runawy9 wrote:I can pick up a Doug Nash 4+1 pretty cheap. It has been rebuilt and never put into a car and the guy ony want what the rebuild cost him. Is this tranny any good or are they junk.
These transmissions were eventually sold under the Richmond Gear banner after they bought the rights to this transmission, I used to work for a retail co that sold these. For HP street use, they seemed to be as strong or stronger than equiv toploaders and muncie's they were replacing. The biggest problem we had was the crappy shifters that were available, always seemed to be out of adjustment. We switched to Long shifters and quit having shifter issues. The other thing, is the way they were assembled was kind of sketchy, if it had been gone through by a good tranny guy they were really nice to drive, either easy street or hard on it. The stock units seemed to be pretty balky on the syncros sometimes.
runawy9 wrote:3600 lb chevelle with small block around 400 horsepower, 4.11 gears, and drag radials. The engine turns around 6800 rpm. The low speed shifting is what I was concerned about. How would it act in traffic?
With this tranny, I think your first gear will be 3.25, with a 4.11 you will be using 2nd to leave in traffic. We used to recommend either 3.27 or 3.55 gears for street/strip use, the high ratio first gear will get you out of the gate pretty good, and the 5th is straight through, so freeway rpm is still comfortable.
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