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Old 03-12-2003, 09:21 AM
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Question Which transmission to keep/run?

Hey guys, don't know so much about transmissions, so I have a question. I've been building a 1963 Chevy Nova SS. So far, I have an engine that puts out 425 HP @ 6100 RPM and 425 ft/lb @ 4200 RPM, hopefully to be more like 600 on both later when I have money for an ATI Centrifigul Supercharger. My rear end is a Currie built Ford 9" with 4.11 posi.
Now then, it had a 4-speed manual in it that I pulled, not sure which make but I'll attempt to find out later. I was going to put a 6-speed manual in it though. Is this a good idea or is my 4-speed better? Or maybe something else. If it is something else or the 6-speed, which model? Guess that's more than 1 question, oh well.
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If there is an automatic I can get the same performance of a manual out of, I'd be happy to go that way too. Course, I will drive this on the street so remember I have 4.11 in the rear.

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If you are going to drive it on the street, maybe take a look at the 6 speeds. I know you can pretty much customize the gears in the Richmond 5+1's, so that may help when running those 4.11's.
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And what about the T-56 that comes in new corvettes and camaros? Could that handle the power? Because I was looking at both those and the Richmonds, and there is a significant savins, around $3000 for the Richmond, and $1000 for the Tremec T-56.
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i would be happy to have either one. i think... that the t-56's are a good tranny. if the 4 speed you have is a muncie it will take anything you can throw at it. 6 speeds are a blast to drive tho. as for autos if you want that kind of hp you have to use a turbo 400.
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Hmmm....So if my 4-speed is a Muncie, it's good for handling the power you say, but what about my 4.11 rear end in combo with that, won't it be fairly undrivable on street/freeway?
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That's mainly why I suggested the Richmond.
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I've been thinking about a 4l80e (I think thats how it goes)it's a overdrive tranny but it's more heavy duty than a 700r4, I belive there in 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, and for sure hummers. You can pick a stock one up for around $1000, T.C.I also builds them with trans breaks and better torque converters, but with an older car you will need the electronic controll unit, but thats cheap.
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