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Old 10-21-2005, 04:04 PM
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63 Chevy 3 speed

Hello all .
I have a question about a transmission that was given to me. It is a 3 speed manual out of a 63 Chevy truck. My question is it worth anything? Any good uses? Is it a solid transmission? And any other info about the transmission you can pass on. I just want to know what to do with this thing. I believe that it is to good to be thrown out because it was just rebuilt before it was pulled from the truck (about 4 years ago), but I donít want to hang on to glorified paper weight. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 10-21-2005, 04:09 PM
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i would not throw it away, u might sell it at swap meet oneday, of course 4 speed are always better
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Someone gave me one that was out of a 64 truck.I looked around on ebay to see if it was worth anything.I saw a couple that went for about 25 or 30 dollars.Then I saw one that was painted and detailed and he listed all the cars it would fit.It went for 100 dollars.I am also curious about the durability of it,The guy gave me the bell housing and a 350 also.I was thinking of using it with the 350 but I don,t know how durable the trans is.
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I recently sold a '57 3-speed Saginaw (small gearbox with a long tail) for $25. I'm guessing yours is about the same. It wouldn't be all synchronized for one thing and you might want to check the 1st gear ratio. Some were real low, especially for trucks.
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sell it to a circle tracker many classes don't allow berts or brinns and a 4 speed is not needed since most use high gear they will give ya a little coin for it.
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Good to know

Well it's good to know. Sounds like it will keep it's home under my bench until some one wants it. I was also thinking that it would make a good tranny for a rat rod, but i won't get that for a little while. Thanks for the replies.

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It makes a great tranny to mount BEHIND your four speed, or even auto. Take first and reverse out, or at least lock the shift lever in place. Only use the 2-3 shifter, can be connected to a HD choke cable. Connect so that pushed in is 3rd (1:1), pulled is second. Use the clutch to shift with a stick, let off the gas and coast to shift with an auto. Generally you don't use it going down the road -- put it in second at the strip, third to drive home. That's if you have the length underneath to do it. Then you can run 2.73-3.00 gear in the rear and still have a great drag ratio too! It's the "poor man's overdrive".
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