I have an 82 c10 pickup and I got a pretty hot 350 in it pushing around 400hp and I put a 700r4 transmission in it and I'm slipping second gear and I've put a heavy duty servo in it and a kevlar band, and a manual valve body to try and beef it up. It worked for a while and now its starting to slip a little again. I am about ready to give up on automatics and stick a 4sp in it. I know I would rather have the 4sp but I am wondering what all I'd need to do the swap. I should have just done this in the first place cause I've got about $1300 in that stupid 700r4 and its not working. I want to know what 4sp would be best and where to get all the little stuff like pedals and slave cylinders and all that good stuff thanks.
Post by cowpooppatty on Feb 18, 2005 0:03:43 GMT -5
I have an '83 3/4T. Your '82 is pretty similar and I can tell you from the get-go, that "SLAVE" aain't gonna work. It wasn't til' '85 that GM had provisions for a Master cylinder and slave, so you'll be left with the ol' clutch cable instead. This is only true if you wish to keep it in a reasonable budget. The first generation master and slave was a real pain and was less than relable. I still think that the the ol' cable clutch is better and easier once you get it rig'd up. The parts are a simple swap from any truck from '73-84'.
Now the Tranny is your choice. Have you considered a 400 turbo??? Bullet proof and easy to find. If not, with the RPM's at hwy speeds, the ol' 4speeds witht the granny will wind it up pretty high. I would recommend a NV4500 5speed if you go through the trouble of installing a clutch. You can get donnor NV4500's from mosy late model GM trucks and some of those other trucks with the RAM on them, but you will need tochange the input shaft(no biggy) especially if you get it a t a great price of say.....200.00 or less.
well I went today to the salvage yard here in town and he told me I would be looking to pay about 1000 dollars just for the muncie so I scrapped that idea. But he told me he had an 81 2wd 1/2 long wheel base truck with a saginaw 3sp transmission and he worked everything up that I would need for the swap for 250$ minus the driveshaft and shifter. I think thats a pretty good deal. I don't know much about saginaw's but my buddy runs those in his race car for a couple years now and its held up good. I'm gonna look up the gear ratio's and see what they are. I was thinking about that nv4500 tranny to. But I didn't think it would work cause they are a big beefy transmission.
Post by Missgoodwrench on Feb 18, 2005 18:12:46 GMT -5
We have a 68 camero with a four speed saginaw and with my heavy foot and hard shifting we haven't had to rebuild it once. It is the stock tranny from 68 si I guess it lasting this long should show something for their quality!