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Using a Jeep topload shift on a Stude overdrive

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  • Using a Jeep topload shift on a Stude overdrive

    Good Morning

    Since I finally have time to work on an extended cab project based upon a 63-66 station wagon body after many years of commuting to work (my current job is only five minutes from the house)I have been thinking about what to use for a light duty truck since I have a couple of OHV sixs and a number of transmissions.

    I had a thought about transmissions... I have a couple of T-86/90 overdrives down in the barn. Has anyone engineered a transmission to accept a Jeep topload shifter and also rigged a switch, say mounted on the shift handle, to manually kick the od in and out at a flick of a switch?

    I wiil be nice to work on the old Studes again after a multi year break


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  • #2
    Yeah, Jeff. the Jeep shifter conversion's been done numerous times. There's some small detail about modifying the forks I think. You could ask Ted Harbit. I sold him a Jeep shifter for a friend of his and he'd mentioned what had to be done to use it.
    As to the OD switch, I know YOU could devise something for that!

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    • #3
      I've done it many times, Studebaker plant 8 even sold it as a 'kit'. You need remove or cut out the side forks. ( I would just cut them off), than you need too elongate two of the end bolt holes before bolting the top shifter on. BTW, it only works with the 6 bolt top cover.

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