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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 00, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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I currently have a 68 rs camaro with a 6 cylinder and pg and a 3:08 ten bolt posi rear. I am thinking about swapping in a 350 with a 3 spd saginaw(manual floor shift). The car has a console so the hole in the floor is already there. I know that i have to change the radiator,coil springs,engine and frame mounts,crossmember,clutch pedals,shifter and shift plate,fan shroud etc..... The engine is all stock 250 HP. My question is will i have to change my drive shaft or rear gear or both or can i use both?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 00, 08:48 PM
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Put a Muncie M-20 in it. A mediocre Muncie shifts tremendously smoother than the best Saginaw made back then. I would only consider a 72 or later Saginaw 4 spd that had the lower 3.04 first gear, if I just had to have a Saginaw (they still had the big 10-spline). At least I could take better advantage of that 3.08 rear end with that Saginaw.
I'm under the impression that the crossmember and driveline back are the same between the 6 and Small block.
Remember, your backup light switch wiring will connect differently and there is a pigtail that goes thru the firewall right of the accelerator and down to an externally mounted switch. Oh well, IOM; it's only money.
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A turbo 350 would work better than the Saginaw three speed. The torque converter will multiply torque and help off the line.
Plus it would be easy to swap in, you can even use the power glide shifter.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 00, 05:47 PM
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Jim Rex, your rear gear will be okay (I had a Saginaw 3 spd behind the 6 cyl in my car before I swapped and it did ok). I think the 3 spd has a moderately deep first gear, almost 3.00, I think. I liked mine and thought about keeping it behind my 350. It had a fairly deep first and fairly wide gear spacing (I know, convenience over performance is heresy). The driveshaft length for the 3 spd is 46.5" between welds, the same as for a Muncie, so you could swap later without a problem if you wanted. I don't know how long a Powerglide's driveshaft is, so I don't know if you can use the existing one. Good luck, Steve Laabs
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