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Today 05:59 AM
bk2life
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
The TPI looks SO much better too.
its your ride, if it makes you happy then itís a job well done! LS motors are sweet, but I think many times the LS crowd forgets the sbc is still a great motor..
07-03-2014 01:39 PM
roger1
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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
. TPI 305 tech isn't much different than what is used today... unless going direct injection... I was thinking it should have the magnesium valve covers, but guess that was just 'Vette TPI 350"'s...
When GM came out with these in '85, I was very skeptical about them. But, I bought an '85 Vette and the engine was just great. I traded that for a '90 Vette and it was wonderful too. Back in the '90's I swapped in an '88 Trans Am 305 TPI /700R4 into a '76 El Camino SS and it was a really good combo.

It doesn't have sequential firing like the LS motors have so it's a little behind there too.

I hang out on Trifive.com and got a little flack for not going with a newer 5.3 liter engine. I thought I got a good deal on this TPI and transmission that only had 63K miles on it for a $1000. On trifive.com they told me I could get a 5.3L/4L60e for that much money. But, I sure don't see them for sale around here. The TPI looks SO much better too.
07-02-2014 06:40 PM
BuzzLOL . TPI 305 tech isn't much different than what is used today... unless going direct injection... I was thinking it should have the magnesium valve covers, but guess that was just 'Vette TPI 350"'s...
07-01-2014 07:15 PM
roger1 Got the engine started yesterday. The transmission took 9 quarts.

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Originally Posted by texastomeh View Post
roger1,
Don't really have any advice re the motor/tranny, but will offer that you should take REALLY good care of that little lady!!
Any wife that likes old pickups is a definite KEEPER!!!
Tom
I try to Tom. She definitely is a keeper.

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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
. By '91 the TPI 305 was a nice engine... nearly as powerful as the TPI 350... the TPI setup actually was better suited to the 305...
I've had 3 of TPI's before with one being a 305. I know the technology is old but I still have a love for these engines. I jumped when I found this one for sale with only 63K miles on it. I think it will be a perfect setup for what my wife will use the truck for.
The only things I did to it besides clean and paint it were to put a new timing chain on and upgrade it to Bosch D3 injectors. I already think the injectors were a good investment. This engine idles perfectly smooth.
07-01-2014 01:07 PM
BuzzLOL . By '91 the TPI 305 was a nice engine... nearly as powerful as the TPI 350... the TPI setup actually was better suited to the 305...
06-27-2014 11:55 PM
texastomeh roger1,

Don't really have any advice re the motor/tranny, but will offer that you should take REALLY good care of that little lady!!

Any wife that likes old pickups is a definite KEEPER!!!

Tom
06-27-2014 07:24 PM
dogwater Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
Just as a flush, your option.
06-27-2014 08:36 AM
stuarta
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
Thanks for the tips.

I tried to pour as much fluid out the torque converter as I could but I know there is still some in it. How much I don't know.

Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
If you did as suggested, place the convertor hub down in a pail, almost 100% of the fluid would have drained out.

Dump 4 - 5 quarts in and fire it up.
Run the shifter through the gears and add fluid until it is between the full and add marks.

No need to shut it off and restart.
06-27-2014 08:15 AM
roger1
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Originally Posted by dogwater View Post
I'm assuming you didn't get all the fluid out of the torque converter because there should be at least a qt. & a half of ATF in it before you fire it up. Fill the trans. up to the dip stick line, start the engine an let it run for about 30 sec. then shut it down. Then refill the the trans. and start it again for 30 sec. & shut it down. Keep doing that until the fluid level stays the same. I'd start off with 2 gals. of Dex 3. That might be a little more than you need but it would be a good idea to to a fluid change after a 100 miles or so. No additive needed.
Thanks for the tips.

I tried to pour as much fluid out the torque converter as I could but I know there is still some in it. How much I don't know.

Why do you say to do a fluid change after a 100 miles?
06-27-2014 06:34 AM
dogwater I'm assuming you didn't get all the fluid out of the torque converter because there should be at least a qt. & a half of ATF in it before you fire it up. Fill the trans. up to the dip stick line, start the engine an let it run for about 30 sec. then shut it down. Then refill the the trans. and start it again for 30 sec. & shut it down. Keep doing that until the fluid level stays the same. I'd start off with 2 gals. of Dex 3. That might be a little more than you need but it would be a good idea to to a fluid change after a 100 miles or so. No additive needed.
06-26-2014 08:03 PM
FranksGarage
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
I sold the old 235 and 3-speed for $150
Man that hurts. Just what I need for my '51. Looks like your wife is in for one very nice truck.
06-26-2014 07:39 PM
roger1
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Originally Posted by FranksGarage View Post
What did you do with the motor you took out of the truck?
I sold the old 235 and 3-speed for $150
06-26-2014 07:37 PM
FranksGarage What did you do with the motor you took out of the truck?
06-26-2014 07:01 PM
roger1
Follow up Questions

Bringing this back to the top because I'm within 2 days work of firing this setup up. It's been 17 months since it's been running now. Answers to my questions will be appreciated.

I left the fluid in the transmission until last fall when I cleaned up the transmission, painted it and installed it in the chassis. Here's a pic from last October when I did that:



I drained as much fluid as I could get out of both the transmission and torque converter. I pulled pull the pan and put in a new filter. I didn't change the seals, I had forgotten that that was suggested here. I'll go with it the way it is and deal with it if there are leaks.

So my questions now are:

How much transmission fluid should I buy?
What's the best brand of fluid?
How much fluid do I put in initially before firing the engine?
Should I get any additive or conditioner?

Btw, here's how the engine looks in the bay:



I haven't painted the exterior of the truck yet. I did paint the firewall though before installing the cab back on the frame.

Here's my build thread if anyone is interested:

I guess it's about time I start a project thread for my wife's '57 3200 pickup.
02-27-2013 05:59 PM
minipower I agree with rick... I am not sure or not, if it matters if there is ATF in it or not.. Not sure if having no ATF in it during storage will dry out the seals and give you internal leaks or not... For me, just to be safe I would make sure the ATF does not drain out during storage....
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