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    Exclamation Need some help!!

    I want to put a vn V6 motor into a hq and hx ute but i dnt know what gearbox i will need, can i keep the 3 on the tree and keep the auto gearbox and put the v6 motor in or will i need a vn gearbox and replace it?

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    What engine are you replacing?

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    Is it correct to say that your priority is keeping the column shift?

    There are two ways to get what you want and a third way to get something good but different:

    1. Have the rear of the V6 block converted to the Trimatic pattern (as is sometimes done on Turbo-pattern V8 blocks) and retain the current gearbox.

    2. Install the V6 with its T700 auto and work it with the ute's column shifter (see how here).

    3. Find a donor VN–VP ute with column shift and transplant the engine, transmission and steering column.
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    thankyou very much!
    i will start looking for a donor car,

    would it be easier to keep the column shift or replace it with a floor shift?

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    I don't seem to be reading you right, Pete. I can't tell where your priority is.

    The easiest conversion, and the best result on the road, is to fit the V6 and its T700 4-speed auto as a pair. There is no good reason to keep the Trimatic 3-speed other than maintaining the workings of the original column shift.

    If you commit to the T700, shifter choice depends on what you want in the cabin. From easiest to hardest, you can have: the Commodore T-bar, use an aftermarket T-bar (e.g. B&M), adapt an HQ–WB T-bar, adapt the HQ–WB column shift, or swap in a Commodore ute steering column.
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    i would defo go the t700, extra gear is nice

    couldn't be too hard to work out the linkage, the setup minus monaro posted looks decent. Otherwise i would start with a B&M cable, mount it to the box as per the B&M, then just suss out a bracket for the column to make it work

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