You have 35" tyres, they came with 29", you have 4.56 gears and an overdrive 5th gear which could be the 0.73 ratio in a NP4500, guess what??
The table below is for 4th gear at 55mph, which is 1:1 and your 35" tyres work OK on this ratio. If you have an 0.73 5th gear you will be pulling 27% less revs and you will struggle if you are pulling 1757rpm at 55mph.
If you had the 0.86 overdrive ratio in a T5 box you would have been pulling 2070 rpm and that is also really sluggish but more manageable.
Sorry, it is your gearing in overdrive top. I would be tempted to steer clear of it unless going downhill as it will bog and use more fuel than 4th which is nicely geared for 35" tyres.
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