We have done many five speed conversions in our shop. This upgrade is about the best thing you can do for your car. Our kit, BTW, fits all Sprites and Midgets with 948, 1098 or 1275 engines, so that means it fits all Spridgets between 1958 and 1974.
This is the only kit that comes with the templates you need to modify your tunnel and shift lever. No one else sells a Sprite/Ford kit with these templates, which are a result of the many installations we have done in Sprites.
Other sellers claim the shift lever is ready to install. This is inaccurate. The shift lever has to be cut and welded to fit into a Sprite shift tower. We are the only ones who sell that template with our kit.
When Sprites are well sorted, the overdrive gearbox makes the car much more user-friendly, and opens up many more high speed adventures. The five-speed boxes are also fully synchronized, which makes shifting easier. No more non-synchro first gear-no more grinding!
Installation is easy if you have a lift and intermediate mechanical skills. Some modification is required to the tunnel in order to fit the back of the transmission and the shift lever. We've shown photos above of the tunnel after the necessary modifications are made. Rest assured, the modified tunnel is completely hidden by the original shift tower once your installation is complete. The original shift gaiter fits in place too. In fact, when looking in the cockpit, you cannot tell a five speed is installed once it is completed. We have removed the tower and shift grommet for the photos but once they are installed, the car looks completely stock.
Check out the videos below! You can see how this conversion makes the cars much more highway friendly. You can also see the stock shift tower in place.
Some modification is required to the crossmember under the transmission to accommodate the new five speed transmission and speedo cable. The cable is routed through the side of the tunnel, into the right side of the cockpit, over the crossmember and straight through the bottom of the bulkhead panel as shown in the pictures. We can pick up your car and make these modifications for you, and we also provide templates and tech support to make the install easier if you choose to do this yourself. A complete new clutch, throwout bearing and rebuilt gearbox is included with each kit.
We have installed many Datsun and Ford kits (like this one). I prefer this Ford kit because it’s a bit easier to fit into the car, even though some modifications to the frame are required. The Datsun gearboxes also seem more fragile-we've had customers break them- and parts are harder to find. These Ford gearboxes, on the other hand, are quite stout, and thus this is the only five speed conversion that we sell.
We have the kits in stock at a lower price than what you will find elsewhere! Feel free to call if you want to talk about five speeds.
Complete kits with templates are in stock and ready for shipment to your door.
Use the drop down arrow to chose a kit for 948, 1098 or 1275 applications, depending on which engine you have. If you need help identifying which engine is in your car, feel free to call anytime!
***This item does not qualify for free shipping promotions