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Manual or Automatic?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by thomason_45, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. thomason_45

    thomason_45 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I have a manual trans in my truck right now. I also have a rebuilt turbo 400 sitting in my garage... I don't like the stick and i would love an automatic... but alot of people have said the stick would be better for plowing.... What do you guys think?
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Unless you are doing roads, auto for plowing.
  3. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Alot of guys are going to tell you to swap it out---I had an 88 that plowed for years (sold it a couple of weeks ago) was a stick with origanal clutch worked slick as SH*t. Its all what you are going to do with it and how hard a stick might be working all night. Ultimatly its personal preference! Plowing roads I'm with the other guy stick is easy no shifting select your gear and go!--But a lot of backing up and pushing does make for a long night!
  4. dubeb31

    dubeb31 Member
    Messages: 68

    ya personal preference is key, but it's also a good thing to have a stick if you have a belt driven hydro pump...usually they are slow so with the stick it makes it easier just to give it a little gas and depress the clutch,raises the plow a whole lot quicker...just my $.02
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Auto, no comparison. If you are doing anything other than roads, you are going to be backing up a lot, it takes longer and your left leg will get real tired. I used to get done plowing with my 79 3/4 with a stick and it felt like my left leg was twice the size of my right. I swapped in an auto, was a piece of cake, I bypassed the hardest part by leaving the column alone and putting in an inexpensive cable operated Daytona floor shifter I got at VIP auto. It had a nice long handle so I could work it without reaching too far for it. Worked slick, never regretted it. Just make sure you put in a big trans oil cooler, with a gauge and an electric fan. Must have for plowing.
  6. thomason_45

    thomason_45 Junior Member
    Messages: 20


    well thanks for all your input guys... it has definately helped me decide to swap it... so pretty soon here when i get some free time... im gonna tackle it... till then ill jus ride out the stick.... thanks again
  7. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    If it were me i'd leave it in there, really doesnt make a differenc to me, I wouldn't however put an employee in one of my trucks with a stick.
  8. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Both my one-tons are sticks. I've run mine for years with no trouble. We did a clutch swap a few winters ago because the people that did the last one cheaped out the $30 for the new throw-out bearing, which naturally failed...