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Anyone have any luck with Top loader "imposter"
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Hey guys, I recently bought one of those top loader "imposters" that has the overdrive fourth gear. I think it came out of a 78 e-van. Anyway I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this transmission. It has only 4 bellhousing bolt holes and the speedometer is on the wrong side. It will be (maybe) put in a 73 Q code.

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billy73mach1;195586 Wrote:Hey guys, I recently bought one of those top loader "imposters" that has the overdrive fourth gear. I think it came out of a 78 e-van. Anyway I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this transmission. It has only 4 bellhousing bolt holes and the speedometer is on the wrong side. It will be (maybe) put in a 73 Q code.

Thanks

No personal experience but there is a guy on the 460ford forum that runs one behind a blown 460 and he swears by them. Most people swear at them.

73 conv. 460, D0VE large valve heads, Performer RPM manifold, Voodoo 227/233 cam, Holley 950 HP carb, C6 trans, 3.25 trak-loc.
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#3
Do'nt do it. It has really weird ratios. Basicly a 3 speed tranny with a OD.I put one behind a 289 in a 68 stang many years ago before I figured out what I had. After many hours of making a Hurst shifter work on it I pulled it right back out and found a real top loader. Differant as night and day!

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#4
That trans was used in the late '77 production E-vans and Granada from what I understand.
Dad put one in his '57 Fairlane behind a 351W with a 3.82 rear gear but sold the car before completion.
For that particular car, it probably was a cool idea. He even kept the 3 foot tall van shifter arm for the '50s custom look.
In anything else, well... keep in mind where it came from...

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#5
Is that also AKA the SROD 4 speed? If so, it was also used in early fox bodies.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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#6
No, not SROD.
It looks like a top loader, with external shift linkage instead of the integral shifter that the SROD has.

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#7
They look just like a top loader, very easy to take advantage of someone that does not know what they are looking at. Yes they were used in Granadas.

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#8
Thanks for the info guys. I bought it on a whim thinkin it would help with gas mileage. Any chance the internals are worth keeping. Top loader cases are alot cheaper, or is it just a waste of time. Everything looks great inside. Are any parts interchangable?
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#9
Why not use it?
If it's a daily driver or cruiser, should be just fine especially with the OD.

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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