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Old 02-21-2019, 10:59 PM   #26
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I agree that an LS engine would be awesome, but there just is something to say about and old rig with an old engine
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:26 AM   #27
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My plan for my 70 has been: truck LS/nv4500 (100% has to be a manual) - seems to be the most cost effective way to get fuel injection & over drive. There are a lot of good opinions/options discussed here, definitely has me thinking...
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:25 PM   #28
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Thank for your input. At one point I had decided to go with a 700r4. I figured the 4:56 would give me the range to go either 35 or 37Ē tires and keep rpm around 2500 at 65. I donít have a problem with changing them again to a 4:10 if that will work better with the sm465. I just canít get the idea of a 4 speed out of my mind. I want a Blazer that looks and feels like an ďoldĒ truck. I mostly drive around on the gravel country roads and rarely go over 55 mph. LSs are great I have one in my daily driver, but I want to open the hood and have something that is ďsomewhatĒ era correct. Engines are not my strong point , but I have some experience with a basic small block.
When you do your rpm calculations you need to consider that an automatic transmission may be turning a few more hundred rpms than a manual transmission at the same speed driven. Manual transmissions have a solid link to the engine's crankshaft so they turn at the exact same rate as the crank. Automatic transmissions are linked to the crankshaft via torque converter and friction belts that can allow for "slippage". I guess if you have an auto transmission with a positive lock up on the torque converter this slippage can be eliminated. But I thought I would just bring it up.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:35 AM   #29
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Well , I found a sm465/np205 that was pulled out of a 69 chevy truck. It has all the clutch linkage and cross pivot pieces with it. Cleaning it up should give me something to do while I decide if i'm going to use it. I'm sure I can rebuild them both, I mean I have watched a couple Youtube videos. Ha.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:39 AM   #30
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My plan for my 70 has been: truck LS/nv4500 (100% has to be a manual) - seems to be the most cost effective way to get fuel injection & over drive. There are a lot of good opinions/options discussed here, definitely has me thinking...
Are you going to use an Advance Adapter to hook up to a NP205?
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:53 AM   #31
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350 with factory 4 speed manual trans here. I can hold 75 all day long on the freeway
So what tire size and gear do you run? What RPM at 75MPH?
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Old 02-23-2019, 06:25 AM   #32
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Are you going to use an Advance Adapter to hook up to a NP205?
Not 100% on tcase yet. I have a passenger drop np241 out of an 89 k5 that I might use. I will have to replace the input shaft and maybe some other parts? But I bought the 241 when I was a planning for an auto (boring!) it bolts right up to a 4l60e.

This thread came at a perfect time because Iím currently searching for a donor truck. 1999-2007 gm with 5 speed. Yesterday I was reading that the 241 will bolt right up to the nv3500. Just not sure the 4.8/nv3500 is a good fit for a k5 - Iíve posted this question a couple times & get mixed responses. So for now Iím still between 6.0/nv4500 & 4.8/nv3500 (since I want a complete donor truck and donít want to piece everything together).
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Old 02-24-2019, 02:57 PM   #33
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May be a little bit late being youíve bought stuff already, but if truely I decide yet let me list a few things for thought.
1: you said a cruising vehicle, as much as I like manuals they arenít just cruising transmissions, put an auto in drive and cruise. Also if youíre married and your wife ever needs to drive it for any reason. Can she drive a manual?
2: SM465 ratio is so deep 1st is useless and no overdrive, unless you go with a highway rear gear to drop RPMs.
3: 700r4 & 4l60e both have the same ratio so sbc or LS you can compare trans the same way. 1st gear is a 3.06 ratio vs sm465 2nd 3.58, which you use as first. So not much different starting out except with an auto you can ease into motion with something heavy and not be hard on the clutch. Then again how heavy will you be pulling with a blazer.
* side not you already have a 27 spline np205 which matches a 700/4L60
4: NV4500 is somewhere around 5.4 1st if I remember correctly, similar to the sm464 but with overdrive.

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1epending on where you live and emissions laws old school may be a little more of a pain to meet standards
2: If going old school and wanting to stay correct to the truck, can get pricey if you want all parts period correct. But ultimately the simplest
3:carb vs efi Offroad, normal Offroad no difference. Hard angles and steep grades arenít affected with fuel injection
4: ls drivetrain is proven and in millions of vehicles since mid 1999 with hundreds of thousands of miles, and if staying with a stock setup you donít have to worry about maintence anymore than the next guy driving his used Silverado.

Personally if it was me Iíd get a used drivetrain from a trailblazer 4wd or Buick rainier awd and have the computer flashed just to delete downstream O2s and anti theft. Keep in mind unlike the trucks they donít have a TAC module and makes gas pedal compatibility a lot easier. Also all 5.3 trailblazers, rainiers, envoys, and Saab 9-7x used an aluminum block and the 4l60e which you have a transfer case already for.

Now at last if you want a play toy thatís cheap and fun but not to concerned with comfort and cross country reliability/parts availability, extreme cold weather starts and go. Go old school carb with the manual.
By no means am I saying carbs donít work reliably, just looking at overall conditions and parts availability.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:54 PM   #34
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Well , I found a sm465/np205 that was pulled out of a 69 chevy truck. It has all the clutch linkage and cross pivot pieces with it. Cleaning it up should give me something to do while I decide if i'm going to use it. I'm sure I can rebuild them both, I mean I have watched a couple Youtube videos. Ha.
Looks like you got the short throw shifter option there!
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:07 AM   #35
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Looks like you got the short throw shifter option there!
I don't think the guy would have cut it off if he knew it would be worth $100 some day.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:18 AM   #36
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May be a little bit late being youíve bought stuff already, but if truely I decide yet let me list a few things for thought.
1: you said a cruising vehicle, as much as I like manuals they arenít just cruising transmissions, put an auto in drive and cruise. Also if youíre married and your wife ever needs to drive it for any reason. Can she drive a manual?
2: SM465 ratio is so deep 1st is useless and no overdrive, unless you go with a highway rear gear to drop RPMs.
3: 700r4 & 4l60e both have the same ratio so sbc or LS you can compare trans the same way. 1st gear is a 3.06 ratio vs sm465 2nd 3.58, which you use as first. So not much different starting out except with an auto you can ease into motion with something heavy and not be hard on the clutch. Then again how heavy will you be pulling with a blazer.
* side not you already have a 27 spline np205 which matches a 700/4L60
4: NV4500 is somewhere around 5.4 1st if I remember correctly, similar to the sm464 but with overdrive.

Engine
1epending on where you live and emissions laws old school may be a little more of a pain to meet standards
2: If going old school and wanting to stay correct to the truck, can get pricey if you want all parts period correct. But ultimately the simplest
3:carb vs efi Offroad, normal Offroad no difference. Hard angles and steep grades arenít affected with fuel injection
4: ls drivetrain is proven and in millions of vehicles since mid 1999 with hundreds of thousands of miles, and if staying with a stock setup you donít have to worry about maintence anymore than the next guy driving his used Silverado.

Personally if it was me Iíd get a used drivetrain from a trailblazer 4wd or Buick rainier awd and have the computer flashed just to delete downstream O2s and anti theft. Keep in mind unlike the trucks they donít have a TAC module and makes gas pedal compatibility a lot easier. Also all 5.3 trailblazers, rainiers, envoys, and Saab 9-7x used an aluminum block and the 4l60e which you have a transfer case already for.

Now at last if you want a play toy thatís cheap and fun but not to concerned with comfort and cross country reliability/parts availability, extreme cold weather starts and go. Go old school carb with the manual.
By no means am I saying carbs donít work reliably, just looking at overall conditions and parts availability.
Thank you for all the info/advice. I still haven't decided yet. I just bought the sm465 because it was a good deal. I can always resell it. I have the short output shaft kit for the 700r4, I should probably just go that route. It just seems like a lot of hassle and extra $ to use an nv4500 with the np205.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:19 PM   #37
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Looks like you got the short throw shifter option there!
It is funny how in that huge hunk of metal the 'short stick' jumped right out at me too.

The hit wrench is sometimes quicker.

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