Tremec’s New Magnum Six-Speed Will Separate Your Classic Ford From The Rest Of The Herd
Tech | Transmission Upgrade
One need not possess the mathematical skills of Einstein to grasp the obvious advantages of a six-speed gearbox over any old-school three- or four-speed box. With a deep overdrive in Sixth gear, those manly 3.91 or 4.11 axle ratios in your classic muscle-bound Ford will effectively be whittled down to a far more highway-friendly size for economical, low-wear touring. Meanwhile, on the way up, you’ve got a half-dozen nicely spaced gear ratios to assist in the engine’s accelerative efforts.
Till now, the unchallenged king of our six-speed go-to list has been Tremec’s faithful and familiar T56, which was first found in the Dodge Viper and eventually found a Ford home in the ’03/’04 supercharged Mustang Cobra. But a new kid in town is ascending to the throne: Tremec’s T56 Magnum, which is both notably stronger and more user-friendly than its predecessor when it comes to classic Ford transmission swaps.
Directed squarely at the performance aftermarket, the T-56 Magnum stuffs a re-engineered and strengthened T56 aluminum case full of the latest generation of gear-train internals from Tremec’s TR-6060 transmission-the OEM-specific six-speed whose variants roll off the production line in such current heavy hitters as the Shelby GT500, Dodge Viper, Cadillac CTS-V, Camaro SS, and SRT-8 Challenger. The result of this technology cross-breeding is a conservatively rated 700-lb-ft torque capacity blessed with OEM-quality shift characteristics, all in a package intended to be adaptable to many retrofit applications. And yes, we said a 700-lb-ft torque capacity-roughly 60 percent higher than that of the original aftermarket T-56, which itself was hardly limp-wristed.
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Another advantage shared with the “basic” T-56 is that the Magnum is not limited by an integral bell-housing. Instead, its mid-plate bulkhead design means it can be paired with whatever clutch housing is best suited to your project. Currently, the Magnum is available from Modern Driveline paired with either a mod-motor or small-block (5.0L/5.8L) housing, but we’ve also seen various online outlets advertising matching big-block Ford bell-housings.
OK, we can see that you’re ready to pull the trigger on a Magnum, but you still have one more choice to make, because it’s available with two different gear-sets. The wide-ratio variant has a 2.97:1 First gear mellowing out to a 0.50:1 Sixth. Fans of closer ratios can opt for a version with a 2.66:1 First gear and a 0.63:1 top gear. Full ratio specs are below.
Current retail is around $3,895.00, which is only about $600 more than the current TKO five-speed.
Tremec T-56 Magnum Shifters
|TUPC9633||Standard upright rear-shifter assembly||Original equipment replacement. Red anodized finish|
|TUPC9650||Standard upright mid-shifter assembly||Includes hardware, cover plate, and instructions|
|TUPC9655||2-inch offset rear-shifter assembly||Includes instructions, uses existing mounting hardware|
|TUPC9656||1-inch offset rear-shifter assembly||Includes instructions, uses existing mounting hardware|
|TUPC9658||2-inch offset mid-shifter assembly||Includes hardware, cover plate and instructions|
|TUPC9659||1-inch offset mid-shifter assembly||Includes hardware, cover plate and instructions|
|TUPC9643||2-inch rear-shifter offset lever kit||Includes upper & lower levers, link w/hardware, and instructions|
|TUPC9443||1-inch rear-shifter offset lever kit||Includes upper & lower levers, link w/hardware, and instructions|
|TUPC9441||2-inch mid-shifter offset lever kit||Includes upper & lower levers, link w/hardware, and instructions|
|TUPC9442||1-inch mid-shifter offset lever kit||Includes upper & lower levers, link w/hardware, and instructions|
Tremec Magnum Transmission Fitment
|Part Number||Type||Drive Type||Shaft Spline|
Tremec Magnum Transmission Gear Ratios
Available Tremec Bell-housings
|TNCM1078||T-56 Magnum, Ford 4.6/5.4L w/Mechanical Clutch|
|TNCM1078||T-56 Magnum, Ford 4.6/5.4L w/Hydraulic Clutch|
|1386-212-004||T-56 Magnum, Ford 5.0/5.8L w/Mechanical Clutch|
|(Other engine applications can be found in the aftermarket)|