I was curious if there was any way to synchronize the old transimission in my 56. It is a three-on-the-tree; "STD-3SPD". I remember a few years ago my dad was driving his old 63 ranchero, and he would always have to stop completely before putting it in 1'st(whe had to climb a little hill every morning that required to shift into 1st; had to stop all trafic behind us, totally embarasing).
I think it's annoying to have to stop to engage first, and would like to know if there is a way to synch the transmission; update it if you will.
A new tranny would definitely be easier than piecing together a transmission. When our local Dodge shop would assemble a modified racing transmission rebuild kit, it'd take a really really long time and a bunch of guys to chip in their knowledge on what parts were the strongest and would be best suited for the strip. New tranny is the way to go, just save the headache and work overtime.