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#334474 - October 16th 2009 8:46 am Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built...
Westvan71 Offline
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Registered: June 28th 2006 12:00 pm
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Asking you here - wondering if having manual shift on colunm in a '70s Chevy/GMC van worth to keep? I haven't seen one for a long time.
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#334476 - October 16th 2009 8:50 am Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Westvan71]
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#334522 - October 16th 2009 12:09 pm Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: vanatic05]
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They still built quite a few over the years.
the TH350 was just a really nice reliable trans.
So nice that allot of people stopped ordering as many vans with the 3 on the tree.......

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#334527 - October 16th 2009 12:37 pm Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: wookee]
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It really comes down to what you like in my opinion, if you like the 3 on the tree and like the originality of it then keep it. The only real value to your ride is if it makes you happy.
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#334735 - October 17th 2009 11:50 am Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Bullet]
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Yeah, It's been a long time since I last drove a manual in a van (last time I think was in late '80s!). My new "winter beater" van have the manual shift pedal still there under dashboard - it's non-opreated due to the former owner's change to auto shift.

I may remove that pedal to keep just in case...
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1971 Chevyvan G10 panel van - going to be put for sale
1975 GMC shorty panel van - trying to fix to save her!
1963 Mercury Econoline project van - coming
1986 Ford Mustang LX hatchback - in use for commute, poor car!


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#334777 - October 17th 2009 1:51 pm Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Westvan71]
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I saw quite a few in Chevies I was looking at recently, maybe approaching 10%---seems like most were mated to a six banger.

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#334933 - October 18th 2009 10:26 am Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Brad_LaGrange]
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Registered: July 13th 2009 11:40 am
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I remember seeing a 4 speed on the column in an Econoline p/u once, that must've been pretty Rare.
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#334978 - October 18th 2009 1:11 pm Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Brad_LaGrange]
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Originally Posted By: Brad_LaGrange
I saw quite a few in Chevies I was looking at recently, maybe approaching 10%---seems like most were mated to a six banger.

BradLaGrange


About 10% of production? Yes, I believe the higher portion would be with six bangers, then what's left of percent would be with a V8. Have I got that right?
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Westvan71

1971 Chevyvan G10 panel van - going to be put for sale
1975 GMC shorty panel van - trying to fix to save her!
1963 Mercury Econoline project van - coming
1986 Ford Mustang LX hatchback - in use for commute, poor car!


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#334988 - October 18th 2009 2:28 pm Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Westvan71]
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Loc: Louisville, KY
West---Naw, just 10% of the vans I looked at recently, I would guess that a SLIGHTLY higher portion than that came with them just because you hear about/see a few that were converted to A/T by later owners. But yeah, most were six bangers that I saw. Also, I THINK I posted a mid Chev in the Craigslist findings yesterday or today that was manual and V8.

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#335463 - October 20th 2009 8:35 am Re: Manual shift in '70s Chevy/GMC vans - not many built... [Re: Brad_LaGrange]
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Registered: September 10th 2009 9:14 pm
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Loc: Bristol, TN
The 2nd gen Chevys had a 4 speed on the column option, like hens teeth, I sold a NOS 4spd column shifter a few months ago. I would love to have a changeover for my '85. I've got one of the New Process 4 speed overdrives, it has the same gear splits as a 700r4 with 4th gear being OD. I have a 700r4 now, but just like to bang the gears. Give me all throttle, no bottle, and three pedals in the floor!
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