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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 11:54 AM
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T-150 Strength

Will a T-150 hold up to a 85' 302 fuel injected, that will be used for mostly mudding and street driving, no rock crawling? It would be in a 75' CJ5. I plan on running 35's with the stock axles and D20 T-case. I hear the T150 is a direct bolt up to the 302, no adapters needed. Is this true, if not what would be? If this is a good combo does anyone have a T-150 for sale or know where I can get one?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 12:18 PM
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Re: T-150 Strength

I just read on Novak Adapters site that the T176 might be another consideration. What do you think? The same questions as above apply.
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Re: T-150 Strength

T-150s are the strongest 3-speed Jeep ever used, and hold up well behind V-8's. The T-150 I replaced in my CJ lived 200K miles, first behind a 304, then behind a 360. It could've been rebuilt (only trashed synchros, gears were fine), but I elected to go the T98 route. They're slightly stronger than T176s, but naturally have one less gear. Gearing tends to be high, so it's not the "ideal" transmission for rock crawling. Mudding, of course, is a different ballgame, and personally the straight R to 1st shifts are something I kinda miss.

I'll have a T-150 for sale within the week, from an old parts J-10. Not sure of the mileage until I pick it up, but it's all been behind a 258 I-6. I'd also have my old T150 for sale if you'd want to rebuild that, or you could buy both and have spare parts. PM me if you have specific questions.
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Re: T-150 Strength

Yea, T-150 came from factory with the v-8 jeeps. T-176 will work, better Gear ratio, but you would have to use a Dana 300 T/C, also better low range than the 20.
But I have a T-150/M20 combo & bellhousing, if you want .

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Re: T-150 Strength

I'd have a D20 to go with it, too, but of course since it's going on a 302 you won't need and couldn't use the bellhousing. Of course, I'm about 3 hours to the east of Pittsburgh, so joey may be a little more accessible to you if his price is near mine.

And just to clarify, just because lots of folks are trying to sell T150s doesn't mean they're a bad tranny... just one gear fewer than I prefer [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: T-150 Strength

In response to T-150s are the strongest 3-speed Jeep ever used



I have a good friend with a 77 CJ-5, built 360 AMC, and T-150 trans. The T-150 has been rebuilt more times than a he would care to admit, with 2nd gear being the weak link every time. I will grant you he has never been accused of driving like a human being. But I have always believed that the T-15 has a reputation as the strongest of the 3 speeds.

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I have also destroyed a T-15 due to driving habits so let me say that none are indestructable.
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I relize the T15's are stronger. But from what I read they are not a direct bolt in. (If I'm wrong on that correct me) I need a direct bolt in for money reasons. What bell housing would I use between the 302/T150? Is it the T18 bellhousing? I think thats what I gathered from the Novak site. I appreciate all your help, please inform me if I'm missing anything. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: T-150 Strength

The bellhousing you would use is the stock 302 bellhousing (assuming it came with a manual tranny). The T150 and T176 match the Ford "butterfly" bolt pattern found on the transmission side of this bellhousing. Ford T18s and NP435s also use this (and paybe a few others that I don't readily know about).
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Unfortunetly, its out of an 85 LTD w/auto. So bellhousing is something I'll have to get. [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: T-150 Strength

Probably your best donor would be a F-truck with 300 I-6, 302 or 351 and 4-spd manual. Others can suggest other options.

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