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Old 04-03-2006, 05:48 PM
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Which overdrive transmission?

I have a 23 T with a 69 396 BBC and a TH350. I would like to install an overdrive/lockup converter trans that will stay together in front of 500 HP in a 1800 pound car on rgw street. What would be the easy and cheap way to do this?

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700R4.
Handles the power easily with no special parts required, has great adaptablity in the converter area, and is relatively inexpensive. Good trans shops should be able to help you with various scenarios regarding shift quality and converter needs, cable, etc. Figure $800-$1500, depending upon your desires.
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I put a 700R4 in my 55 Belair last year and just love it. The only problem is with all the quiet in the car my wife wants to talk to me on trips now. Maybe I need a good sound system???
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I put a 700R4 in my 55 Belair last year and just love it. The only problem is with all the quiet in the car my wife wants to talk to me on trips now. Maybe I need a good sound system???
I don't have that problem with the engine noise, header hoise and wind noise. The car is better than music.

Will a 700R4 bolt up to my engine? What about a converter? Will the converter from a late model bolt up? How about length?
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I have a 23T bucket with a 383 stroker in it. I have the 700r4 trans and love it. You can get a stock converter that will stall at about 2300, but locks up. It will all bolt to your big block.
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I have a 23T bucket with a 383 stroker in it. I have the 700r4 trans and love it. You can get a stock converter that will stall at about 2300, but locks up. It will all bolt to your big block.
Great. What year and model converter should I look for? Sorry about the ignorance. The last Chevy I built was a 67 SS 396 Camero in 1973. I vaguely remember that Chevys were all the same bell housing. Mine is internal balanced.
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The 700r4 is a good choice. Have one in my 70 Chevelle ( its a 1987 ). I have a B&M Hole shot 2000 converter and the whole thing seems to work pretty well. I even raced the car for a couple of years with no problems. When installing it I think you have to add a converter lockup switch. B&M should be able to supply that. Good luck on the project.

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The 700r4 is a good choice. Have one in my 70 Chevelle ( its a 1987 ). I have a B&M Hole shot 2000 converter and the whole thing seems to work pretty well. I even raced the car for a couple of years with no problems. When installing it I think you have to add a converter lockup switch. B&M should be able to supply that. Good luck on the project.

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Thanks Joe. I think I will get my neighbor (he owns a trans shop) to start looking for a core we can build. Then a Kit from Performance Auto. should do the trick.
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Make sure your neighbor chooses a later model 700 with the aux. valve body. It will have a lot of the better upgraded parts compared to the earlier 700's.

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Make sure your neighbor chooses a later model 700 with the aux. valve body. It will have a lot of the better upgraded parts compared to the earlier 700's.

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What year should we look for?
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General acceptance of the "better" transmissions are the 1988 and later model years. (1988-1992)
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General acceptance of the "better" transmissions are the 1988 and later model years. (1988-1992)
Thanks! I'll put the information to use
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What overdrive trans to use

I build 700R4 Transmissions that will hold up with no problem to you application. I have them in alot of street rods and even a 550HP turbo charged silverodo The main thing is get a good converter. If I can help let me know.
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I build 700R4 Transmissions that will hold up with no problem to you application. I have them in alot of street rods and even a 550HP turbo charged silverodo The main thing is get a good converter. If I can help let me know.
I would like a lockup converter. Do you recommend any particular brand?
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