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Unread 03-13-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
g_shaw
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1953 willys m38a1 transmission swap

well im in a bit of a pickle on this one my transmission went out on my jeep and by no means am i a transmission person and i would like to upgrade from stock transmission to possibly a 4 speed. here is what i have i have a 1953 willys m38a1 with a 327 chevy in it and would like some recommendations on what transmission to use preferably a manual.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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No brainer-SM 465. Bolts to the stock 327 bell and has the thinest adapter plate available giving you the longest rear driveshaft. An SM420 would also work but parts are getting a little tougher to find, there is more of a front driveshaft clearence problem, and the adapters are longer-it is somewhat lighter. Check Novak's site for the various options. You will have to modify both driveshafts, floor pan/transmission cover, and the cross member but lots of threads on that in several forums.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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ok thanks for the info ill have to look into it
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