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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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T-18 price?

I found a rebuilt T-18 WITH an Advance Adapter setup for a Dana 300. The guy wants $900 for it, and it only has 3K miles on it.
Too much??

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Re: T-18 price?

How much could you get a T18 for out of the boneyard and have it rebuilt? If it's less than $400 then it would work out to be roughly the same price with a kit strait from AA. If you could get one for a lot less, say $200 and depending on how much the rebuild was, add in the AA kit and you know exactly what you have for less. I'm not real familiar with what a tranny shop would charge for rebuilding and adding the kit, but it may be worth your while to check.



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Re: T-18 price?

Couple questions. 1: is the t-18 out of a CJ, J-truck, or a Ford? 2: If it is out of any but the CJ does he have an adapter to make it fit into a CJ or just for a dana 300?

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Re: T-18 price?

It's a Ford T-18, and it bolts up to a T-176 bellhousing.

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Re: T-18 price?

If it is from a Ford then I believe it is a fairly long input shaft. You will need to buy another adapter to make the input shaft fit into the engine. The adapter is close to $500 from advance adapters. You will also need a pilot bushing from advance adapters and that costs $30. So after buying it you aren't finished spending $$$. Considering all of this I think it is still a good deal. You can buy an adapter and a pilot bushing and you will be all set with a bullet proof tranny that will last you a LONG time. Just be carefull putting it in. The tranny alone weighs over 150 lbs.

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Re: T-18 price?

OK, now help me compare...
T-18 ready to install, for $900
OR a mid 90s Dodge NV4500 for $1000
Tough choice, or not really?

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Re: T-18 price?

Right, you will need to replace the input shaft to fit the jeep. Ford tranny's don't cost that much around here. I picked up a good T-18 for $75 at the bone yard. You can buy em for $100 all day long. I bought AA's adapter from "No Excuses" and saved $100 over AA'a price. I got the kit for the Dana 300 and had to buy a new yoke when I got a new CV driveshaft. I was replacing the T-150 and Dana 20 in my 79.

1. Ford T-18 $75
2. Adapter $404.04 (shaft and alum adapter for D300)
3. Pilot bushing $30

This has been a couple of years ago so the prices may have gone up a little. I clocked the 300 while I had it on the bench and built some twin sticks for it. I really love the granny low, I can crawl now!

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Re: T-18 price?

Depends on what you are going to do w/ the cj. If you drive it long distances or expressway then the overdrive of the nv4500 will make it a more than worthwhile investment. However, if your cj is mostly an offroad vehicle or just around town driving then the t-18 would be a better choise. It has a lower first gear. 6.32 compared to the 5.xx of the NV4500. Either trannys are bullet proof. Personally, I don't like Dodge, I'm a Ford man, so I'd go w/ the t-18

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ratio for first gear on nv 4500 is 5.61, which I believe is negligible compared to the advantages gained, ie the 5th gear.

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There is some misinformation on here about the Ford T-18. That is the one YOU WANT to bolt to the T-176 bellhousing. It is a direct bolt up with no adapter between transmission and bellhousing. That's the point in using that bellhousing and the Ford t-18. You will have to change pilot bushing and possibly clutch disc. I know a shop that sells them ready to bolt up rebuilt with 300 adapter and 6.32-1 with a new mount and pilot bushing for $950 plus core and shipping. Bear in mind that is with a warranty. If this guy will guarantee it then that's not bad. If no guarantees then I would think about it unless it's someone you trust. I would also ask him if he has any receipts showing it was rebuilt at the time it was converted. Not everyone rebuilds them when they convert. Good luck. Nickmil.

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