Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Sep 1998
Location: Mustang, OK USA
Re: M22 Muncie
At one time, an M22 had a rather high value. But now, I have some reservations about the value of an M22 for several reasons.
First of all, the M22 is ONLY a close ratio transmission, with a 2.20:1 first gear, thus, it is not idealy compatable with a high geared rearend ratio such as a 3.07, 3.31 and marginally with a 3.55-----------and certainly not with a 2.73!
Next, MANY people who prefer to have a manual tranny in their muscle/performance car, are going with 5-6spds which have a low first gear and an overdrive 5th-6th gear. I think Muncies (or other 4spds) are beginning to take a back seat to the newer 5-6spds.
And last, as mentioned, the M22 was ONLY a close ratio, no such thing as a wide ratio M22. But now, there are various gear ratio combinations available to convert any Muncie to a gear set that is more compatible with a high gear ratio rearend, such as an M22W gear set------------------which is the way I'm going with all my Muncies as time and funds permit. Right now in the 70 conv, I have an EXCELLENT rear for hiway driving, 2.73 12bolt posi. I recently pulled the M20 out and replaced it with a built M22W. NO, it is not a rocket from a stop, but once moving 5-10mph, it's great!!! And 4th gear with the 2.73 rear on the Interstate is just right.
Thus, with all of the above said, I'm on the fence about the value of an M22 today. If it will bring a good price----------------jump on it!
Right now, I have a fresh rebuilt M22W in the cabinet, with the roller bearing 1st gear conversion, that someone might be interested in.
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