The Novak Guide to the
Borg-Warner T15 Transmission
The Borg-Warner T15 is a medium-to-heavy-duty, three-speed transmission, introduced in the 1971 Jeeps. It was offered in Jeeps up through 1975. The T15 was primarily found behind the AMC V8 engines as the base transmission, but was also found behind the AMC 232 and 258 I6 engines as an upgrade option over the T14. The upgrade to the T15 transmission was the Jeep T18 four-speed.
The T15 is a top loaded, top shifting transmission using a cane shift lever.
The T15 is synchronized in all forward gears and all gears are helically cut. It uses sliding clutch collars in lieu of sliding gears as found in other, earlier Borg Warner three speeds.
The T15 transmission is 10" long and features a cast iron top cover that is retained by 8 bolts. The main case is of cast iron. The case itself has two protruding bosses as provisions for side-shifting actuators, however, no known Jeep side-shift applications are known.
The T15 transmissions as found in Jeeps has a 1-3/8" x 6 spline output shaft for mounting the transfer case input gear.
The T15 may have the following casting numbers: T15 or 1307, or 13-07-065-901 and these are typically found on the passenger's side.
The Borg Warner T14 and T15 transmission are similar in designation, and visually somewhat similar. However, the T14 did use a three-bolt front bearing retainer whereas the T15 used a four-bolt front bearing retainer.
Transfer Case Compatability
T15 was available attached to the Jeep Dana Spicer Model 20 transfer case in the 1971-1975 Jeeps.
The T15 always used a 6-spline transfer input gear. An informative chart of these gears can be found here.
Engine Compatibility and Adaptability
The Jeep T15 had a 1-1/8" x 10 spline input shaft (or "clutch shaft") and its pilot tip is ~3/4" in diameter.
The T15 was never natively married to any GM engines, but it is popular to adapt the T15 to a variety of GM bellhousings with our T15 adapter assembly.
AMC 232 & 258, 304 & 360
The 1971-1975 Jeeps with the AMC I6 & V8 had a bellhousing that married directly to the T15. This was a deeper bellhousing (~9") than the standard AMC bellhousings that would be released in 1976.
Rebuilding the T15
The T15 is quite easy and enjoyable to rebuild. Many shadetree mechanics do very outstanding rebuilds if they have access to a press, snap ring pliers and bearing pullers.
The T15 is among the strongest of American made three-speed transmissions. They had a relatively short run in Jeeps, but offered good service, even if the gearing was not as broad as the available T18. The T15 was replaced in Jeeps by the T150 transmission in 1976.
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