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Old 05-03-2016, 10:02 PM
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Ahem ZF5/ZF6 cough!
Understood I should have clarified in an F150. Thought it was a given since we're in an F150 forum here, but you'll never know who'll drop in.

On a side note, I bought a brand new GMC 1500 extended cab in 1994 that came from the factory with an NV4500! Crazy. It had a TBI 350 and a 3.08 rear end. The granny would get anything I needed to pull going and the OD gave me 18 mpg on the highway. I got a great deal on it because nobody wanted it. I think it was a special order that someone backed out on. I've only ever seen one other like it.
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My 63 F100 had a 3 on the tree. I actually liked it because there was no floor shifter in the way to slide in to the drivers seat from the passenger side.
I think all the "extra" gears in transmissions are overrated. You really only need 4; 3 forward gears and one for reverse. One to get going, one for passing, one for crusing and one to back up for what ever falls off the truck.
That's all you need! In my 96 F150 I normally only use 1 3 and 5 when driving, don't really need 2 or 4 unless taking off on a steep hill or pulling a heavy load.

When I first got the 96 with the M5 OD back in 96 I hauled about 2500 pounds of tobacco 60 miles to market in the bed of the truck up and down hills on curvy roads, I figure if that didn't break it then any normal usage for a half ton truck should be ok, and so far it has worked just fine for 250k miles. What normally kills them is if the seal at the top where the shifter mounts drys out and leaks and it blows the oil out. The other thing is people trying to tow heavy trailers when they have 2:73 or 3:08 gears in it, just puts too much strain on the transmission.
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I have a feeling my truck was used for some heavy towing and it may have had a bed mounted camper at some point. It has a stout frame mounted hitch and air shocks in the rear.
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It used to be, back in the day, that manuals had more power and got better mileage. Or at least you could make them as efficient as you wanted.

Always liked having absolute control.
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Agreed. I like to control the truck and not the truck controlling me. I think I could still get a manual transmission equipped truck get better mileage than a similarly equipped automatic.
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That's all you need! In my 96 F150 I normally only use 1 3 and 5 when driving, don't really need 2 or 4 unless taking off on a steep hill or pulling a heavy load.

When I first got the 96 with the M5 OD back in 96 I hauled about 2500 pounds of tobacco 60 miles to market in the bed of the truck up and down hills on curvy roads, I figure if that didn't break it then any normal usage for a half ton truck should be ok, and so far it has worked just fine for 250k miles. What normally kills them is if the seal at the top where the shifter mounts drys out and leaks and it blows the oil out. The other thing is people trying to tow heavy trailers when they have 2:73 or 3:08 gears in it, just puts too much strain on the transmission.

I think the heaviest load I ever had in my 2006 was about 1300-1400 lbs of mulch. With 3.55's out back it handled it fine and I hardly knew it was back there, except on the steepest of hills, when it wanted to bog down a bit. If I'm running empty, I can routinely take off in 2nd if I'm on level ground. Been doing that for 10 years, it never hurt the clutch a bit. If I'm taking off uphill, then just to be safe I will go into 1st. I have jumped gears, but I don't usually do that while I'm driving. I try to drive it as gently as possible, unless I really need to get on it. If treated properly, the M5OD is as stout as it needs to be. Remember, it's a 1/2 ton truck not a Superduty!
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Nice Chevy Russ! Do you get a chance to put the top down much up there in Alaska?
We get some great days, these last 3 summers have had so many record breaking days it's been great. Which is good since we have two convertibles.

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