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#811765 Sat Dec 31 2011 02:35 AM
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going from closed drive shaft tras to saginaw overdrive. do i have to switch the side plates

m.mckee #811771 Sat Dec 31 2011 02:55 AM
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Welcome to Stovebolt. To make it easier to answer you need to list what year and size of truck when you ask questions.

With closed driveshaft I'm assuming you have an AD truck with a column shifter and assuming the OD is mid '50s or later. Yes, you need to use your AD issue side plate and shifter arms.


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Cletis #811780 Sat Dec 31 2011 03:27 AM
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yes i got a little ahead of myself. its a 1952,3100 column shift. iam installing a 65 or latter od.

Cletis #811788 Sat Dec 31 2011 03:47 AM
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wouldn't a Saginaw 3spd OD [1966+] be a different shaped cover? would a pre-54 side cover fit?

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squeeze #811804 Sat Dec 31 2011 04:50 AM
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I have a 1967 Saginaw 3 speed overdrive. It has a 7 bolt cover. If you want to use your 3 speed on the column, you will have to modify the shift levers. If you have the original 216, it will have a tough time in overdrive. You need a little more displacement to realize the full advantage of an OD>

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Not enough information here. He needs an open driveshaft for that transmission. That goes for the differential as well.

I disagree that a 216 will have a "..tough time in overdrive." The overdrive will provide extra gears to take advantage of the available power.


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Cosmo #811926 Sat Dec 31 2011 06:48 PM
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I agree the 216 will have a tough time in OD. My 248 is adequate on straight-aways but must be kicked into 'passing gear' on a lot of the hills around here.


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Cletis #812615 Tue Jan 03 2012 12:17 AM
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the truck has a 235 and iam changing the rearend to 355 gear open drive shaft.the side plate is 4 bolt on both transmissions.

m.mckee #812625 Tue Jan 03 2012 12:41 AM
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with a 3.55 rear an OD isn't much use unless the majority of your driving will be on flat highways .... and the Saginaw has a 7 bolt side cover, you have 66 or earlier Muncies, so no you don't have to switch the covers

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Flxible #812669 Tue Jan 03 2012 02:20 AM
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Yeah, if you have a 3.55 gear in the rear end why bother with an overdrive???? Ya goona try for the Henderson County Speed Record?

That would be a set up where it probably won't be able to pull itself up a hill at 60 mph.

Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

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