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Old 06-23-2004, 11:23 PM
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O.K. 4speed "Manual" for a V8???

Old tranny out of an old Vega,

Will it work with a V6,or V8?

Originally posted 4speed for V8....

But the "AutoHeads" are automatically thinking automatic!
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Depends on the year of the Vega. '71 & '72 used a seriously weak Opel transmission with an over-the-top shift linkage (literally). In '73, they went to the GM Saginaw 4-speed, which is a good transmission, but not a heavy-duty unit. I have one in a 350 Nova with no problems, but it has a stock clutch & I don't dump the clutch from a dead stop, either. Gear ratios varied from year to year. Mine is a '74, with a 3.11 low gear. Some later ones had a 3.50 low. Gear ratio can be determined by the number of annular grooves (zero to 3 rings) in the input shaft. Here's a site for ID & parts:

www.dandltransmission.com/saginaw.html
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Old 06-24-2004, 04:16 AM
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If you do have a Saginaw it is e very dependable transmission. Stronger than most people think. There are a lot of folks that just want Muncie and have the attitude if it is not Muncie it is junk. Saginaws have lived behind BBC for a long time with no problems. The biggest reason people do not use a Saginaw is b/c it is made of cast iron very heavy and the Muncie is cast aluminum lighter weight by at least 50lbs. My opinion is that saginaws are great transmissions. I like the fact that people do not want them, that just makes them cheaper for me to buy and use.

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I am currently rebuilding a Saginaw 4 speed that I aquired a while ago. I have no idea what I am doing, but do have quite a bit of knowledge on how manual transmissions work. I am planning on it going behind a 327 with TPI in a 69 Chevy truck. I also think that it will be fine and work just as well as a Muncie. For the price, I can buy 2-3 of these and rebuild them for the price of one Muncie. The Saginaw Vega transmission should be fine behind the V8. Then, take the money you saved and put something else on your car.
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Old 06-25-2004, 12:37 AM
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I HEARD THAT!

Thanks for the solid Info Guys.
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