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Transmission suggestions-383 in a 1600lb. car

I'm planning on building a 1932 coupe (fiberglass). Should weigh in the neighborhood of 1600 pounds. I'll be putting a 383 in it, probably around 400hp. My question is, what is a good manual transmission to put behind it? I don't know the gear ratio or tire size yet, but I'm thinking that there won't enough weight on the back end to make the tires stick in a heavy throttle application, so the transmission won't be under much stress.
I'll be mainly putzing around town, maybe a few trips from Austin to Dallas (so a 5 speed would be nice).
My brother said a T5 World class would work, but I haven't heard a lot of great things about them.
I'm OK with going scrap yarding and rebuilding something myself.

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I'm planning on building a 1932 coupe (fiberglass). Should weigh in the neighborhood of 1600 pounds.

That is awfully light. My 32 roadster weighs in at 2240 pounds. And it has a lot of aluminum parts........heads, intake, water pump, driveshaft and Strange 9 inch aluminum center section with a aluminum Daytona pinion retainer....It also has the 10 lb. mini starter.

No heater, radio or other unnecessary parts.....



A 6 speed from a Corvette should work great......they came in the late 80's and early 90's.....and have a bell housing that would bolt up to the 383 SBC.

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That sounds good, but (without looking or pricing yet) I'm hoping for something that might be a bit more plentiful (read: economical). I've also heard muncie 4 speeds might be good.

What about a standard out of a 80's - 90's GM pickup? I'm guessing the first gear might be a bit low, but I could make up for that with high diff gears, yes?

Regarding the Corvette tranny, what might one expect to pay for a such an item?
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That sounds good, but (without looking or pricing yet) I'm hoping for something that might be a bit more plentiful (read: economical). I've also heard muncie 4 speeds might be good.
I have a friend who got one for $550....and it is real nice and clean.
Muncie 4 speeds are good.......but no OD...

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What about a standard out of a 80's - 90's GM pickup? I'm guessing the first gear might be a bit low, but I could make up for that with high diff gears, yes?[/QUOTE]

Heavy........and not really suited to High performance applications....

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