Saginaw 4 speed....again.

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  1. andy736

    andy736 Veteran Member

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    I've done the searches all over on here and the web, with conflicting results. I have a mild 355, street car. 3.42 rear, 17" street tires. Looking to autox and occasionally hit the strip. Will it hold? 90% street driven. Thoughts? Experiences? Thanks!
     
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    Simple answer with abuse......no
     
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    351maverick full time Ebay seller/hustler/car killer

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    17" street tires will provide no real parts breaking grip...if you are spinning tire, parts are not breaking
     
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    Saginaw 4 speeds are stranger than people think but no one rebuilds them so all that slap bad baring etc is whats brakes then .They have a steel case and some have a real deep low gear and are chep too!!!!
     
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    The deeper the first gear though, the weaker the torque capacity of that model trans. So if you want a prayer of it holding up, you ideally want one of the closer ratio Saginaws, not the 3.50 or 3.11 first gear ones.
     
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    good point .
     
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    I would put a Muncie over a Saginaw any day.You see people like us tend to have from time to time ,a heavy right foot.And Saginaws have a tendency to break. This is from a voice with experience.And yes I do know how to drive a stick car. I have a Class A CDL with twenty plus years of experience. Good luck on your project.
     
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    Yeah I'm gonna stick with my auto for now. I gotta gather all the parts for the swap anyhow. I know how to drive stick very well, but I know my right foot will get the best of me at some point!
     

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