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what tranny is this

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by XHitman396, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. XHitman396

    XHitman396 1/2 ton status

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    its my buddy's, its in about a 94 chevy half ton 4x4, its a standard, with granny low gear, one, two, three, and overdrive, what is this, and can it mate up to an 87 350 and 208 k5? thanks, and any idea on how much they cost????? thanks you
     
  2. 75-K5

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    Most likely an NV4500. Not sure if it will bolt up to the '87, but if not it will go in with a little modification.
     
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    m j 1/2 ton status

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    My company truch is a 1/2 ton with a 4.3 engine.. It has a MG5 tranny in it.. It ran great for 250,000 miles.. Then I lost 2nd and 3rd.. Around here everybody wanted $1200.00 to rebuild it..We bought a new one from GM for $1600.00
     
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    Check the glove box for the codes starting with "M". Run "RPO Code Mxx" in a google search, and that should tell you.

    Also, you can crawl underneath it and see if the bellhousing is part of the tranny, or bolted on.

    Not sure what trannies you'd end up with that year, but the bellhousing setup is an obvious difference between the unwanted NV3500 and the desirable NV4500.
     
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    3500 doesn't have creeper does it? I didn't think half tons came with 4500s tough.
     
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    They did put nv4500 in 1/2 4x4. Is it a aluminum case or cast iron? If it's cast iron, there's a good chance its a 4500...
     
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    Dunno about the low gear. Since 4500's came in both "versions" perhaps the 3500's did too.

    In any case, if it's a 3500, not many people care, even if it did have a very low 1st.
     
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    ok so we've got 'er narrowed down to a NV3500 or an NV4500, what is so bad about the 3500? how strong are they both, if they are strong, why have i never heard of any on here, since everybody loves the granny, and gets sucky mpg so likes od? thanks again yall
     
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    I wouldn't think that the 3500 would have a granny first.

    I think it's probably an NV 4500, which DID come in 1/2 tons.
     
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    nv4500 = strong, put a big block, extreme torque diesel in front of it and it will survive through massive beatings, NV3500 = good for Heeps, aka put a small block in front of it and watch for shrapnel.
     

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