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    I was wanting to know which one of theses trannies are eaiser to put in in a 81 cj7 with the 258 with the sr4 tanny. i have a very tight budget so the easiest and cheapest fit is what i'm looking for.

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    the T-18 will bolt right in if you can find one .... good luck, I have been looking for one for a year!! - at least a "good deal" on one ....

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    • #3
      The T18 would probably be easier because it bolts in, but good luck finding one. For the SM465 see novak or this link SM465 to AMC engine

      I am doing the SM465 in my 79 CJ5 but I have the sbc 350. I just have to use the adapter for the D20. It was not cheap. So if you can find a T18, it would be much nicer to your wallet.

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      • #4
        the SM465 will bolt to your SR4 Bellhousing as athenscj5 stated above.

        A ford T-18 (much easier to find than a jeep T18 ) will bolt unmodified to a T-150/176 bellhousing, and you will still need a TC adapter.

        Either tranny swap will probably still run near a $1000 by the time you're done. I am leaning towards the SM465 for my 84, mostly because I already have the clutch and bellhousing.

        Novaks page is a great resource.

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        • #5
          As the guy said above, the Ford T-18 out of an early 2-wd Ford pick-up (< 1973) is a great option. Bolts right up to the T-150 bellhousing and has a 6.32:1 1st gear ratio. The other great tranny that hasn't been mentioned is the NP-435 granny 4-speed out of later model Ford pick-ups (mid 70's -late 80's). Just as strong as the T-18, bolts up to the T-150 bellhousing and has a deeper 6.68:1 1st gear ratio. In my opinion, they seem to shift easier than a T-18 too. The SM-465 will be a pain in the A$$ to bolt up unless you are planning on putting in a small-black Chevy engine. Good luck. I bought a complete, working NP-435 out of on old Ford pickup at a local pick-a-part for $90.00. That's a heck of a deal for a bulletproof tranny.
          Last edited by Renegade; 03-26-2005, 09:53 AM.

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          • #6
            I know someone selling a Jeep t18 complete with clutch, pressure plate, and Dana 20 transfer case would be a straight bolt in but he wants 900.00 for it. I'm in the same boat as you right now I'm putting a 360 in my Jeep and still running a T5. I'm just gonna baby it and try to get a year out of it. I plan on getting a Ford 2wd T18 as soon as the 4wheeling season ends then getting the Novak adaptor for my D300.

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