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post #16 of 23 Old 07-20-2009, 06:49 PM
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short answer yes, it will bolt right up. Not sure why he wanted NV3500. I assumed he was looking for something strong, so I sugested AX15. But in stock form he could use a T-5 reliably.
I know I suggested the T-5 but I wouldn't want one. I've put my T-176 through a lot and I'm sure a lesser transmission would not have survived. The only reason I suggested the T-5 is that I was sure it would just bolt up.

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post #17 of 23 Old 07-20-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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You're right, I mentioned the NV3500 for strength as I haven't heard anything good about the T-5. A local tranny shop ballparked $700 to $900 depending on which tranny it was and just assuming a complete rebuild was necessary.

Not really sure what to do at this point as I'm broke so I'll just be careful and see what comes along.
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Rebuild costs will be pretty much the same for a T4, T5 or even a T176. That price would not include any extra parts that are not included in the rebuild kit. The cheapest way out would be to rebuild what you've got. I picked up a T176 for $100 and a rebuild is in the near future. If you want a 5 speed, search the classifieds and Craigslist. You should be able to pick one up for somewhere around $200 complete with the shift lever. A rebuild kit is a couple hundred more. If you don't have the skills to rebuild it, then shop around and get a warranty on the rebuild. I would never buy a rebuilt unit off the net. If a local builder does the work, then he gets to fix any problems.
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It's true T-4 & T-5 are light duty transmissions and are suspect when used hard and can break behind a stock motor. T-176 is very sucessful tranny even behind mild v8's. You will only be able to baby the busted T-4 for so long...It's broken and will continue to deteriorate. There's no nice way to say this but if your broke, can't afford a rebuild kit, and for that matter can't afford labor to get the job done...You're in a bind, and will be walking not riding sooner than later.
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Ahh, that's life though. Things come and go and then come again.

Anyway, on further inspection, I noticed the holes where the bellcrank meets the clutch pushrod and also the release rod were pretty worn. Actually ovaled out bad enough to see the oval beyond the edge of the washers. I didn't see any wear under the dash though.

Could those issues mixed with a possibly worn disc/pressure plate cause the problems I'm having?
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I would say that is probably your problem. My 79 is the same way, and I have the same problems your describing. I will be ordering a new linkage kit from quadratrac or 4wd hardware. I think all new linkage rods, beelcrank, and ball studs are about $75. Since they need replacing anyway, I would try this first.
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If you're set on a 5 speed your best bets an AX-15, for a 4 speed I'd go with a t-176 or any of the heavy duty granny low trannys (T18, NP435, SM465)
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Sounds good, thanks

As for the five speed... I'm only set on solving the grinding issue at the moment and I thought that if the four speed had to go anyways, then why not. I'm definitely not a granny low kind of guy, lol
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