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First time poster. Thank you for any help you can provide.

I finally have my drivetrain in the car and think I have an issue with fitment of the transmission.

I have a complete Type 65 kit using a donor driveline - 331 stroker, T5, 8.8 rear end. All came from a running and driving 91 fox body.

The motor and tranny are mocked in place with all bolts fitting. The driveshaft supplied (#60454) fits properly into the transmission and will have proper clearance to the rear yoke. The two issues are:

1. The transmission mount plate only lines up with the tranny mount holes in the forward orientation, what the manual shows as the orientation for a Coyote with TKO. Probably not a big deal?

2. The bigger issue is that with everything sitting where it should, there's no way the shifter will fit as it is blocked by the cross brace across the top of the tunnel. Even if I put it back on before lifting the tranny to mount the plate, there isn't enough clearance under the cross brace. Please see attached pics.

I'm pretty mechanical but this is by far the biggest automotive project I've tackled. I've been taking it step by step and am starting to realize how much I didn't know about transmissions, tail housings, shifter locations, etc. I'd rather have a front/mid shift location but I kinda like the look of an exposed relocate linkage anyway, assuming I can get this thing mounted.
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That does make sense, but it doesn't seem like the mounts will fit in the slots the other way. I can double check the donor tomorrow but here's a couple pics of the mounts from the side.

R/passenger side with closed vertical slot and single aft hole for mount tab:
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L/driver side with open vertical slot plus bottom and aft holes for tab (only bottom is used)
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I don't think the R side closed vertical slot is tall enough to accept the mount that's currently on the L side.
 

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I agree, and I appreciate you taking the time. I even crosschecked the overall dimensions of the transmission, and it appears to be an original T5 without a modified tailpiece. I'll dry fit the driveshaft tomorrow to double check the length. Still waiting to hear back from FFR Tech. Really hoping the mounts didn't get mistakenly welded too far forward, like for some other engine setup...
 

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Gordon, below is the response I received from FFR. Frustrating that my only options appear to be cutting the brace or switching transmissions. Would have been nice to know earlier, but I'm the kind of person who likes to keep moving forward instead of dwelling on the past.

I asked for confirmation of the mount locations to make sure, but assuming I need to cut the brace, do you have a suggestion for restoring the rigidity? I'm thinking of welding diagonal braces to some or all of the corners, as long as I'll still be able to fit the exposed-linkage relocator.

The transmission cross member can face in multiple directions, and there is no issue facing the bend up sitting next to the trans mount. This should resolve the mount line up issue. T5 transmissions require cutting of the frame bar that is in the way. A type 65 works a lot better with transmissions that have a mid-shift option, For rear shift gearboxes you need to do some trimming, as well as use the cobra style forward mount shifter
 

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Thank you. I think I'm going to use the tailpiece I have and cut the brace, then reweld it perpendicular along with a plate in case I want to rig up an exposed linkage later. I really like the look of the remote shifters but I can't seem to find anyone still making them. Trying a CNC short throw with forward offset shifter for now, but I like the idea of keeping options open for changes when I can actually drive it. I appreciate the input. Lots to consider when planning the next one...
 
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