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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by caseyk, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. caseyk

    caseyk Registered Member

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    Hi all. I recently moved and had to sell my chevelle but I kept the 400tq 406sbc engine and 2004R tranny. Since I moved to a more rural part of california to help with my father's farms, we both agreed that a 4x4 truck would be a good transplant patient. A truck would be a great help on the farms, and the 4x part would be fun ;)

    I was looking at '76 and earlier 4x blazers (so I don't have to smog it) and wanted some suggestions on what I should do.

    As most of you know, the 2004R transmission is a problem because the tail-shaft isn't removable. From what I've read, I could always use a divorced transfer case, but that is a PITA and is another weak link in the drivetrain... especially since I'm looking for a blazer. And it's quite unfortunate since it's a BTO level 2 2004R with less than 500 miles on it (anyone looking to buy?).

    Now, would another 4x be easier to adapt a divorced t-case (like a c/k 10/20) or is this a pipe dream? And where would be a good place to get a strong 4x th350 just in case? And can anyone give me some rough price estimates on setting up a divorced t-case and a good th350?

    Sorry if I'm asking a lot, but I'm new to the 4x world and any and all help is appreciated.

    TIA,
    Case
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    A 4x4 would eat that tranny for lunch, built 700R-4's have enough trouble surviving...

    Rene
     
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    Geargrinder 1/2 ton status

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    I wouldn't use it. In a 4x4 U not only have the power/TQ of the engine for it to deal with, but on the other end U have big/heavy tires and lots of shock loads for it to deal with as well. I don't think it would stand a chance. If U want an auto I would go with a built TH350 or TH400, if U want to go with a man. I would use an SM465 or NV4500.
     
  4. caseyk

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    Thanks guys... thanks for nothing! j/k :p: So where would be a good place to get a th350 that can handle it? And how much $$$ am I looking at?
     
  5. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Whichever K5 you end up buying will most likely have a TH350 already, or possibly an SM 465 with the 205. Drop your motor in and call it good.

    No need to reinvent the wheel with this IMO.


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  6. caseyk

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    I saw that when I was searching through some papers. But will a stock TH350 hold up to 400 lb-ft? I know it wouldn't in a street rod...

    Know of anyone in So Cal that rebuilds 350s for hi-perf?
     

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