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Old 01-30-2014, 09:23 PM
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3 speed manual on column

Im building a 68 chevy truck with the small block i pulled out of my race car.i had to run stall in my car but im my trucks manual.are 3 speeds any good? Im not racing it but i might wanna show off. Every once in awhile.do they hold up?

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Three on the tree, that was the first manual shift I drove, a hand me down 65 Olds station wagon with three on the tree. It will not shift fast at all,also has a long throw between gears. I was as happy as a fly on dog sheet to have a car to drive to high school, but it gets real old after a while. Maybe a first gear burn out but it takes along time to get to second.
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My old man and his buddies had a rotating cast of 3spd muncies and saginaws; break em on friday or saturday night, swap em out Sunday morning to go to work Monday. Fine with a mild street car on street rubber. Lots of roundy round guys still use the Saginaw, but they're not doing holeshots and burnouts. Its definitely a grenade, its up to you whether or not you pull the pin. I definitely wouldn't hammer on it real far from home LOL
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Gm T 85

GM used a few Borg warner T 85 3 speeds in pickups. The T 85 was the base transmission that was redesigned to the Famous T 10 4 speeds, the internals are the same size strength but the T 85 doesn't have a synchro on first gear. Gm also used a few Ford 3 speed top loader that had a synchro first gear, I think only in pontiacs ( late 64) . , same base trans as the Ford top loader 4 speed. . those transmisions are stronger than normal Gm 3 speeds put hard to find

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I've seen non O/D T 85s in mid '60s Chevys, and it was a HD transmission option for Pontiac from '58-'64. I also had a T-85 with Chevy bolt pattern and a really short tailstock from a late '60s van.

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Im not sure exactly which model 3 speed I had in my first truck, but it had a really low first gear. May play into your rear gear choice or at least something to investigate/consider. Truck had a 2.75 rear and it worked nicely as I could take off/creep with no throttle in some situations. And as previously mentioned the shifting time is not what youd call expedient haha
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Sounds good.i didnt want to at first but i may go automatic.thanks guys
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How many of you guys remember driving your Chevy with your right hand draped over the shifter to keep it from popping out of third on acceleration?

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And lots of us remember carrying a spare tranny in the trunk for the inevitable parking lot tranny swap too!!
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Flat blade screw driver to unjam the linkage right their by the steering column.
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My Dad was home from college, cruising with some buddies and this dork in a 63 falcon keeps trying to race him. Fine. Next light they go at it and BANG! down goes Dads 3+ OD with Mystery shifter. The falcon chugs off, leaving my dad to swap gearboxes in the parkinglot of a grocery store. He still gets needled about this. 3 days later he bought his first Muncie 4spd LOL
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Old school trans

I ran a 37 La Salle behind a Ford 352 police interceptor, 050 pistons from the factory 11-1, with 4 11 gears the gear ratios were just right with the 4.11's. Then a Packard OD. synchro on first gears Big, strong, short and heavy, and the packard trans is now in one of my roadsters.
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