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Old 02-22-2012, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by fasteddy_1947
[I have a 1977 Chevy truck with a stock crate 350 engine and a 3-speed auto transmission. It seems to be suffering from power loss when in Drive. I drove the truck yesterday to move for the street sweeper and it gave no trouble.

This morning, the truck started up just fine, but when put into Drive, it had a serious loss in power. At first I thought it hadn't warmed up right and gave it more gas but it was more of the same. So I pulled over, shifted into Park, and gave it some gas. The engine revved smoothly with no issues.

So I shifted back into Drive and started driving and still no power. For reference, it was getting to 25 mph in over 10 seconds and there was no chance at going over 35 mph. It also was making a bhup-bhup-bhup noise. I tried shifting manually but that was of no use either.

I haven't had a chance to pop the hood and look at anything, but could it possibly be that the vacuum line to the transmission has come loose?

Thanks in advance,

If it was the vacuum to the trans either the engine would...

1. Idle fast...cause of a vacuum leak


2. the trans wouldn't shift until you had the engine up around 3500-4000 rpm

power loss like that, where it will go to one rpm and doesnt want to get anymore is an ignition/timing problem.
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