When it comes to sourcing a five-speed gearbox for your rear-wheel-drive classic Ford, the Type-9 is the default choice. Here’s our in-depth Ford Type-9 five-speed guide.
Type-9, T9, Type-N, Sierra ’box — whatever you want to call it, Ford’s first rear-drive five-speed gearbox has had an incredible part to play in the classic Ford scene — second only to the Crossflow and Pinto engines, that it often ends up being sat behind.
First introduced in 1983 in the Sierra, its Type-E origins (the Pinto four-speed gearbox introduced in the Mk3 Cortina in 1970) meant that right from the off, classic Ford enthusiasts recognised its potential as a relatively easy to install upgrade for fuss-free cruising on the burgeoning network of motorways in the UK. And despite being out of production for nearly 20 years, and superseded by the technically superior — but larger and costlier — MT75 gearbox, the demand for good, second-hand Type-9s, and the information and parts required to fit them to classic Fords remains relentless.
In fact, thanks to its compact nature, the Type-9’s become the default choice of five-speed for almost all rear-wheel-drive classic cars where five gears were never offered as standard. Check out the upgrade kits for all manner of classic marques and invariably you’ll find the Type-9 at the centre of the conversion. The 2.8 V6 version was even used in production Caterham Sevens.
Inherently strong, it’s also proved itself as a useful upgrade for tuned classic Fords where the existing gearboxes just aren’t up to the job.
So, if you’ve been thinking about giving your classic Ford an extra gear before you head out on the motorways to the shows this Summer, or are looking for a way to improve the strength and performance of your standard Type-9 turn the page to become an instant expert with the help of long-standing Ford gearbox gurus, BGH Geartech.
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This tech guide first appeared in the May 2011 issue of Classic Ford.
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