Running On Empty...
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: South West Indiana
You can go a couple of routes with your budget...
One would be a TF-999 and Dana 300 transfer case from a Jeep CJ.
This would probably be the easiest.
3 speed, no overdrive or lock up converter, dead nut reliable transfer case, available and reliable, will mostly bolt right in with exception of shifters and some linkage, maybe a drive shaft change.
One would be to revert to the old '76-'79 GM TH-400 and Q-track transfer case from a Jeep, which I would NOT do.
The Q-track is VERY hard to get RELIABLE parts for, and the TH-400 is a very large, HEAVY transmission that takes frequent rebuilds because of the weight of the rotating mass in the case.
You could go AMC Th-400 which would bolt right up to your engine, Then use an adapter to use your transfer case.
Adapters are expensive, and the transmission is as heavy duty as anything out there, it's pretty much an old antique and takes a lot of maintenance.
Another possibility is an ADAPTER, with something like a GM Th-350 (3 speed) or TH-700R4 with overdrive (4 speed).
There are transfer cases available with the correct passenger side 'Drop' that will bolt directly onto the GM transmissions,
OR, There are adapters that will allow you to use your current transfer case, but the adapter will cost as much as a different transfer case that bolts up in most cases.
Since these are as common as nails, the transmission itself is fairly cheap, while tracking down some of the older passenger side drop transfer cases that would bolt directly up can be a pain, but they are out there.
Again, linkages and shifters, drive shaft changes might be in order depending on where you get your information and what swaps are available.
Since a LOT of people have used GM engines/drive lines, the info is out there...
Personally, I don't have issues with light towing and light wheeling when it comes to the TF-999, and you simply can't get a more bullet proof transfer case than the Dana 300...
They are VERY simple transmissions, there are plenty of them out there, they work reliably, and they are cheap and simple to service...
It will bolt right up to your engine, no adapters.
And if you go aftermarket with the kick down linkage and a cable shifter, the install will be as easy as anything.
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