Chuck56R

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About Chuck56R

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  • Birthday 02/19/1959

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    Farr West Utah
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    Hot Rodding, building antique black powder firearms, antique tools, fly fishing, white water rafting.

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  1. Mr Earl, thanks for working with me on the bell housing and flywheel. Had a large family gathering at my place over the weekend so not much happened with the 322 removal from the 56R. I'm still quite sure I want to put a 3 speed in my old pickup, I found an early 60's Warner T85 3 speed last week out of a Pontiac (one of my swapping buddies was holding out on me) supposed to be very strong and helical cut gears so pretty quiet too. Do you know anything about the T85?
  2. 2Carb40, great information on the Cadillac / LaSalle gear boxes. Having an old Cadillac 3 speed in my project truck would be amazing, both for performance, cool factor, and being able out BS the rest of the Rat Rod/Patina crowd!! To shift topics a bit, I have a line on a T85 3 speed out of an early 60's Pontiac, anybody know anything about these? Supposed to be very strong and helical cut gears so quiet too.
  3. Oh yea, to respond to your earlier post; If you can't find 'em, grind 'em!! What's the fun of owning something that doesn't see an occasional clutch dump in the greater pursuit of blowing the doors off of one of those little rice rocket tuner cars. It's kinda like cruising in the mid-70's with an M21 Muncie behind a big block Chev (or Buick GS, or Olds W30, or Pontiac HO), it's not a matter of if but when it's gonna leave a pile of parts and a puddle where the trans used to be!! I may need to graduate to the Buick "M22 Rock Crusher" 3 speed!!
  4. Yes Please!! Wow, we gotta talk soon - let me know what you want for a 264 bell housing and 322 flywheel. I already have a stock 1950 Chev truck 3 speed column shifter with the shift linkage(s) that I think I can modify to work. I might need to reconsider the saginaw vs. Buick 3 speed, better for the occasional burnout.....
  5. I like the look of this trans, already setup for an open drive line. Educate me, is it compatible with a standard GM slip yoke or is it a Buick or BOP specific item? I have 2 saginaws now and was planning on a simple bearings, syncro's, & seals refresh on one of them which is about $100 in parts. Let me know how much you want for this box and I may have to consider a chnage in direction.
  6. I'm most likely going to put a GM 8.5 diff in the '52 pickup and I do already have 2 Saginaw 3 speeds with different 1st & 2nd gear ratios. The Saginaw yoke setup will be much easier to use with an open drive line and not hard to find a replacement trans if I have any issues. And yes grand kids!! I was born when Dwight D. was still in the White House!
  7. I was admiring your Authorized Buick Service shirt and noticed the Yuengling Lager, glad to see you can get a good Pennsylvania beer in Georgia! Yes, I think the 264 bell housing will work great where I have to do some machine work on it anyway, no sense cutting up a 322 bell housing for the same purpose. I'm guessing there are a lot more 264 bell housings out there because the bulk of the 3 speed cars were Specials and pre-55 cars that came with the 264 and standard trans. The first 2 pics below are the '55 Super in the midst of the rear suspension upgrade. The second 2 are what it looked like when I drove it home, good solid car with 4 minor rust holes that required small hand made patch panels. My grandfather's '52 Chev came home last night, surface rust only - floor and cab are solid. Bed is very straight, only minor dings in the tailgate. Can't wait for a little Nailhead torque and a couple of my grandkids in the cab with me!!
  8. Thanks for the info. Looked at the Offy adapters, found several for 322 to Ford transmission but nothing for a 322 to GM trans. I think it's going to be easier for my application to modify a 264 bell housing than stack the Offy to Ford to GM adapters. I found some information that says that the 4 bolt pattern on the 264 bell housing is very close to the GM saginaw 3 speed, might need to drill and tap the 2 lower holes on the bell housing and slot the upper mounting holes on the saginaw trans ears slightly to get everything to bolt up. I think half the fun of "Cool" when it comes to using an old Nailhead and a mix matched drive train is scrounging the parts and getting it all to roll down the road together!!
  9. Thanks for the info. Looked at the Offy adapters, found several for 322 to Ford transmission but nothing for a 322 to GM trans. I think it's going to be easier for my application to modify a 264 bell housing than stack the Offy to Ford to GM adapters. I found some information that says that the 4 bolt pattern on the 264 bell housing is very close to the GM saginaw 3 speed, might need to drill and tap the 2 lower holes on the bell housing and slot the upper mounting holes on the saginaw trans ears slightly to get everything to bolt up. I think half the fun of "Cool" when it comes to using an old Nailhead and a mix matched drive train is scrounging the parts and getting it all to roll down the road together!!
  10. Great pics and explanation. So for my application I can make either work given that I will need to do some machine work to open the center input shaft hole, drill and tap to match the later saginaw trans, etc. If you have a spare throw out bearing fork that would be great too. This is a bit like Christmas, looking forward to seeing what parts emerge from your stash!! Thanks, Chuck
  11. Mr Earl, when you say 5 vs 6 bolt tranny are you talking original mid 50's Buick 3 speeds for the torque tube differential? The bell housing pictured in the reply above looks very close to the later Saginaw bolt pattern for an open drive line. Is the bellhousing to engine bolt pattern the same for 264/322? Again, thanks for your time and the information.
  12. I have a good running 322 nailhead that came out of my '55 Super. I'll be using a late 60's or early 70's Saginaw 3 speed so I'll have to do some machine work on the bell housing to match the trans bearing retainer. Thanks for the help.
  13. I'm swapping a '66 425 nailhead and switch pitch TH400 into a '55 Super 2dr hdtop. I need to change the column gear indicator from the dynaflow PNDLR to the turbo 400 PRNDLL pattern. Is their a source for a direct replacement or something that can be modified to work? Thanks, Paul
  14. Thanks for the reply, let me know what you find. Really enjoying the the forum.