700R4 vs. 2004R
I am new here but I need help, information.. Here's the deal, I have a 1981 Chevy El Camino, it had a 350 turbo trans at one time but we swapped that out for a 700R4 which is in there now, rebuilt and all.. because everyone told me to go for a 700.. Thing is, on any G-body cars like this, I am told by the dealership and parts stores that they never came w/ 700R4, only 2004R, that the 700's were the overdrive trans for the camaros and such.
Also, the Elky was not originally a console shift model (used to be on the column), but we got a shifter out of a non-overdrive Monte Carlo (same type of G-body shifter as an Elky) except that it doesn't have an extra notch for all the gears (i.e. I should have overdrive, but may lose my low 1 gear) which is ok too...
But! My mechanic friend is swapping things out and I had gotten a camaro shift cable (700R4, right) and a bracket for a 700 that mounts to the trans for the cable. He says neither the cable nor the bracket is adaptable enough for him to make work.. I ordered a cable for a 2004R trans and brackets (2, for the shift housing and trans pan) because he said these would work better.
I told the dealership parts guy and he told me about how the 700R4 is not original to G-bodies but thought I needed the camaro bracket and cable because of the trans, but I told him we had these and my friend said they didn't work out. I ordered the 350 trans brackets per my buddy. I would ask my friend how he thinks this can work but he is the most cantankerous guy I know and does not explain things well..
Has anyone ever tried anything like this? He works on dozens of cars for people, so I think he knows what he can make work, but there are somethings that I question sometimes.
Thank u, fellow car guys!