I've searched myself half blind, and now I need some input from the pros! Here's the deal: I picked up a 4WD '89 Chevy Burb a couple of years ago, for a few hundred bucks. Rebuilt the motor, but the body turned out to be a basketcase, and there was a lot of DMV fees due, so I yanked the entire drivetrain and parted out the truck. So now: TBI 350 / 700r4(K-case & computer lock-up)/ NP241 waiting to be dropped into something. Didn't want to hack my FJ55, so I had planned on dropping EVERYTHING from the burb (colomn, pedal assemblies, wiring, fuel/cooling systems) into my '62 Scout. Well now I might have another very beat FJ55 to build, and between some friends can come up with enough stuff to bolt my TBI 350 to a chevy bell, to a toyota 4 speed trans/transfer, for almost free. So now I can run the entire plug and play chevy setup, or delete the 700r4/NP241, and go manual. This won't be a daily driver, but I will be driving it to wherever I wheel it. I'm not interesed in million dollar rebuilds...I want to use what I have now. List of pros and cons: -700r4/NP241- Pro: overdrive, low first gear/torque converter, better transfer gearing Con: tranny might fail, compression braking? -Toyota trans/transfer- Pro: no way for 700r4 to fail, has compression braking, and will be using chevy bellhousing/clutch so may be easy to swap to SM420 or 465 later Con: no overdrive, transfer has crappy low range, shifting in traffic sucks balls. There will be a bunch of grunt work and fab to do for either setup, but they will end up costing about the same... MY TWO MAIN QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE ANSWERED ARE: 1) If I go with the auto, is there any compression braking at all if you drop the shifter into 1st?? I can't imagine not having compression braking going down some of the trails I like. And 2) Will unplugging the 700r4 from the harness keep my cruise control from working if I go with the manual? ( I would still be using a VSS...but also would be ordering a new EPROM chip for a man. trans. from the dealer...) Anyone who can help me tip the scale here would be apreciated. Thanks.