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Old 01-21-2003, 04:01 PM
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Any ony have any info on Clutch Flight trans? I think they were built by Fairbanks, it was a kit to change over the TH400 tranys.Thanks Scott

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the clutch flite was to convert a torqueflite to a clutch, the clutch turbo (poor mans Lenco)is what you want, i used to have one in an old bracket car, built like an early type funny car, the trans was available from fairbanks or as a kit, being a po-boy i used the kit, you cut the belhousing off a 400 turbo and bolt on the special pump housing-adapter, then bolted to a lakewood housing, the pump was driven by a fingered collar that rode against the pressure plate levers, the trans used a fine spline 1" input shaft, that was the weak part of the trans. you had to spin the tires a bit at launch or the input would twist from the torque of a big block, had a half dozen of the things hanging on the shop wall , used to paint a yellow stripe on them and use them till the stripe went around almost one complete rev, the shafts were tough but notlarge enuff, otherwise it was a good reliable trans. I think i still have some six paddle clutch plates for one somewhere
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Yes thats it , i have seen a few guys running this set up with a lot of HP, One guy about 7 years ago run a white 80s camaro called pro-rock, so called street car, run in the mid to high 6s in the 1/4 fun to see off the line!! I was wondering if the set up would hold up in a heavy car?I like the thought of getting rid of the converter no HP waste other than the trans. the lenco looks like the way to go nowdays.Thanks for the info.
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i have a clutch flight tranny my dad had in his 41 willy"s gasser in 1967. it is a chrysler tranny based off the torque flight tranny, he ran it behind a 426 hemi with great results. it also had a small input shaft, he ran 8.40's all day with it and only broke one on the track, and when it broke he shattered the case also. i am not sure how many he changed during the week, but that was his choice of trannys on the weekend. this tranny has B&M stamped on the front. i am currently trying to restore an old 48 anglia gasser he had and i will be using this tranny. my problem is i dont have a hemi, i have to figure how to get it behind a 427 chevy i have.
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The Clutch-flite (Chrysler) and Turbo-flite (GM) conversions done by B&M, Fairbanks,Hydro-Motive and C&O helped smaller cu in drag cars to launch like a stick and avoid a bog of the line. Hi stall converters were the next step and doomed the xx-flites. Way back my friend and his partners had an Anglia with a small hilborn injected Hemi. It was uncontrollable with a stick trany ( given the name "The HOP Toad") they tried a torqueFlite and had a serious bog off the line. They went to a B&M Clutch-Flite trans and had did fairly good after that in the SoCal Valley area.

Moodeye777: Some Clutch-Flites used the stock bellhousing and just modified it, others removed the bellhousing, used a thick front block off plate/pump mount and bolted a scattershield to it. It sounds like you have the first. I'd contact B&M and see if they can help. Good Luck
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