The Elite Advantage
There are hundreds of Authorized Re-sellers around the globe to source your TREMEC motor-sports and aftermarket products.
But installing a modern TREMEC transmission into a classic muscle car requires a lot of engineering and leg work. Other than bellhousing and transmission mounts, there’s the shifter location that has to be considered, too. For that, a company that can put it all together for you is going to be your best bet to save time, money, and effort.
TREMEC Elite Distributors take the transmission swap to the next level. This select group of experts has years of experience in providing the right transmission kit for your project, whether it’s a custom project or a straight-forward replacement transmission, in a one-stop package that is made specifically for your application.
What does it mean to you the customer that Modern DriveLine is a Tremec Elite Dealer
- We are one of only 15 TREMEC ELITE distributors worldwide.
- MDL works directly with the TREMEC factory to provide the best, most current product possible.
- We have a more in-depth understanding of each model of transmission and its installation in various applications.
A few words from Tremec.
Not every dealer has an Elite-status relationship with TREMEC
Remember to consider the support you will receive after the sale when making your purchase.
Thanks to our Elite Distributors, performing a 5- or 6-speed conversion on just about any vehicle is easier than ever. One such Elite Distributor – an early pioneer with over 21 years in the manual transmission upgrade and retrofit market – is Caldwell, Idaho –based Modern Driveline. Today, Modern Driveline (MDL) is a major player in the manual transmission aftermarket, they are a Stocking distributor, developing installation and accessory kits to fit modern manual transmissions into a variety of vehicles.
TREMEC: When was your company established and how long have you been a TREMEC distributor?
MDL was established in 1998, where we serviced the original Borg-Warner T-5, T-45 and T-56 transmissions. MDL became a TREMEC distributor in 2001, and, in 2008, a TREMEC Elite Distributor.
TREMEC: Why and how did you get started in the business?
Prior to staring MDL, I was working for a Mustang hot-rodding shop. And, while working there, I converted my 1965 Mustang from an automatic transmission to a T-5 5-speed manual transmission. During this conversion, I found a huge lack of conversion parts, which led to me starting MDL.
TREMEC: Do you specialize in a specific brand or model of car? Or type of use (street, road race, etc.)?
In the beginning, we specialized in Ford due to my own interest and ownership of several Mustangs. As a member of the NorCal Shelby American Automobile Club, I open-tracked my 1988 Mustang on a regular basis. Over the years, we have branched out to GM, Mopar, Sunbeam Tiger, and all things rear-wheel drive. We can provide a conversion kit for almost any application, a basic street cruiser to a drag, road race and other applications.
TREMEC: What sets your company apart from other TREMEC distributors?
A deep understanding of the Ford product line. Everyone who works for us is a “car guy.” Many of us use the parts we sell every day. We have a deep understanding of TREMEC transmissions, as we started in service and worked our way to product development and sales. Many of the products we have developed have been from necessity when we couldn’t find what the market needed. This is a reason we are one of the few distributors that build our own line of clutches & hydraulic clutch kits. We were recognized by SEMA at the 2019 Show with a Best New Engineered Product Award for our SN95 Mustang hydraulic Kit. We are constantly innovating new designs for makes & models the hobbyist is wanting.
TREMEC: What are your most popular products and services?
What sets us apart from others is that we are in the transmission-conversion business – not all dealers are. We sell a lot of TREMECs targeted for specific vehicles. It is not uncommon for us to change a final gear ratio or modify the shifter location on a TKO or T-5. We are known for our Light Foot Series hydraulic systems.
TREMEC: What’s your favorite TREMEC product?
TREMEC: What advice do you give customers considering an upgrade to a TREMEC transmission?
Think about your end goal. Is it improved driveability, improved fuel mileage, or torque management? From there, we discuss what will be the best fitment for the vehicle and engine. For instance, installing a Magnum behind a 200ci inline-six is not a good match. And at the end of the day, what is the best transmission for one’s budget?
TREMEC: What’s been the most interesting TREMEC install you’ve ever done or for which you sold a TREMEC transmission?
That is an interesting question; there have been many. The most unusual was a Sno-Cat. Since the Sno-Cat was used for just pulling an ice shanty across a Minnesota lake, the customer wanted to increase his speed from 8 mph to 13 mph using a 5-speed. Another type of project was a modern-day Morgan three-wheeler. To make the Morgan look like the original, the customer chose a Harley-Davidson ‘Scream’in Eagle’ V-Rod twin mounted sideways and built a bellhousing to mate to a T-5 5-speed. The short driveshaft was mated to a Honda trailing arm. More recently, we were involved with a build of an Ohio State University late-model Camaro equipped with a Ford Eco-Boost engine and a custom T-5 automated manual transmission.
TREMEC: What else sets your company apart that you would like to share with the TREMEC blog audience?
MDL thinks outside the box, and we are passionate about what we do. Think of MDL as a manual transmission niche provider. While most of what we do has become the standard, we are not afraid of taking on something custom. We currently deal in cars and trucks from the ’20s to current. Customers often ask us: “How much for a transmission package?” Since every client has different needs, we listen and make recommendations that best fit their needs. This way, we can provide maximum enjoyment for fun-to-drive vehicles.