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292 engine with three speed #1340632 Sun Jan 05 2020 10:44 PM
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DallasJosh50 Offline OP
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Hello all,
Long time reader, first time poster.
I do happen to know how the search feature works... with that said, I have a question.

I currently have the original 216 with a rebuilt 3 speed transmission from a 55 with overdrive. And I just rebuilt the clutch, along with an ever so tedious valve adjustment. Newer rear end with Highway gearing and driveshaft. (No torque tube here, but can’t remember exactly what rear end we installed 10+ years ago.)
My primary use being to cruise around town on a nice day and the occasional trip to the nursery/lumber yard with the wife, SO can the three speed handle the 292??
Yeah yeah, I could build a stronger nv4500 or t5 transmission but I love the 3 on the tree and I don’t plan on driving like I stole it. (yet)

From what I’ve read I will have to box the frame for the new motor mount positions, get a 55 or newer V8 bell housing and everything else should work that I have. The kick start may have to go, I’m not sure. lots of conflicting advice there. And I’m guessing a new driveshaft length will have to be made/bought.

Thank y’all, any help is greatly appreciated!

Josh from Dallas


Josh
from Dallas

‘50 3100 5 window
Viper Red
Currently running 216 w/ 55 3 speed
Building a 292 w/ T5 transmission
Re: 292 engine with three speed [Re: DallasJosh50] #1340650 Mon Jan 06 2020 01:48 AM
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Never fear, others who truly know what they're talking about will join in with expert, realworld advice. Till then, my life experience is that you'll be fine with the 216, 3 speed as long as you drive it with a good dose of common sense. No attempted burnouts or chirping 2nd. No pulling 10,000 lb. loads. Just drive it like a truck that deserves a bit of respect. We have a forum member that's currently driving a '49, 3100 with 3 on the tree and a LS GM engine. Likely in the vicinity of 400 wheel hp. Last report no issues with the drivetrain. Of course he can't driveitlikehestoleit and expect it to last.

Good Luck,
RonR

Last edited by moparguy; Mon Jan 06 2020 01:49 AM.

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Re: 292 engine with three speed [Re: DallasJosh50] #1340653 Mon Jan 06 2020 02:04 AM
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3 speeds came behind the *torque master 348 from the factory, so the 292 is not a problem.

*Torque master is what I call it, not the Chevrolet.


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