I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Re: toploader transmission swap
Nobody seems to have done this swap.
I'm guessing that you have a RUG transmission. It's all cast iron with external linkages (shifter mounts to the outside of the tailhousing). There is also a cast aluminum SROD with internal linkages (shifter in the tailhousing), and a RTS aluminum case with aluminmum top shifter (internal linkages).
I don't know of an adapter that's available, so I'm trying to swap the overdrive internal components into my T176. I haven't gotten all the answers YET. But there doesn't seem to be much information out there.....
I don't know what you are thinking of trying... but you'd have to come up with an adapter or new tailhousing to make it work.
I was thinking of using the tailhousing from a bronco, and cutting/brazing it to the tail housing of the OD trans, then having a new output shaft made, but with a CJ5 I have to consider LENGTH of the adapters. Swapping the gears seems to be the best way to go.... I just don't have it worked out ...yet.....