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Old 06-02-2005, 09:54 PM
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i have a customer with a 97 camaro, 5.7L V8 and she needs a new tranny... is it going to be cheaper and better in the long run to opt for the expensive high performance transmission? or should i just get it from a junk yard? im thinking of just getting the HP tranny and not even messing with a junk yard heap. so what are your suggestions on which one i should order? thanks guys

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:12 PM
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junk yard rule of thumb

take it from someone who has been on both sides of the bone yard fence
if you get it from the bone yard be prepared to do it more than once
if your customer is a good one and you want to build your reputation and dont know a local re builder that is reputable go with a jasper if they plan on keeping the car for a while
i had a re-builder that i had to swap out 11 trannies before he got it right just about wore the bolts out
but with a POS floor jack and all hand tool out and in three hours in the dirt by my self
you get what you pay for most of the time


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Old 06-02-2005, 10:33 PM
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ok cool... thanks man. yeah i really dont like going to the bone yards to get very much. especially when its on a customers car.. lol.
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yea, yea, there are many other places to get a tranny better than the junk yard . and if you are willing to over pay for a jasper tranny thats ok too. just because they state a big guarantee doesn't mean they are any better than your local shop, remember this its still rebuilt by a human we all make mistake's.
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I only like to do a job 1 time, and the old saying goes you get what you pay for. There is a lot of good rebuilders out there, you just have to know who they are. IMO I would go with a rebuild or a reman.

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There is a reason stuff is in a junk yard......cause its junk. I agree with the principle of using a local shop and keeping your economy local. Mail order stuff comes at the expense of families.
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ive worked a few yard that were recycling facilities and they will have stuff that no one else will have like back in 98 i think i dismantled 2 brand new mustangs one was wreaked on a test drive one car i dismantled had i think 27 miles on it @ time of wrecking like i said you get what you pay for and the yard knows when it has a piece of gold or crap
if you get the "sure we got it come on down no problem "
right on the phone without hesitation.....walk away clean that is a bait and switch type of scam what i do is call "damrons in crystal river fla 800.541.3011 and if its a part i can buy new or reman then i know what the price will top out at the are the high price leaders

"welcome to damrons come in today and be poorly treated by our under trained sales clerks. pay exceptionally high prices for a bunch of crap you dont need ..remember @ damrons auto salvage yards were not just talking about doing something about inflation were raising our prices "

its really a state of the art place but i think that is where they let out all the former insane asylum patients

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If you have a local rebuilder that you trust go with him. But keep in mind that you can get a TCI or B&M for around $1300-$1400 that is suppose to have all the updates done to it. You most certainly get what you pay for as long as you trust your source. Might look into Bowtie Overdrivs also. I have no personal experience with them but their talk is good.
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That or get a junk one take it apart study it ...put it back together and repeat...then after you do that you aint never got to worry about finding a source again cause you know how to do it yourself...roddding is a learning experience
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Sure, there is a possibility that you could get a "low mileage", "driven by grandma to church", transmission from a junk yard. I wouldn't bet on it. Cars are there either because they were wrecked or abused. Many times they were abused when they were wrecked.

If you have a shop that is setup for changing transmissions, and all of the time in the world to mess with it. Not to mention a customer that doesn't need or depend on the vehicle, you can try a junk yard unit. On the other hand, most people aren't in that position. I would go with something that someone is going to stand behind, other than saying " I have another one, you just have to clean the mud off of it, and it will be just fine".
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yeah... i'd rather put something in a car that i KNOW will last rather than saying "it SHOULD work" or "if it doesnt work we'll try another". after all, a happy customer is a repeat customer
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What i was saying is learn how to rebuild it yourself and get a screwed junk one to disect and study...but everybody has diffrent prefrences,
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i know what you were sayin goth... and actually thats not a bad idea. i wouldnt mind learning about trannys, but i dont really have the time. which sucks
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