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Need transmission advice
#1220006 Mon Jun 05 2017 02:33 AM
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DougR Offline OP
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Well, my 2nd and 3rd synchros are shot in my original 1962 3 speed. Haven't found replacements yet. I'm considering replacing the entire tranny with another 3 speed. Any suggestions? I need advice please.
Thanks guys
Doug Robertson
Purcellville VA


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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1220025 Mon Jun 05 2017 03:30 AM
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If you are happy with the way the tranny was before it gave problems I'd go for rebuilding what you have. Finding a replacement may be easy but how long will it last before you have problems with it. If you don't feel good about doing the work ask around and find someone who does and have them to it. New gears/bearings/seals and you'll be surprised how quite your truck just became!

Now if you find a used one on the "cheap" maybe do the swap while building yours.....and, the used one may have a different "ratio" than the one you have and are happy with?


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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1220070 Mon Jun 05 2017 12:10 PM
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Get a t5 5 speed you will really enjoy driving the truck then.Yes, it is a little more shifting, but the drop between the gears is less and the truck becomes so much more responsive it seems like a new truck. Look for Lugnutz on here, he can help with any questions you may have.You will also have a more modern transmission and overdrive if you use the highway.


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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1220421 Wed Jun 07 2017 04:33 PM
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You may also try to find a Saganaw 3 speed which was available on later cars & trucks. They are full syncro units and can be identified by the 7 bolt side cover. You will need to do some modifications to the shift arms and change the front drive shaft yoke. They are good transmissions and seem to be more available and reasonably priced.
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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1220571 Thu Jun 08 2017 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by DougR
Well, my 2nd and 3rd synchros are shot in my original 1962 3 speed. Haven't found replacements yet. I'm considering replacing the entire tranny with another 3 speed. Any suggestions? I need advice please.
Thanks guys
Doug Robertson
Purcellville VA


Tommy suggested a T5 transmission. If you lean that direction, I have a very good friend who lives in Stephens City, VA. He has a T5 we installed in his 1966 1/2 ton. I'm sure he'd let you take a test drive to see what it can do. Let me know and I'll get you in contact with him.

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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1221775 Sun Jun 18 2017 12:09 AM
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You guys are great! I went with Hambone's suggestion and visited Leon's salvage in Culpeper, VA and got a Saginaw 3 sp. I agree the T5 would probably perform better, but I've got a 3 on the tree and want to try and keep it as close to original as possible. Anyway, it's still at the shop waiting install. Argh! Eager to try it out!
Thanks!
Doug


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Re: Need transmission advice
DougR #1221784 Sun Jun 18 2017 02:40 AM
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I have mine setup for 3 on the tree and love it. I sort of like the old school...


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