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Old 07-11-2019, 11:39 PM   #1
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Anyone running a (Brownie) trans?

Yesterday the shifter busted off out of the NP435 in my '68 C10.
clean brake right down at the pivot pin.
It was stuck in neutral and the Little Blue Truck got to ride home on a roll bed.
While I was shopping around for a replacement shifter today, I came across a 68 3/4 ton with a 435 4 speed, and a 3 speed Brown-Lipe (Brownie) aux transmission.
If you're not familiar with them, they are an UD/DD/OD gear box that sets behind the stock trans connected with a short drive shaft.
They require a secondary shifter located behind the stock shifter --->Twin-Stick

I don't know that I want twin sticks in my little truck, but I DO WANT OVERDRIVE.
anybody have any experience with one of these?
I am going to buy it, I can get the entire set up including drive shaft for cheap. Sounds just weird enough to be cool and it fits my budget
Just wondering if anyone has any experience with them. thoughts or opinions.
How do they shift, how tough are they, worth the effort, etc?

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Old 07-12-2019, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone running a (Brownie) trans?

There very old and hard to find parts for. Good in there time. I,d just go nv4500
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:14 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone running a (Brownie) trans?

I'd go for it. Cool as heck! If it ain't broke now we don't know it won't last forever.

I don't know if it was a Brown-Lipe auxiliary or not, but I had a friend in Oregon who was into the late Mopar flatheads, cars, trucks, anything flathead Mopar. He had one of those big 1t pickups with Budd wheels about a '50 or so. He'd put a cap on the back and take his family back to Upstate NY to visit the wife's folks, no problem. He referred to the set-up as Brownies but I thought it was just back to back transmissions. This was in the '70s so just a memory, no facts
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone running a (Brownie) trans?

Too cool! Probably came out of a big truck before it was installed in the 68. I would love to see some photos of how it's installed.
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