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Adapter free granny 4 speed swap?
Now i'm considering keeping the 258 or 232 in my postal for a while to keep costs down and get my postal build up on the road as soon as possible. I want a granny low 4 speed in it but don't want to spend major money to get a granny low tranny.
I might have found a jeep t18 for $250 needing work and i would still need a d20 t-case and maybe the adapter to bolt up the t18. I know that would be the easiest swap but i'm looking at atleast 400 to make that swap work if not more.
Another option i have is using a 465 and my buddy has a 465 to d300 adapter i could get from him for probably $100 and i'm pretty sure i could get a good 465 from a bone yard for $50 and a D300 for $100 and then i'd have a kickin low range but what would i do for a bell housing? I've heard you can get a t-4/t-5 bell housing machined to make it work, does anybody have any details about that? I think brad (cjjeepercreeper or someting like that) posted about it.
The last option i thought of was a ford 435, t150/176 bell housing and using a ford 208 t-case behind it but i think that would be really long and really bulky. Or if it will bolt up a bronco dana 20, i've found a couple for under 150 though they are all 5 hours + away, though if a bronco d20 will work i could probably make the set up work for under $300.
Does anybody know the lengths of these different set ups? I'm planning on a close to stock wheel base (stock is 80 i believe and about 88" at the longest for now), maybe adding 2-4" to the rear with offset waggy springs and more offset plates. My goal is cheep, short and the lowest low range possible. Any other options i'm leavnig out?