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It was sad to see the faithful old 22RE go, but while we had everything out, Marlin's team built Clampy a new transmission, which made the hurt go away. You can read all about it in "Tuffer Toy Box" (Sept. '08), but I can tell you that the old tranny was a weak G54 from an '84-'88 carbureted truck, though it should have been a W56. A W56 is better than the G54 and about 30 percent stronger because of helical-cut gears. However we eventually swapped in an R151F from a 3.0L V-6 truck that is even stronger than a W56, and used Marlin's exclusive 3RZ to R-series transmission conversion bellhousing.