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Old 04-12-2004, 23:04   #1 (permalink)
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Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

I'm not too fimiliar with the bullnose toploader for bigblocks (I think that's what you call it.) so I don't know if it is different in appearance and overall size to the smallblock toploader.
I do know the shaft size is bigger and I guess the internals would be a lot stronger

What I was wondering can I make the the standard toploader fit and strong enough to handle a big block?
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Old 04-13-2004, 14:45   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

All depends on the engine capacity, output, and the intended use of the car.
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Re: Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

The aftermarket Tremec 5 speeds are based on the top loader but have a 5th gear added and internal shift linkages to make it a neat proposition. The TKO versions AFAIK are stronger than the bullnose toploaders.

As for fitting I think its just a different clutch friction plate.
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The TKO versions AFAIK are stronger than the bullnose toploaders.
Any idea what price I would be looking at?
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Re: Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

I remember seeing prices of $3500 for the TKO Tremec five speed, and that was just for the gearbox - ie, you also have to buy all the bellhousing, mounts, and clutch compontery to suit!
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Re: Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

i spoke to mal wood about a week ago...

*correct - swapping a tko for a toploader is simply clutchplate
*tko2's were $4400 and tko's were $3800 from memory
*TKO is a MUCH stronger box than a toploader

I'll be doing the toploader > tko2 swap as soon as i can afford it *chuckle*
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Re: Can a Toploader be built to handle a big block?

The only difference between a small and big block top loader is the input shaft. Everything else is the same.
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