rebuild. dont know how much, but chances are not EVERYTHING in your tranny is bad, so definitely cheaper. and a breeze to do along with the engine swap same time. plus do a clutch and flywheel.
i'm also told that a 5th gear from an escort can be put in which will lower cruise RPMs and greater top speed. but you'll usually have to downshift to pass. it makes it a true overdrive. our 5th gear can still be used for passing at 70+mph. not sure how much diff the escort one is, so look into it.
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