Configuration Question - 4 Speed Tranny on Early (Feb) '74 (1 Viewer)

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I have a Feb '74 FJ-40, based on the door plate, as well as the Frame ID number and the engine ID Number.

According to this FAQ Info - I should have a three-speed tranny - everything else matches up...

1974 2F 4 SPD 1.999:1 4 Speed Transmission (8/74)
Larger universal joints & flanges (01/74)
Transfer shift rod notched for driveshaft clearance (1/74)
Rectangular RR brake lights/turn signals
RR lower shock bolt moves from axle to U-bolt bracket
Clutch changed from coil spring type to diaphragm (08/74)
Clutch slave moved from left to right side of bellhousing (08/74)
Cover added to timing hole (08/74)
No. 2 cover on bellhousing changed from steel to rubber (08/74)
Clutch release fork boot modified
U-joint flange modified for better grease nipple access (11/74)
Longest production run of any LC (9/73-12/74)


I am not sure how a 4-speed tranny got into my rig, bechase nothing i have seen indicates that any of the PO's ever did anything other than cosmetic changes. But maybe I am wrong.

Is there any way a factory 4 speed was available in Feb '74 (with the F & 1/2 engine)?

Thanks -

Chuck

PS> I know it was a long time ago, but maybe some of the older guys can remember this info ....
 
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its been a while i thought the 4 speed was available in cal before the rest of us got it not sure good luck
 

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a 4spd is a bolt in mod to the f motor.

what's the big deal? i'm sure at some point in time somebody probably needed to do a clutch job on it, that would have been a perfect time to do the swap.
 
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Hey Rocky, Im not sure if this will help you much since my rig is from later in 74, november to be exact. But as far as I can tell mine is stock and it has the 4 speed transmission hooked up to the F & 1/2 as well. My truck is from here in California as well so I believe that your transmission is probably stock. But, I cannot say for sure since I wasnt exactly alive in 1974. I am pretty sure my parents had just graduated highschool actually :whoops: . But, like I said everything on my truck is stock, well except the windshield frame and one of the fenders, left overs from the PO's barrel roll after a party in tahoe. Good luck tracking down the information.

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They had them in the 40's for the 74 models, I have seen a few that date late 73 that had the for speed but were 74 models. People say it is a myth that early 4 speed had a three speed tcase behind it but my 74 in FAQ I had the 3 speed case be hind my 4 speed.
 
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Rocky, which side of the BH is the slave on? I think the early 4 speeds had it on the driver's side. Since '74 was a transition year, I'll bet it is stock configuration. Lotsa weird s*** happens in transition years.

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i have a brochure that says it was an option in 74' I think it was about $125.00 extra .I'll have to check to make sure. The t-case is probably a 3spd case with a transitional gear 16 spline input w/the lower ratio gear set.
 
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My Slave Cylinder is on the Drivers (Left). It seems like the four-speed would be worth the extra $125 (although that was a lot of money in those days!).

Anyway - thanks for the responses. I was just curious about this.

Rocky
 
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Mine came with a 4 speed. 1974, production date- 12, 1973. This era used a "transition" T case with low gears somewhere between the 3 and later 4 speed T cases. I am fairly certain that everything that came with mine was factory.
 

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It is no great mystery. The 1974 model year started in September of 1973. That is when the taillights changed from round to 3 color rectangle and full rod linkage was introduced for the carburetor. The 4 speed was offered at the same time.

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Mark A.
 

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