 AM
I mentioned before that my tranny is nearly toast so I was looking at other possible options. I have 1989 f150 4x4 short-box with the 5.0 Can I grab a 5speed tranny out of any (1989 era) f150 with the inline6, 5.0 etc, and I can use a 2wd OR a 4wd tranny?

03-24-2008, 11:07 AM
I mentioned before that my tranny is nearly toast so I was looking at other possible options. I have 1989 f150 4x4 short-box with the 5.0 Can I grab a 5speed tranny out of any (1989 era) f150 with the inline6, 5.0 etc, and I can use a 2wd OR a 4wd tranny?

You can use any smallblock and 6 cylinder 5spd from 87-96 as far as I know. You can use a 2wd tranny, just need the adapter for the t-case.

03-24-2008, 02:24 PM
now the adapter your talking about is that on his 4 wheel drive now or is this something you have to buy?

03-24-2008, 06:10 PM
You wont be able to use a 2wd tranny if you have 4wd, the tail shafts/housings are different. If you want a good 5spd, watch for F-250's with the I-6's and 5.8's, should be a ZF.

03-25-2008, 08:51 AM
im sorry whats zf?

04-01-2008, 08:07 PM
I think the ZF is a lower geared, tougher tranny. I believe they also have a spot for a PTO. Is the ZF a direct fit, or do I need to modify anything.

04-02-2008, 02:03 AM
o wow i though pto only ran of the T case all head out to pick a part for you as soon as i can would you rather i pull it off the 150 or 250 etc. figure it out for me k!

04-02-2008, 11:39 AM
The ZF has 2 spots to put a PTO, If you already have the m5od I'm pretty sure that they are the same length, I will try and find out. But it is a much better trans over the m5od, they came in F-250's to 350's with the 5.8L and 4.9L(I-6). There are ones for the 460 and 7.3L Diesel.

Model: M5OD-R2
Type: Five speed Mazda Overdrive
Years: 88-96 Bronco, F150s
..........97-03 F150s
..........05 F150 (v6)
Engines: 300, 302, 4.2L, 4.6L
Fluid: Mercon
1st 3.90:1
2nd 2.25:1
3rd 1.46:1
4th 1.00:1
5th 0.80:1
Construction features: External Ribs in square patterns
Trans code: M

Model: ZF5
Type: Five speed heavyduty overdrive
Years: 87-99 F2/3/450/superduty
Engines: 300, 351, 460, 7.3
Fluid: Mercon
S5-42 and S5-47 (gas)
1st: 5.72
2nd: 2.94
3rd: 1.61
4th: 1.00
5th: 0.76
Reverse: 5.24
Trans code: 2
Construction features: External ribs run diagonaly and has provisions for PTO.

04-02-2008, 08:15 PM
Alright so the final questions are:
Is the f250 trans a direct bolt in. Now I am looking at the haynes manual. Instead of unbolting the bellhousing to engine, and pulling out the starter etc etc. Can I INSTEAD unbolt the tranny to the bellhousing? Leaving the starter, clutch, slave cyl etc intact?

What I want to do is... drop crossmember- unbolt driveshafts- unbolt tranny AT the bellhousing and bring it to the ground. Once it is on the ground, unbolt the t-case. Of course I'll do the obvious of shifter linkages, wires etc.

I 'could' just drop the bellhousing, but looking at it a previous owner rounded off the starter bolts and I dont feel like screwing with it at this point in time.

04-02-2008, 11:06 PM
if its one the talked about trannies the are like an automatic and the bell housing and tranny are all one piece.

FU Toolbag
04-02-2008, 11:27 PM
Does the mazda slave cylynder work with the zf5? As far as the length goes they are the same. I have one here that you can come take a look at if your wondering what they look like, but they have zf on the case, basicly centered on the drivers side if I rfemember correctly. And I'm pretty sure there are very few zf's in pnp, I've been looking. Lots of mazda's, many pulled and in the back of the truck when they're brought in there.

04-06-2008, 08:49 AM
I almost have the tranny out with the exception of the hydrolic line. It is this flimsy plastic thing that feels like I am going to break it. How do I take it out?
When I put it back together, is there a better setup than this plastic line? I feel like once I hit the trails, its just gonna break.

FU Toolbag
04-06-2008, 06:18 PM
Do not break it. At the slave cylnder there is a fitting that is held in there with a spring pin. Push the pin out and the fitting will just pop out. The problem comes in when you try and push it back together. From the sounds of it it won't be compatable with a zf, unless you get the master/slave with it.

04-06-2008, 08:34 PM
There is a kit that replaces the plastic line with a steel braided one, but you also have to use there slave and master cylinder, I will try and get a hold of a guy on FSB.com he has the PN and manufacturer.

04-06-2008, 11:13 PM
Yeah that plastic line makes me nervous. I KNOW it WILL be ripped out sooner or later.

04-07-2008, 06:23 PM
I got a transmission finally. It is a...

e9ta BA

The tranny I have in the truck now is a e9ta BA, but it is a ao1.... will this tranny work for me?

04-07-2008, 06:29 PM
Never heard of that tranny, are those just casting #'s?

04-07-2008, 06:33 PM
Located on the white sticker on the tranny (driver side)

04-07-2008, 06:37 PM
Yeah looks like it will work. Look at your previous posts... now read this... than look at the numbers I posted. Looks like I got a m5od


04-07-2008, 06:48 PM
your welcome! lol just another day at picky!

04-07-2008, 07:12 PM
you're the only person I know that pulls a tranny up thru the floor