A friend is looking to buy a 5 speed overdrive for his panel truck. He found a used New Venture 4500 for a reasonable price but it's out of the vehicle. It's an early NV4500 because it does not have syncromesh on the reverse gear. It came out of a tow vehicle and comes with a PTO but who knows how many miles on it. He checked out the parts prices for a re-build and the parts are very expensive and should it need a re-build it's gonna be very expensive. $1200.00 exchange plus freight both ways. My question is: Does anyone here have any experience with an early NV4500?