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Username Post: Question about gears        (Topic#374086)
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11-26-23 07:42 PM - Post#2864517    

On a Saginaw 4-speed transmission
The front input shaft may have grooves cut around it's diameter. These grooves indicate the ratios of the gears inside.
No grooves 2.84, 2.01, 1.35, 1.00
1 groove 2.54, 1.80, 1.44, 1.00
2 groove 3.11, 2.20, 1.47, 1.00
3 groove 3.50, 2.47, 1.65, 1.00. My question is which one would be the best for highway use. Some cars and trucks seem to have a low low first gear that seems like you could just skip it and take off in second. I would like to have something that feels like in the 60’s. Which should I look for ? A 1 groove 2 groove or a 3 groove. It’s going behind a 1955 235 six cylinder. Also any Idea what would be a good rearend gear to have for highway. Thanks. I am trying to find a good donor car or truck to pull one from that is synchronized. Should I look at late 60’s or mid 60’s Thanks. I am not a transmission guy . My first car a 47 chevy was slow to shift next was a 67 mustang that would shift as fast as I could move. Just want something that you don’t have to double clutch or come to a full stop to put back into first. Thanks for any Ideas on a model and year chevy to look for.


Edited by SteveW on 11-26-23 07:43 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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11-27-23 04:44 AM - Post#2864519    
    In response to SteveW

That's interesting about the grooves. I never knew that. It sounds like you want a first gear that winds out. I'm no expert but IMHO I think the 2.54 (1 groove) would be best for that. On the other hand, being a six cylinder, I would think you would want a gear that gets you up to speed faster. In that case the 3-groove might be best. As far as the rear end gear, I think something around a 3.55 would work well for a six as a compromise for both town and highway use or a 3.31 or 3.42 for more highway use.


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12-03-23 12:42 PM - Post#2864710    
    In response to SteveW

i would choose rear gear 1st. depends on vehicle weight, desired cruise speed / rpm, tire width / height. then choose trans by 1st gear so you can get it going without smoking the clutch.

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