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pulling out a 4spd and installing a TH350 in my elcamino. I got the trans from my brother and its been sitting a few years out of car but inside garage. was pulled out of a running-driving car with no shifting issues. I plan on changing front & rear seals along with pan gasket and filter. My question concerns the converter, how to go about draining some fluid out of it as its been sitting a wile ? and when I replace fluid into the converter should I have the converter laying flat on a bench of standing upright as it would be when in the transmission installed ? and about how much fluid should I add ? can too much be added to the converter ? Hopefully these questions dont sound too stupid. I am also adding a trans cooler seperats as my radiator has no provision for one. Should I pump fluid through it [its new aftermarket Hayden] and fill somewhat before hooking the lines to the trans? Thanks in advance for any info

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You don't have to add any fluid to the trans cooler and lines, or the used converter, even if it is drained. It is impossible to fully drain a converter without a drain plug or cutting it open, because of the shape. All the converter needs is enough fluid in it to not be dry, once it is installed on the transmission input shaft and the engine running the transmission front pump will charge the converter full and fill the lines and cooler, in a matter of just a few seconds.

Just make sure to check the fluid and add as necessary once you have the car running.
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