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Destroyed T5, What to do?
My son blew out third gear in the 1982 CJ-7 on his way to school yesterday. Now, I have to decide what to do. I appear to have several choices, among those are:
1) rebuild or replace the T-5. probably the cheapest in the short run, but based on what I have learned here, probably not a good idea,
2) Go with a NP435 and with a T-case adapter. After rebuild and all the parts needed, about $1200.
3) Go with the Advance Adapters NV3550 kit, $1895 complete with new trans.
4) There are other manual trans options, but they seem to be even more expensive after buying all the necessary adapters.
5) One of the more knowledgeable guys in the club suggested switching to an automatic. Said the torqueflite would be best. This is where I am out of my league. I don't know much about autos in jeeps but it appears that this is the trans (999) that came in this model jeep. Being so, it would bolt right up wouldn't it? I also assume that not any torqueflite would do. What would be a good donor vehicle for one (besides another cj)
This jeep is used as a daily driver and limited use off road usually on easy to moderate trails (rocky). Engine is a fresh stock 258 with a MC 2100 carb. The jeep appears to have 3.31 gears. It has 32 in tires.
Also, used jeep parts are hard to find out here and if you find it, they want an arm and a leg. I would probably have a better chance at winning the lottery than finding a T-18a.
Another thing, time is of the essence, the wife doesn't want to drive him to school any more than necessary!
Any info on the auto swap or other suggestions would be appreciated.