Looking for a tranny to mate to a Gen 1 smallblock

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  1. BaronVonBullshit

    BaronVonBullshit New Member

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    Going into my 52 chevy deluxe. What would OT recommend?

    The smallblock will probably be pushing 450bhp/500ft/lbs. I kind of want a 5 speed, as it's getting a mild rear gear and it's probably not going to see a track, though i still want to have fun with it. What cars would I be able to rip a donor tranny out of? price and ease of swap are a factor.
     
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  3. You're not going to find any donor cars for 5 speeds that reliably handle 500 Ft-lbs.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Pardon my ignorance, but when you say 5-speed, are you talking auto or stick? I assume you mean stick, but I can't be sure.
     
  5. MAD PUNK inDC

    MAD PUNK inDC Sic Semper Tyrannis

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    just get a T-56, it's the most common aftermarket manual around at the moment that can be had for a reasonable price. Any of the GM transmissions for SBC will work, they haven't really changed the mounting pad for them in 50+ years. You might be missing a bolt at or near the top on that year, but it makes no difference, just make sure you get the correct torque converter/flexplate, or in the case of a manual clutch and flywheel.
     
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    +1 for not doing a donor car/swap.

    Get one built.
     
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    yeah i have an auto fly on it right now, but thats no big deal.

    this is why i love chevy's. fords are such clusterfucks :rofl:
     
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    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    Juat get a j/y T56 out of an f-body and have it re-built with steel shift forks and better synchros.

    You'll be out less than two grand for a solid tranny with few weak spots.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    (starts with a low chuckle, building to a disturbing, unstable laugh) Dude, $3000 is two trips to the repair shop for my VW. If this thing is as bulletproof as it looks, and if it's going into a car of similar quality, then it's worth every penny. Just use good gear oil in it and you'll be fine.
     
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    the 5 speed goes for $2100 :noes:
     
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    Corz ha ha! snikt

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    for what two tune ups? :mamoru:

    we hear VW at my store and our pants get tight just for simple profits
     
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    Timing belt/waterpump, front control arms/tie rods/alignment. I also had all the fluids drained and replaced. Don't ask how much that cost.
     
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    You feel the need to argue with people about their automotive choices on an internet forum, but you own a VW and pay someone else to change the fluids?

    Your credibility just went to zero.
     
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    i own 3 VW's :squint:
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    That's because you have absolutely no idea what it takes to work on a newish VW. The days of the original Beetle are long, long, LONG gone.

    To change the timing belt on my car, you have to unbolt the front of the car (bumper and all!) and slide it forward about 18 inches.
     
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    yeah, but do you work on them yourself or bring it to a firestone ?
     
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    I agree. It was the same way with both Volvos that I owned. They're higher maintenance vehicles but I did all the maintance myself. That's kind of what I expect from an "enthusiast" rig.
     
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    not only do i work on them myself, i built them :eek3:
     
  22. deusexaethera

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    I know what you're saying, and in general I agree, but my Passat is my only car and as such it's also my daily driver. I do the work on it that I feel comfortable I'll be able to complete successfully in an evening without a lift; anything more complicated than that I prefer to have done by people who feed their families according to the quality of their work. If I had four or five cars, I'd have no problem putting them up on blocks for days or weeks while I wrench on them, but pragmatism takes precedence.

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    Anyway, if the OP doesn't want to drop 3 grand on the 6-speed posted above, then I'd still get the 5-speed. A good transmission is worth every penny of its purchase price.
     
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    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    I would second this thought.

    If you plan on building a big block of any sort, spend tranny money up front.

    A $2500 tranny is cheaper than three $1000's.
     

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