I like the 700, for the reasons stated above, plus the OD will return some half way decent gas mileage on the highway. As far as a rebuild, you want a 87 or later core, the earlier ones had design problems. I just purchased a 700 for my 34 project for $750. This was not from a transmission shop, it was from an individual that has a very good reputation in my area for rebuilding 700's for performance cars. He even provided the core for $750. If your transmission does not need any hard parts, such as planetary gears and such, the rebuild should not run more than that. I got a 700 with Kevlar clutches, bands, Corvette 3rd & 4th gear servo, Corvette 2400-2500rpm converter, new detent cable, new filler tube, new dust cover, and a switch to control torque converter lockup.
I could not find a 700 on the internet for less than $1000 and that was without a converter. I would suggest you ask around in your area and see if there is a recognized rebuilder that does them for rodders. I would be real hesitant to turn it over to a transmission shop, unless you are very familiar with them.
FWIW the person that rebuilt the 700 that I bought has a 70 Chevelle with a 572 GM Performance crate engine in front of a 700 he rebuilt. I don't think my Fastburn 350 will harm the 700 I have.
Last edited by 302/Z28; 08-02-2003 at 07:35 AM.