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Old 10-21-2005, 05:45 PM
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'70 454 into '68 Malibu

I'm putting a '70 454 into a '68 Malibu. I'd like to use a 5 or six speed trans.
Not for much racing but some track time. Mostly for weekends and long drives across New England country. Any suggestions. I see Richmond's in Summit for +/- $3k, and I've heard Doug Nash is real good. An m-22 seems a little dated for the amount of highway and mountain state road driving I do.
I'd like to accommodate one of these with as little mods a possible. I have a
m-20 now with a cut floor for the hurst. The trans mount frame cross member seems to me adjustable with extra holes drilled into the frame. After the motor and trans are in I will weld these & not just bolt them.
Any way any suggestions for this project.

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Old 10-21-2005, 06:06 PM
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Why would you weld the crossmember in?....absolutely no need to. Just use a good grade of bolt and you wont have a problem.......You may want to remove it one day.
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Those extra holes are probably there for use with what ever number of trannies they used in those cars. Theres no guarantee any of those are going to line up with a newer tranny if you choose to go that route. You could very well end up having to drill your own holes.
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Don't forget the Nash/Richmond 5-speed is not an overdrive trans, and you have to buy a shifter for it. Their 6-speed is basically the 5-speed with added overdrive, and it comes with a shifter included in the price. There's also the Tremec 5-speed, preferably the heavy-duty version, which also is an overdrive trans.

No way would I weld in that crossmember. That's a sure-fire way to let Mr. Murphy break a now non-removeable transmission.
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