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Old 12-29-2005, 10:21 PM
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Trying to put together a real super duty van

Hello Everyone, I've been reading all the great posts on this forum. All this information in one location is amazing and very welcome. I have a question... I'm trying to put together what I would consider a true super duty van. The engine stuff is pretty straight forward. The transmission is what gets me. For a while now I've been considering taking the two speed rear-end out of a 1960 Chevy C-60 truck becuase it's the only thing I could think of to get the gear ratios that I need for towing and everyday driving. I've been using the van to tow a trailer full of hay, not a huge trailer. But every now and then the van is really straining to the load moving in some of the fields that I have to get the hay from.

My question.. My brother said that I can put a manual trans behind my regular trans and use it as range selector. Has any one ever heard of this? If so, what do you think?

BTW Ford E-150, 302 V-8, C-6?.


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my advice

i think you should have a bigger engine... when you do alot of towing you need more torque... and the only way to get good low end torque is a bigger engine.
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More gearing will get you going but be gentle or you will break axles/ujoints.
Yes you could use a manual tranny behind your auto. -same idea as a underdrive-overdrive just take out gears 1,2, reverse use 3rd as underdrive and 4th as direct. You will have to mod. you driveshaft[s]
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DuPlex tranny

Thanks Hipo225, would you think that the auto trans would soften it a bit? Although I could probably still rip the rear end out if I tried.

It seems to me that I should leave all the gears in the second tranny. Just put to gether a shifter that I can reach while driving. That way I can adjust the how slow I need to go.

Has any one seen it done?

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the removal of the extra gears will save weight and eliminate grabing the wrong gear
lots of old and new truck tractors used 2 transmissions one main with an auxiliary behind it

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Plymouth Champs used a range selector box, that was high and low, they were FWD but same concept, don't see why it would not work if you can get a tranny cheap enough. you should leave the reverse in tho, because reverse is a low gear ( a little lower then first ) so if you need a really low gear, you shift your truck into reverse and the trans in reverse, it should make it go forward, but giving you a double low gear, or what most would call a granny gear
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reverse gears are weak stay away
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