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did the 73-91 generation come with a manual tranny ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jfman, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. jfman

    jfman Registered Member

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    Hey guyz, I'm new to the site and I am thinkering wioth the idea of getting a k5 Blazer.

    I want a manual tranny K5 but I have yet to locate one.

    Did they even ever made them ?
     
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    i bought a 1985 blazer.. with a manual.. smc465 and a hydraulic clutch....
    so that would be a good thing to look for...

    or you can always swap one in.. not hard.. but on a daily driver a weekend will be pushing it if you never did it before..... but hydraulic in the weekend is more duable than a mechanical....
     
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    So they came with 4 speed manual trannies...

    Can you swap in a t56 or a better manual tranny ?
     
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    They did make them, And i recently sold a 89 k5 that had a factory 4 spd for $800 (bad motor)
     
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    I dont no if a t56 will bolt up to a transfercase, Though with enough money anything is possible!
     
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    hmm at least you said you were new so I will be nice :haha:


    you wont find a much better tranny than the smc465.. plentiful around and very strong... VERY strong... and yes 4 speed.... granny, first, second, third...

    however you can get a nv4500 (best year was 1994 I think with a low granny gear) and will give you overdrive.....

    problem with many smc465 is the shift ratio....


    1st 6.55


    2nd 3.58


    3rd 1.7


    4th 1


    the only sucky parts is that when you shift out of 2nd into 3rd.. 3rd revs REALLY FAR due to the big difference in the ratio....

    nv4500 is what I want to do someday....

    1st 5.61


    2nd 3.04


    3rd 1.67


    4th 1


    5th O/D 0.74
     
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    I have the sm465 in my 89, But was wondering what the difference is in strength compared to the nv4500?
     
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    A bit far :D Is it even a 4x4 ?


    I found plenty of 3-4k 4x4 blazer but all are auto's
     
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    What did the nv4500 come out of ?
     
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    Hmm, that is a ways away, now that I see your location. Yes, that'd be a 4x4.
     
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    I believe they came out in the 89 and up gm trucks, But not 100% sure
     
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    yeah but the earlier years came with the better (lower) granny gear.. neither can match the smc465.. but still I would sacrifice some to get the OD!!!! :bow:
     
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    Will the smc465 TC bolt right onto the NV4500 ?

    Same location ? (I'm concerned with having to have the driving shafts redone)
     
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    err huh?

    they are both trannies... so they wont bolt onto each other.... did you mean.. will they both bolt onto the motor?
     
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    TC = transfer case


    Will the SMC465 TC bolt onto the NV4500 tranny ?
     
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    SM465 = Tranny
    NV4500 = Tranny
    NP205, 203, 241 etc...= Transfer Case

    Unless I am mistaken (very possible) the SM 465 and NV4500 are interchangable in so far as they will both bolt to the block usign the same bolt pattern.

    For what its worth, I did the swap from a TH400 to a SM465(lever, not hydro) and even though I am a hack, it wasn't that hard, although it took more than 2days, more like 4.
     
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    NP205, 203, 241 etc...


    Those transfer cases bolt onto the NV4500 ? correct ?
     
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    Need an adapter, but with an adapter, yes...
     

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