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Unread 10-22-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
putty31
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sbc 350 auto to manual conversion

I have a 86 CJ with a small block chevy 350 in it. I am not sure of the year of the engine, but I am looking to see how difficult/costly it would be to turn it from automatic to manual. The CJ was originally a 4 cyl. manual, and even still has the clutch pedal installed. I don't know much more about it, if it is even possible. I love my CJ but hate that it is auto, so I wanted to look into options. I appreciate any insight you all can shed on this subject. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 10-22-2009, 11:44 PM   #2
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I would suggest on of the SM series. Check out the Novak sight for all the adapter details.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:40 AM   #3
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I am doing a similar build on my cj5. When I bought it there was a sbc, turbo 350 and a np203. This left about a 8' drive shaft with the motor shoved all the way foward and the radiator in the back seat. I am putting in a sm465 dana 300 combo. I have done a lot of research and it it a pretty bullet proof drivetrain. The sm 465 is easy to find. They are very common. I found one with the bell housing and clutch for 200. It will bolt right up to your sbc. You might have to get an adapter. unless you use a chevy transfer case like the np 205. If I was going to use a chevy t-case that is what I would get. It is gear driven and really tough, but the low range isn't low enough for some.If you already have the clutch pedal set up your swap will be fairly straight foward. Go to novak conversions site, they have a lot of good info on these kind of swaps.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot!
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