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Old July 18th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default What transmissions should I look for?

I'm looking to pick up a 4 or 5 speed 2WD manual transmission for the little hotrod I'm building.

I'll be bolting it behind a 283 V8. Its got a mild cam and a Corvette manifold, and will have headers. I was told it should be able to push out about 250hp/330ftlbs with these items.

I'm not sure what transmissions came in what, I'm looking for something thats abundant, which would in turn be "cheaper". I dont care if its Ford, Cheby, Dodge or whatever, as long as I can make it to bolt to this smallblock without buying an adapter. Like, Ford or Chevy using same bellhousing to transmission pattern, so I can put a Chevy bellhousing on whatever is available.

I've heard of "World Class" T5's, but apparently they are made of gold cause I cant find them for under $500 so far. The regular T5's were very abundant ofcoarse, but I've been told they wont last behind a V8.

Will these regular S10 transmissions work alright? Someone point me in the right direction here.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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your going to want a NV3500 which is a 5 speed used in 1993 and up S-10s with the 4.3 as well as fullsize half tons with the 4.3, 5.0 and 5.7. they can handle decent HP as long as you don't abuse it. they came in 2 and 4wd configurations and shouldn't be to bad on price. it uses a hydraulic clutch though so you will need the hydraulics from a donor truck
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Thats the one I figured it would come down to. Junk yards want $500+ for them, Hopefully I can come across one a little cheaper somewhere.
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seen one on craigslist last month for 200. look around some more you'll fine one
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seen one on craigslist last month for 200. look around some more you'll fine one
That might be the one I just picked up a couple hours ago
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