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Old 08-05-2004, 03:21 PM
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1980 Camaro / 700R4 Tranny conversion

My setup, 1980 Camaro Z28, 305 going to be 350 4-bolt main, but will be original.

I have a 700R4 Tranny from a 1985 Firebird. I have read somewhere on the internet that you can install these 700r4 trannys on older vehicles..

I am wanting to install a 700r4 tranny on my 80 Z. But I know there is something I will need for the Over drive to shift in gear. And my tranny may need to be switched, or what can I do to get this tranny in my car. I do know the size of the tranny would be different than the TH350 in it now.

If anyone has gone through this conversion or knows what it will take, please let me know.

Thanks for all of your help.

Juice,

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The most important thing you will need to hook up is your Throttle Valve (TV) cable, this gives the transmission signals of when to shift and how harsh the shift should be.

There are websites that fully explain this, and the proper geometry for each style of carburetor (Weber, Rochester, Carter, etc.) as to how to properly adjust for the TV cables' operation. One I found even shows measurements.

The only other major thing would be the TCC (Torque Convertor Clutch) lock-up functioning, several companies sell a kit that allows the convertor to lock up as it was intended to do from the factory.

There are also kits available to completely remove the TCC from the transmission and replace the convertor with an older style non lock-up convertor.

We have threads in this forum that some rodders have had problems within the first few minutes, or miles, and have essentially toasted a completely rebuilt transmission.
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