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Old 01-28-2012, 04:48 PM
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58 powerglide converter rebuild help needed

Please help I'm trying to get my 1958 Bel Air 283 2sp powerglide going before my move to Arizona...

I've never rebuilt a converter and the trans guy I had the powerglide rebuilt by didn't want to rebuild the converter either (it looks pretty nasty inside) I searched online for hours n could not find an exact match for stock replacement converter... So i ordered a Boss Hog 34041 after calling them they assured me as long as my 283 and powerglide were stock it would fit.... well it doesn't n i don't know if they gave me the wrong info or if i'm measuring the bolt pattern to the flywheel wrong. I'm measuring the bolt pattern from center of each bolt hole to the center of the next bolt n it is 10.5" between each bolt on my old converter and my flywheel... the converter they sent is 9.5" from bolt hole center to bolt hole center....

My motor and trans are as far as i know original to the car and rebuilt to stock specs...
Is there an easy way to rebuild my torque converter? is there a converter someone knows of that i can easily get ordered quickly?

any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 01-28-2012, 08:39 PM
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cast iron converters are rebuildable the tranny guy should of went threw the converter there serviceable on cast iron powerglides
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Right about the cast iron Glides being rebuilable, ORIGINALLY. But, they can be replaced with an aluminum Glide converter. Redriil your flexplate, the bung on the converter centers in the crank. Or, get a later model 168 tooth flexplate with the right pattern. Just be sure the converter has engaged the front pump correctly, and the distance between the flexplate and converter is'nt too great; otherwise it can be shimmed with machined washers. That's what I'd do if I was sure the converter centered correctly on the pump drive and input shaft.
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more than likely, the 283 will have a 153 tooth flexplate.
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Since you are headed to Arizona give these guys a call they will probably have one ready to go on hand http://www.roadrunnerconverters.com/ been around a long time and good on price too.
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i opened up the old converter and it wasn't as dirty as the trans guy said... i cleaned up what gunk i saw and bolted it back up i also cleaned up the sleeve and it is now bolted to the flywheel. all i have to worry about is sending back that boss hog converter. thanks for the help!
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more than likely, the 283 will have a 153 tooth flexplate.
ALL the cast iron Glides used the 168 tooth flexplate; also the 3 bolt, bellhousing mount starter that requires a 168 tooth flexplate.
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ALL the cast iron Glides used the 168 tooth flexplate; also the 3 bolt, bellhousing mount starter that requires a 168 tooth flexplate.
i forgot about that... thanks
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