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irpac
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Gearbox identification

Post by irpac » Mon 08 Jul 2019, 21:13

Hi

Please help identify, I bought this manual 3 speed transmission mated to a 351C, looking around on the internet it seems to a be a 3 speed top loader according to the 9 bolts on the cover. Never heard of a 3 speed top loader, is this correct?
Also I would have thought that the linkages / selectors would be on the left side of the gearbox if a top loader. The previous owner hacked the gearshift and ran it with 2 rods welded onto the mechanism, 1 for R & 1 and another for 2 & 3. I can find the cast number but not the plate for the identification number. The bell housing bolts on with 4 bolts, not 8 like a 4 spd top loader.

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Re: Gearbox identification

Post by bmwmaniac » Tue 09 Jul 2019, 06:20

i have seen something similar to that fitted to an old Maserati
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Re: Gearbox identification

Post by paulusvrotius1 » Tue 09 Jul 2019, 19:15

I think it's called a top loader as the access cover is on top where you 'load' the gears into.
As you say the four speed has the linkages on the left hand side.
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Re: Gearbox identification

Post by jlebenon » Wed 10 Jul 2019, 19:39

3 speed Toploader
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Re: Gearbox identification

Post by irpac » Wed 10 Jul 2019, 21:43

Thanks for the replies guys, I think I will keep it, it should hold up behind the 351. Anyone have a set of linkages and gearshift for sale?
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