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How-To Articles

Specifications, how-to's and how & why things work the way they do is what you'll find here.

  • LF Series Internal Hydraulic Release Bearing

    In addition to our external slave choices, we also offer an internal throw-out bearing. Using hydraulic technology from Tilton Engineering (Tilton 6000 Series), these new bearings are easy to install (slip over the bearing retainer of the transmission), and are built to last.
  • How-To Install a Hydraulic Clutch Master into the 1979-93 Fox Mustang

    The cable system was a big improvement over the mechanical linkage of 70's and earlier vehicles. Now for another stepped improvement in smoothness and reliability we offer a hydraulic master designed specifically for the Fox bodied cars of the 80's and 90's.
  • Put a Five-Speed in a Big-Block Mustang

    Mustang Monthly Sept. 2016 by Jim Smart Total TKO! Modern Driveline’s “Low-Profile” TKO Five-Speed Conversion for 1967-1973 Mustangs is a technical knockout — the MDL “Low-Profile” TKO five-speed transmission for 1967-1973 small-block, 385-Series big-block, and FE-Series big-block Mustangs. What makes the “Low-Profile” TKO for classic Mustangs exciting is its no-nonsense fitment.
  • How to Choose the Right Clutch

    Although clutch and flywheel selection seems like black magic science, it really is straightforward. When the right choices are made you get an unbeatable clutch and flywheel combo that will serve you well for years to come.
  • 1971-73 Mustang/Cougar Cable Clutch Conversion

    Enjoy reduced clutch pedal effort with A Modern Driveline Cable Clutch Conversion Kit
  • Install A 1971-73 Mustang/Cougar Five-Speed

    Follow this pictorial on how to install a T5 transmission into a 1971-73 Mustang or Cougar.
  • Proper Bellhousing Alignment/Indexing

    Learn how to align/index the bellhousing to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your 5/6-speed conversion.
  • How-to Rebuild a World-Class T-5 Transmission

    Mustang Monthly June 2015 by Jim Smart T-5 Explained: Modern Driveline has everything you are going to need to freshen up a T-5, including real tech support.
  • 2011-14 Mustang GT T56 Magnum XL 6-Speed Swap

    How-To swap in a Modern Driveline T-56 Magnum XL six-speed into a 2011 Mustang GT.
  • 2011-14 V-6 Mustang T56 Magnum XL 6-Speed Swap

    Modern Driveline’s T-56 Magnum XL six-speed enables you to step up to better gearing and smoother shifts with fierce reliability.
  • Scrap Your Getrag For The Modern Driveline/Tremec T-56 Magnum XL

    Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords April 22 2015 Scrap Your Getrag! Modern Driveline introduces a fast-quick solution to your Getrag MT-82 crunch box woes with the T-56 Magnum XL
  • 5.0L Coyote Modular V-8 Swap Guide

    Mustang Monthly July 6 2015 Squeeze Play: What you need to know to fit Ford’s Coyote modular V-8 into your vintage Mustang and what's the best choice for a manual transmission.
  • Simple Five-Speed Swap for Your 1971-1973 Mustang

    Modified Mustangs and Fords July 30 2014 Take Five! - Modern Driveline’s Five-Speed conversion package for ’71-’73 Mustangs can be swapped in a weekend.
  • How To Swap C4 Automatic for a Manual Transmission - Inline Update

    Mustang Monthly January 2014 by Mark Houlahan Ditching the C4 for a five-speed manual was on Brian’s to-do list from day one. Starting with a used T-5 transmission he procured locally, Brian added installation hardware, clutch components, shifter, and more from the folks at Modern Driveline.
  • Crazy Like A Fox Six-Speed

    Modern Driveline brings your 1979-93 Mustang into the 21st Century with crispy T-56 Magnum smoothness and performance.
  • How To - Install A One-Piece Driveshaft

    Dynotech Engineering Services’ one-piece aluminum driveshaft reduces the rotating drivetrain weight in S197 Mustangs
  • How to Choose and Install a New Clutch

    Mustang Monthly Feb. 2014 In The Clutch - Modern Driveline takes the mystery and confusion out of choosing and installing a new clutch.
  • Motorz TV features how to upgrade a 2008 Mustang GT to a T-56 Magnum XL Transmission

    On one Motorz episode we seriously upgraded the transmission of an S197 Mustang. Using the TREMEC T-56 Magnum XL from Modern DriveLine, the gains you will experience on your own pony are immediate. A big benefit of the “direct-shift” T-56 Magnum is its solution to the shifter issues that 2005+ Mustang owners have experienced. If you have recently increased the horsepower or torque of your Mustang, a new transmission is absolutely vital to ensure all that power does not overwhelm the gearbox.
  • Powerful Influence - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

    Hemmings Muscle Machines May 2014 More Lou's Change - Integrating fifth-gen styling cues and technology with a 1969 Camaro creates a Pro-Touring tribute to the ZL1. For some, a dream car isn't one you find and buy, but one you design and build.
  • V8TV install of a T56 Magnum into a 1969 Camaro - Part 1

    In this video series the V8TV crew rebuilds a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro from a stock-type restoration into a fire-breathing supercharged Pro-Touring machine. Plans for the build include a GM LSA Supercharged 6.2 liter V8 backed by a T-56 Magnum transmission.
  • V8TV install of a T56 Magnum into a 1969 Camaro - Part 2

    In this 2nd part of the video series the V8TV crew finishes the install of the T-56 Magnum transmission.
  • 25 Ford Mustang Restoration Tips

    Cool solutions for your greatest resto challenges
  • 1969 Ford Mustang T5 Transmission Swap - Row Your Own - Tech

    Modified Mustangs and Fords Oct 26 2010 Upgrading To A Five-Speed Means Greater Car Control, Better Fuel Economy, And An Ear-To-Ear Grin.
  • Sunbeam Tiger TKO600

    Modern Driveline’s new TREMEC TKO600 five-speed overdrive transmission is engineered to fit your Sunbeam Tiger without cutting or modifying the tunnel.
  • How to Install a Hydraulic Clutch

    Why settle for a heavy pedal when you can install Modern Driveline's LF Series in a weekend?
  • Need help determining which Ford In-line 6 you have?

    Need help determining which Ford In-line 6 you have? This article takes away the guess-work when it comes to getting the right components for the flywheel, clutch and starter by showing you the back of the block and what to look for.
  • Ford Inline-6 Bell Housing Identification

    The focus of this article is on the passenger car Ford 6 from the 60’s & 70’s found in the Mustang, Falcon, Maverick, Comet, Ranchero, Econoline, and many other platforms.
  • 5 speed Conversion How-to swap

    Details about how to swap from an automatic to a T5 or TREMEC TKO, or swap a four speed to a T5 or TKO.  Whether your project is converting a Classic Mustang, Cougar, Falcon, or building a Hot Rod, information you need can be found here.
  • .80 T5 5th Gear Set

    Are you Road Racing with a T5? Or just need a higher 5th gear?  We have a solution with our 1:.80 5th gear.
  • How-To - Words of wisdom when converting to a TKO behind a big block

    When converting from an automatic to a five speed there are a couple of ways to execute the swap.
  • Automatic to TREMEC TKO small block conversion

    Our TREMEC TKO small block conversions are much like the T5 swap. We start with a cable operated 1995 351w Mustang Cobra R model aluminum bellhousing.
  • How-To - Install a T5 5-speed behind a Ford small block

    Installing a TREMEC T-5 in place of an automatic, behind a small block Ford is relatively straight forward. Using many of the same components and concepts as used in Fox body Mustangs in the '80's and '90's simplifies the process
  • How-To - Classic Mustang Five Speed Transmission Swap

    Swapping a five speed transmission into an early Mustang, Falcon, Cougar, or almost any early Ford could not be any easier these days.
  • Choices when converting Manual Transmission Equipped Cars

    When the car is equipped with a 3 or 4 speed manual transmission, the job is a lot easier than converting from an automatic. There are two ways to install a 5-speed transmission for a stick equipped car.
  • Full installation tutorial of a T5 into a '65 GT350 Clone.

    Check out the November 2011 issue of Mustang Monthly for a full installation tutorial of a T5 into a '65 GT350 Clone.
  • Modern Driveline Overdrive Transmission Install - Maximum Overdrive

    The June 2008 edition of Mustang and Fords features Modern Driveline's T5 conversion of a '67 Mustang.

    Author and photographer Wayne Cook details the parts and the process to convert a classic Mustang from a 4-speed to a 5-speed overdrive transmission. As Wayne writes "On the other hand, if you believe your Mustang was born to run on the open roads, then the addition of Overdrive will convert your classic Ford from a freeway buzz bomb into a quiet, smooth vehicle that can accomplish a 500-mile day with ease"

  • Installation Article of a T5 into a 1967 Mustang

    The June 2008 edition of Mustang and Fords features a 6 page article detailing Modern Driveline's T5 conversion of a '67 Mustang.

    Author and photographer Wayne Cook details the parts and the process to convert a classic Mustang from a 4-speed to a 5-speed overdrive transmission. As Wayne writes "On the other hand, if you believe your Mustang was born to run on the open roads, then the addition of Overdrive will convert your classic Ford from a freeway buzz bomb into a quiet, smooth vehicle that can accomplish a 500-mile day with ease"

  • How To Install A Modern Driveline Cable Clutch Linkage

    Mustang Monthly November 2008  by Jim Smart  Details and pictures of the installation of a typical clutch cable into an early Mustang.
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Engine Swap - Six-To-Eight Engine Swap - Early Mustangs Are Still Affordable

    Carcraft May 2008: Carcraft editors added a T5 to their 67 Mustang as part of a complete engine swap.  In addition to stepping up to a strong small-block, we didn't want to wimp out with an automatic...;
  • Swing Shift - FORD MUSCLE

    Ford Muscle editor Shirag Asaravala follows along with Modern Driveline as they rebuild his T5 transmission with a G-Force gearset upgrade. The revived World Class T5 will be capable of handling 600 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque as a result of the upgrades.
  • Cable Guy - FORD MUSCLE

    Swapping a T5 overdrive manual transmission into an early Mustang or Falcon (or their Mercury cousins) has never been more popular.  Ford Muscle upgraded their 1967 Mustang with a Modern Driveline clutch cable kit.