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Old 06-08-2006, 04:25 PM
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3 or 4 speed tranny, whis is best?

for ocasional drive around town, heavy burnouts, ocasional stopligth racing, wich would be best 3 or 4 speed trannys? car has a supercharged 350, don't care about milage so a 5 speed is not in my list.
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If your racing includes speeds that would over-rev your engine in 2nd gear, then a 4-speed would be best. Most car-type 4-speeds are basically like 3-speeds with an extra gear between 2nd and 3rd.
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1/8 of a mile is the longest racing distance, I have a th350 now but the modulator does not like the blower, also the converter is too tigth, I want to replace it with a manual, I guess the 3 speed should be enough, the only thing that bothers me is the shift pattern, I don't like the way it moves from 1st to 2nd, is there any way to change this? make it like a 4 speed, and having the reverse point down of third?

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Is money an object? If you have to buy a trans anyway why not go with the four speed if you like the shift pattern better? Better all around trans and you won't have to "fix" it to use it...
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Most gm 3 speeds are not heavy enough. pontiac used fords toploader all syncro 3 speeds for a while and some GM pick ups used warner 85's the same internals as the early by 4 speeds but no syncro on first, I had a vette 3 speed in my 57 truck cameo for a while no problem
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money is always a concern, but in this case availability is the problem, most tranny I've found are 3 speed units from ford F-100 trucks, could them be a good choice for my elky?
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I would change my 3 speed for a 4 speed if i had one....

But i'd rather have a 5 or 6 speed overdrive unit if i had a choice.
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what do you guys think of the ford f-100 tranny?
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1/8 of a mile is the longest racing distance, I have a th350 now but the modulator does not like the blower, also the converter is too tigth, I want to replace it with a manual, I guess the 3 speed should be enough, the only thing that bothers me is the shift pattern, I don't like the way it moves from 1st to 2nd, is there any way to change this? make it like a 4 speed, and having the reverse point down of third?

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60s and 70s Ford cars and trucks used a top-loader 3 speed termed the 303 because it used a 3.03 first gear ratio. This was installed in small block and FE 390 cars. They are very strong and plentiful here. It is essentially a top loader 4 speed with only 3 gears.

35 years ago there was a reverse shift pattern available and
If I recall correctly there was also a vertical gate shifter ,
never owned one... and it has been lots of years.
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:14 PM
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most manual trannies I've seen here are off column shifted cars or trucks, will they work with a floor shifter like say the Hurst unit?
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As long as you can get a shifter for it, you can. On a column shift application, the shifter arms that mount to the transmission are oriented with the shift rod below the transmission shifter shaft. With a floor shifter, the rod goes above the shaft. If it's mounted wrong, your shift pattern will be backwards.
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Chevy used both Muncie and Borg-Warner HD 3-speeds behind their big blocks. That would be simpler than trying to bolt up a Ford trans.
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