I think I will give up on the V6 Essex idea, I;ve done the V6 Essex with a 5 speed type 9 and the special bellhousing a few years back in a 49 Anglia then went the V8 route.
The pinto is a good lump but I bought a new Transit pick up back in 91 and that had a 2.0 pinto and 5 speed and was pretty slow on pick up.
Just liked the idea of keeping it pretty retro std,even the colour is going back as was but wanted it to go like stink, thats the reason behind the V6 Cologne with the 5 speed. The gearstick plays a real problem using the type 9 but there must be something out there.
May have to go the 302 route instead