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    '54 Chevy manual transmission question

    What kind of bellhousing do the old ( i have a 54) manual transmission that have the shifter on the column? It was bolted up to an inline 6 motor. Will these old transmissions bolt up to a small block chevy?

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    Is that an apache? 'Cause I think those are cool as all hell.
    Buy a 350 with a 700r4 already?
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    its a 54 chevy 210 del ray. I have a th350 and 700r4 sitting in my garage...but i want a stick cuz autos arent as fun to drive in my opinion.

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    Use a rachet shifter then on an out..heheh And no you wont be able to use that tranny with the 350 cuz you wouldn't last long. I believe trannies after '62 will work but I forget. I've been out of the classic scene for a year now, so it's all fading away.

    Get a 5spd out of a Camaro or 4x4 S10, they'll work, or just buy a new manual tranny.

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    well i already have the working transmission so i didnt want to buy a new one

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    The 54 had a cast iron bellhousing on the original 6 cyl engine and it will bolt up to a small block. The original 3 speed will work behind a small block but plan on driving like a grandma if you want it to last very long. 1st gear is non-syncro like a 1 ton truck 4 speed.

    You can replace the tranny with a Muncie full syncro 3 speed from a late 60's to mid 70's 1/2 ton pickup. They usually sell for about $50-75. They're close to a bolt-in, will work with the column shift and will hold up behind a strong V8
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    how strong a v8?

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    They came stock behind 300HP 350's and are nearly as strong as a Muncie 4 speed. Anything can be broken but they'll take plenty of abuse.

    I've got a good one I'd sell for $50 if you're close enough to Oregon to pick it up.
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    im not or id take u up on it

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    so basically the old inline 6s have the same 90 degree bolt pattern as the small blocks?

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    Originally posted by cpbaur
    so basically the old inline 6s have the same 90 degree bolt pattern as the small blocks?

    YEP
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