Originally Posted by Chevyman87
So I finally got my truck running again and now I've got a question. Ive got an 88 c1500 that I swapped the 350 SBC for a 1995 model 350 SBC and a new TH350 transmission. The truck originally had a 700r4 transmission in it but it went bad so I just put in a 350 turbo tranny. Now, I knew that I had to had some type of vacuum source for the modulator valve on the tranny so I spliced into a line that was running out the back of the throttle body (TBI) to the MAP sensor. After filling up the trans, I ran my truck and it runs good. I bought a 2300-2600 stall converter to put in the tranny also. So here's my question: my friends and I have noticed that when pulling from a stopped position, it almost seems like my truck hesitates, almost like sluggish. But once it gets goin (35 mph-up) it does good. If I let off the gas and hit again while it's cruising, I can feel a kick from the transmission. So I wonder, is there a problem with the vacuum source? Maybe a better source elsewhere? I noticed there is an additional hookup on the MAP sensor that says "vent" can I tap into that? How can I improve the sluggish take-off? I've seen posts from other people who say that they have my same transmission and it chirps the tires on their vehicles between gears, how can I get that same effect out of my truck? This truck beat an IROC-Z in the past with only an upgraded ignition system (MSD cap and wires, performance ignition coil, platinum plugs) and know I can't do that now.
Do not use the MAP sensor vent, it has to be open to atmosphere.
Any manifold (full time) vacuum source will work for the modulator. I usually try not to use a "Y" off of a vacuum port to supply two devices, but it's not taboo to do so.
You didn't say if you're using an ECM or not, so are you? If no computer and if you have a 'normal' distributor, the timing curve needs to be set up correctly.
The '95 engine was made for torque if it was a TBI truck application. It should run OK, though- especially down low in the rpm range. But not knowing what cam, etc. was in the first engine compared to what you have now, I can't say what the difference in performance between the two may be. I recall you saying in earlier threads you have a Vortec engine '96-up), and that you've had all sorts of issues w/the TH350 trans. You might have a bad rebuild on the tranny.
Generally speaking, a looser torque converter takes the "bite" out of gear changes, especially at less than WOT.
The sluggishness off the line could be accelerator pump-related (if you have a carb), or timing related (if you have a distributor w/o ECM). You cannot use a computer controlled distributor w/o the computer and expect good performance. I'll wait for details before going deeper.