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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Rollingthunder, Apr 3, 2001.

  1. Rollingthunder

    Rollingthunder Registered Member

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    A friend and I had an arguement over an auto or manual trans being better. My friend comes with a metal foot and a quick shifting hand. His blazer is a '78 model with 9" of block lift, 35"x12.5" tires, 305 engine, TH350 trans, 203 case (all time 4 wheel drive), 1 ton shocks, dana 44 and 12 bolt underneath. Which trans does everyone else think is better? I go with the auto.
     
  2. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    9" of block lift!!!??? That's gotta be a record! [​IMG]

    Murphy's Laws on Life :
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  3. Rollingthunder

    Rollingthunder Registered Member

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    Sorry, said that wrong. 9" or more total lift. I don't know what I was thinking.
     
  4. kpanza

    kpanza 1/2 ton status

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    Automatic all the way!! (And now let the manual lovers shower me with hate mail!! ha,ha) It's nice to be able to sit in a three-wheeling pose and have your picture taken, sipping on a Coke, changing the CD player and then just happily idle back to earth!! Try that in a manual!! (I know, my Heep is a manual!!) For total control in all situations (unless your gears aren't low enough to crawl downhill) there is nothing like an automatic!
     
  5. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    All I say is that my manual trans rebuild bill ($0 for the life of the vehicle) will be much less than you auto tranny owners. Just pay attention to posts and keep a mental tab of how many complaints and questions you hear about manual transmission problems and auto trannies : )

    Seriously though, it really depends on your driving style. I was in a parking lot playing with my truck in 2wd, and just climbing over those parking stall dividers, I would either stall the vehicle, or spin the rear tires to keep it from dying. I imagine on a rock climb, that could be fatal. Auto trans would solve that...steep hilled city driving isn't a whole lot of fun with an SM465 either.

    For day in day out driving, there is nothing like the utter reliabililty of a well built manual transmission. I was always scared whether my 700 was gonna hold up, and WHEN, not if, it was going to fail again.

    Dorian
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  6. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    my vote goes w/ the auto,but i like mud. for rocks or trails maybe stick .the block lift,I have seen the record,stock springs and 44s!!!!!!!! front too!!shoulda seen that thing on the road,or should i say all over the road.i was in my 1st jeep(cj on 38s)and i changed lanes to get away from it.SCARRY!!suicidal IMO

    PURE INSANITY
    86 blazer silverado 400 horse 350 w/vortec heads 38 x15.5 swampers (40 hawgs next)10 bolts(blah)w/4:88s coming soon,14 bolt.
     
  7. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    manual all the way try matching the awsom grany gear with an auto and also the reliability of a manual vs auto

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  8. Daveytree

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    All I know is that had it not been for my truck having a 700r4 (automatic for those who may not know) it would probably still be in my driveway. I was climbing a hill on I-5 when my tranny blew up and sprayed all over the engine manifold, causing a fire. My truck went up in flames thanks to my automatic trans. Next time I go manual.
     
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    bandit 1/2 ton status

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    I like both of them!

    Bandit
    (Your right i dont understand the jeep thing)
     
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    I have been tossing around the idea of swapping over to a std for a while now... The auto is working not too bad, I have to drop it tho and swap my torque converter, but otherwise I like it. However, on hills, and really slow granny stuff, the std seems the way to go. Also for temp issues, the std sounds better...
    who knows, I have kinda decided that if a truck drops into my lap for very cheap that has a std in it, I will swap the parts over into mine and try it for a while. If not, I will stick it out with the auto and use lots of brakes on the hills!

    guess that doesnt help much! :)

    Mike


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    automatic here especially on the rocks, but then again I had a 65 Twin I beam and when I would throw it into granny it couldn't be stopped.

    <font color=blue>Professional <font color=red>JEEP EATER</font color=red> it's a population control thing.</font color=blue>[​IMG]
     
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    i've seen the fire thing twice in less than a year. both times 700Rs on subs. I drive an auto but can't wait to put in the manual. I busted an auto 2miles away from home on my camaro, cost me 50bucks to take it home. threw out the auto put in a stick. a few months later i busted the shifter mechanism. stuck it in 4th and drove 200 miles home.

    ARQ.
     
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    99% of the time I prefer the auto. 1% of the time I wish I had the SM465 that was in my '77 K5. [​IMG]

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  14. tRustyK5

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    I have the manual and love it. For the technical wheeling my foot is rarely on the clutch, I just idle over almost anything in the granny first gear...
    For street driving i have NO reliability issues, no heat worries, lines blowing, just wondering when I get to empty my pockets at a tranny shop etc...of course my opinion is biased, but like Dorian pointed out, how many posts have you seen that say "Help my SM 465 just packed it in?"
    For me the brute strength, reliability, and simplicity far outweigh the convenience of an auto!
    As a side benifit it seems most of the joy-riders around here like automatics....probably because they're mostly really young and inexperienced drivers. My truck has been 'gone through' a few times but never taken.

    Rene

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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i have one word 4 manual tranys RELIABLE

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    I've got the sm465 in my Blazer and I love it. One time out at Ocitillo Wells my neutral safety switch went out and I had to push start my truck to get it going. The rest of the day I made sure I parked facing down hills so I could restart it. Lets see you do that with an automatic. Sometimes I wish I had the conveinence of having an auto. My wife wont drive my Blazer because it's a stick. Is that good or bad?
     
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    My vote:

    I like the autos..


    The only thing I like a stick for is Fast cars!


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    You've just got to wonder how convenient an auto really is. It wasn't worth the drinks or burgers that I was able to eat while I wasn't shifting.lol

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  19. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    All a manual proves is your dexterity....I can eat a burger, drink a coke and still drive my truck (SM465.) I have cupholders, 2 hands, and if really necessary I can shift without the clutch...[​IMG]
    Best part is the manual keeps my wife from driving it...[​IMG]

    Rene

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