Yea, I think the full-manual is out of the question for my purposes. I do plan to build one hell of a motor eventually,but we're talking at LEAST a year on that, and even then , aside from a dream of being the first FSJ to win Fourwheeler's TOP TRUCK CHALLENGE and maybe running the Peterson's Ultimate Adventure....full-on competition doesn't interest me. The stock shift pattern will suffice with beefed drum/sprag assemblies. I do want the shifts to be firm,but that can be achieved with a well designed shift kit. Don't need neck-snapping shifts.
Hammer did an excellent job explaining the funtion of the FM VB in that thread
Thanks for chiming in
I found a local guy parting out a J-truck/CJ hybrid that has a full-manual GM TH400 in it mounted to a Dana300 via an Advance Adapters kit.......for $650. The guy who built the tranny supposedly spent 3G's on it by a big tranny builder on the east coast. The "Reher Morrison" of tranny building on the east coast, the owner says.
650 isn't a bad starting price considering the Advance Adapters kit lists well over 500 alone and is claimed to be practically new,but the tranny is too radical for my vision of this Wag and the Dana300,although its a fairly stout little case, will not hold up to the tires/wheeling I have my sights set on.