Flathead Forward Shift Package



A typical Complete Solution may contain the following:

·         MDL Front Shift T5 –  552-0251-FS-F  or    552-0251-FS-FR


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MDL Flathead adapter kit

·         Lightened Billet Steel flywheel

·         Organic 10″ clutch

·         Trans mount

·         Shift lever, ball, and boot

·         Installation hardware

·         Speedometer cable and gear

·         Transmission fluid

·         Driveshaft with a yoke


Call for your application today…  208-453-9800.

Article: A brief history of the flathead

Thirty’s and forty’s hot rods are a perfect match for a Front Shift T5 behind a Flathead V8

Flathead Adapter cross shaft and fork assembled into the adapter

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Adapter mounted to an intermediate ring of an 8 series block

Rings to adapt to T5 and TKO transmissions

Trans and adapter ready to install onto a Flathead

Front Shift T5 with Flathead adapter

Ready to install!



Want to run it with factory clutch linkage?
No problem!

·         Want to run it with a hydraulic clutch release?
No problem!  Complete kits are available for the configuration you desire.
Rather than buy parts you don’t need or not all the parts you do need when you buy from MDL you get the kit specific to your application. T5 and TKO kits differ in the alignment ring to align the transmission to the adapter/crank. Mechanical linkage kits or hydraulic kits differ in the linkage portion.

A mechanical linkage kit includes:

  •   adapter
  •   cross shaft
  •   bearing fork
  •   throwout bearing
  •   appropriate alignment ring for the T5 or TKO transmission


Flathead overdrive begins with the adapter.

The MDL Flathead bell adapter, made as a direct fit for the 59 series blocks, while also mating to the intermediate ring on the 8 series flatheads, allows you to install a “better” transmission than an S-10 take-out. Flathead engines produce significantly more torque than a 4-cylinder transmission can handle.
Upgrading to the MDL adapter allows the use of a V-8 Fox-body Mustang transmission or the even better gear set found in the new T-5z that MDL offers. Looking for even more capacity? The bell is also compatible with the TKO 5-speed series.


MDL engineered Ford Flathead adapter is designed for a wider range of transmissions than previous adapters, the MDL Ford Flathead adapter will ease the task of adding an overdrive transmission to your Flathead project.
Compatibility to blocks from 1932 to 1950, coupled with adaptability to Ford T5’s and TKO’s insures we have a 5-speed overdrive solution to move your Street Rod, or any Flathead based project, down the road in comfort and style.

It’s not just an adapter.  We offer complete kits for the adapter with forks, bearings, and cross shafts, to full solutions with transmissions, clutches, flywheels, and the whole enchilada.

Check out the details below and give us a call or send us an email for a complete solution for your project.
Call us:  208-453-9800


Key Features

·         Improved adapter over existing adapters

·         Compatible with

  •   1932-1948 Ford Car
  •   1949 Truck
  •   1949-50 Mercury Car

·         Direct fit to 59 Series blocks

·         Direct fit to 8 series intermediate ring

·         Compatible with modern diaphragm clutches

·         Adapts to Ford T5 or Ford TKO

·         Compatible with original mechanical clutch linkage or hydraulics

·         Complete kit includes a shaft, fork, throwout bearing, and alignment ring.

·         Optional Hydraulic configuration

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·         Fig. 1: MD-401-2109 Flathead adapter

Improved adapter over existing adapters  – Existing adapters are designed for S10 T5 transmissions with their under-performing gear sets, limited shifter position, and very limited availability.
The MDL Flathead adapter interfaces to Ford T5’s which are readily available in the used market, as well as, new.  More choices are available as the adapter also supports the TKO series transmission.

·         Compatible with:

  •   1932-1948 Ford Car
  •   1949 Truck
  •   1949-50 Mercury Car


in its rich 40+ year history, the T5 has seen a variety of uses and numerous upgrades. Today, it continues to serve as a staple of the hot rod community in the popular “Fox body” Ford Mustang configuration.
Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, the T5 is the smoothest-shifting, most reliable overdrive manual transmission for lightweight or moderate horsepower applications available anywhere…
making any hot rod, street rod, or kit car more enjoyable and economical to drive.