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62 chevy pickup with 327... automatic or manual trans?

I am building a 62 chevy pickup. With a 327 under the hood. Its going to be pretty hot. auto or standard? I plan on a radical cam., heads, carb, the whole 9 yards. Not sure on the rearend yet. Any help is appricated.

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I am building a 62 chevy pickup. With a 327 under the hood. Its going to be pretty hot. auto or standard? I plan on a radical cam., heads, carb, the whole 9 yards. Not sure on the rearend yet. Any help is appricated.
I'm not a big fan of manual trannys. My everyday driver is a 5-speed and it gets old very fast having to clutch & shift all the time.
What ever trans you decide on it should be a 4-speed OD Auto such as TH2004R or 700R4 or 5 or 6-speed Manual. To help with highway cruising & MPG.

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Hot rods have a clutch pedal (and a posi)...grocery getters don't.
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Hot rods have a clutch pedal (and a posi)...grocery getters don't.
I guess I just own Some Bad a** ''GROCERY'' getters.. ''NO CLUTCH'' pedal in any of my rods.
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I guess I just own Some Bad a** ''GROCERY'' getters.. ''NO CLUTCH'' pedal in any of my rods.
Guess so...
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There's no need to have to work,to drive your hot rod,You can build it hot enough with a automatic..
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Hot enough is never hot enough...
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I like my manuals,auto will be more forgiving with the radical cam though.
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Ya bunch of sissy's...




just kiddin'...build it the way YOU want it, and just have fun!
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just kiddin'...build it the way YOU want it, and just have fun!

Know what you mean,But after years of all the shifting,And breaking so many.I had my fill with them.A good trans break,and a nice stall,Will give you the same kick in the pant's.But I do agree with you.Build it the way you like it.
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Real trucks have a clutch

I prefer manual-----the only AT vehicle we have is the minivan
Both Elkies and all 4 pick-ups are manual

Plan on a 5-spd for the 64 Short Wide Chevy
Have a 5-speed in both Elkies
The old D-150 is a six/4spd OD
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I knew my Auto trans preference was gonna get something started. I did put ( or 5 or 6 speed manual ) in my 1st post.
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turbo 400 good or bad

thanks for the input. I had a 82 gmc. i build a 350 for it. i had a torqer 2 intake, a 650 edelbrock, pollished and ported heads, and a pretty salty cam in it. I was 16 years old when i build it. didnt no what a stall converter was at the time. I ran it about 60 miles a day. The tranny it had stock was a turbo 350. I thrashed it in a hurry. I found a tranny in a ditch on the side of the road one day. took it to the shop cleaned it up and put it strait in my 82. Turn out it was a turbo 400. I had the truck for 5 more years. Went through a few motors. but the tranny is still in it. Is the turbo 400 a good pick for a street rod? It seemed to be for my first one.
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The TH400 is a good strong trans. It requires more HP from the engine to turn it compared to a TH350. Both have 1:1 3rd gear so you'll need to gear the rear so your not turning to many rpms for cruising. I like OD trannys for cruising & better fuel mileage. Here's some Info on Auto trans ratios and a link to see what your rpms will be at certain speeds.
http://www.maliburacing.com/auto_tranny_id.htm

http://hotrodworks.net/hotrodmath/quarter.html
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thanks for the links. i dont no much about the powerglide. but it was an option. is it for more of a 1/4 mile car? i was thinking of a 4.11 posi. in the rear what is your suggestion on a good rearend and tranny combo? Behind a salty 327.
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