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  1. Corvette1974

    (2) XM211 Available

    Hey guys, Not really a classified ad but I have a lead on two XM211 trucks that are in "all there but rough/sitting" condition. Going to be scrapped if not taken soon. The owner wants scrap price for them, one with plow/one with winch. I am interested in the winch truck but if someone else...
  2. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Long term update! I finally got around to installing my new gears to match the NV4500 conversion. I actually ended up keeping the locker and glad I did. The 3.73s absolutely transformed the truck. It solved all locker problems with the lurching and crazy banging and the trucks gearing is very...
  3. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Definitely not bad, but then I have to also get the Ranger which looks to be $1500ish. I'm going to have to balance rebuilding the NV myself vs paying vs SM, etc. Going to try the locker thing first, regardless. -Will
  4. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Supposedly 19k miles on it. Interesting thought. I might convert the axle to open (regardless, itll give it better manners) and then if the NV really needs a rebuild I'll have to cross that bridge. Otherwise, I'm gonna give it He** until that time, I dont drive the truck that much. Good to...
  5. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Thanks for the very cool story! Sounds like a sweet setup indeed... I'd definitely look into doing that on a truck that already had an SM465. -Will
  6. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    I have tried both double clutching and normal clutching. It can/can not make a difference. It is very up in the air. And I've tested clutch disengagement - lifted rear axle off the ground and in gear the wheels dont spin until the clutch is let out the normal amount. You can even put the...
  7. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Hahaha! Maybe buttery isnt the word but I probably just prefer the shifting of other transmissions such as the SM. The NV4500 install was mostly done for OD, otherwise I would have done an SM. Would have been cheaper too.
  8. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    The SM is without question a stronger transmission and better shifter than the NV. Longer throw yes, no overdrive, but better for HD use. I mean our 1947 dodge 2.5 ton with the synchro trans out of a 1951 Dodge shifts better than the NV, in fact it has some of the smoothest shifts I've ever...
  9. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    There is certainly some crazy stuff happening back there. And the NV is also not in a place it was really meant to be. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that a GMT400 truck couldnt be ordered with such a "rough" combo on the trans.
  10. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    From what I gather and have experience, the SM465 is buttery to shift compared to my NV (and that seems to be the general consensus online, that the NV really isnt that smooth of a shifter). The locker in my truck with the TH400 was pretty much not an issue. With the manual it is awful. Also...
  11. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    OEM right from the Chrysler dealer
  12. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    With the auto, the locker was no issue. To the point where I thought "people just blew the roughness of lockers out of proportion" It was basically unnoticeable. Good to hear - so the swap is relatively easy....
  13. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Bingo! At least I'm not alone haha. The detroit is a disaster with a manual transmission. I'm all about rough vehicles, etc but when a Mack R model is smoother to drive than your pickup, something has to change. The detroit wasnt a problem at all with the auto, because an auto always keeps...
  14. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    My truck was smooth with the auto as well, with only minor jerking. It is really bad with the manual transmission. I've driven many manual pickups and none of them are as bad as this, even a 1947 dodge with an unsynchronized trans (which is smooth as butter). I think the synchro issue would...
  15. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    So I can basically just put the factory spiders in and reset the backlash and call it a day? That isnt that bad, especially because the adjustments are built into the 14 bolt. I dont know what to say to explain the situation haha Tires are fine, maybe my locker itself is faulty/sticking? Plus...
  16. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Thing shifts like garbage, the locker allows too much driveshaft play so the synchros have to work too much. And the synchros have to fight the locker, etc. Ive done all diagnostic and it is definitely the locker that causes the problems. Plus if you are going around a turn not on the throttle...
  17. Corvette1974

    14 Bolt Rear Open Conversion?

    Hey guys, Its been a *while* since I've been on here and my poor '28 has been sitting for over a year now. Long story short, as I converted the truck to an NV4500, I need to delete the locker in the rear. What are my options for doing this/what is the easiest method to accomplish this...
  18. Corvette1974

    Turn Signal Issue

    Put an old school flasher module I found in my basement....It seems to work properly now. I guess it was the HD flasher that caused the issue... -Will
  19. Corvette1974

    Turn Signal Issue

    The side markers (two screws) mounted on the fender corners? Yes definitely flashing, new bulbs. Ahhh so there could be a general compatibility issue... I'll pull one out of a known good vehicle and try it out. Happy Easter!
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