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Old 02-08-2005, 01:40 PM
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please recommend me a stall converter

i'll be in the market for a performance stall converter pretty soon and i was wondering if you guys could steer me in the right direction on what to get. i'll start by listing my vehicle and setup:

VEHICLE AND WEIGHT:'82 s10 pickup, 2200 lbs stock
MOTOR: 283 c.i. small block bored .30 over, 270 duration camshaft, 600cfm edelbrock carb, edelbrock performer manifold, '69 'vette heads with 64cc chambers, 1.94 valves, comp cams 1.5 magnum roller rockers, double roller timing chain, hypertech h.e.i. w/aurora wires, headers, k&n, etc.
TRANNY:Turbo 350 w/b&m stage 2 shiftkit, also running a small tranny cooler mounted up front by the rad. Unsure of current stall.
REAR GEAR:3.73

This truck is used as a daily driver 9 months out of the year so reliability is very important to me (i dont want to go roasting tranny's), but i do feel this setup is in need of a performance stall converter. Seeing as how 283's are known for high rpm and not low rpm torque and that the camshaft, carb, etc. contributes to this, the truck doesnt really do much until about 2500 rpm (a little doggy down low, even with the 3.7's). once it hits 2500 rpm it starts to pull and really starts to sing around 3500rpm. basically what im asking is how high of a stall i can get away with to get this thing launching better but not burn up my tranny driving around town. it is driven about 75% town driving and 25% highway. highway cruise rpm is about 2800 rpm with my tire and rim combo (16's with 265/50's). so keeping in mind the truck does already have a small tranny cooler and lookign at my setup, how high of a stall do you think i can safely run?? is there any particular converter you would recommend for me??
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Old 02-08-2005, 02:21 PM
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put a 2500 in it. A 2000 would probably be enough, but honestly I think you'd be happy with a 2500 unit. I have one and I hardly notice it driving around town unless I lay into it.

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Run a good Trans cooler
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how do i know how good the trans cooler is that i have right now? how big does a decent one measure out too? when i say i have a small one im only saying that because it is small in comparison to, say, the radiator, but i really have no experience with these and dont know how big a good one is.
also keep the stall recommendations commin. thanks
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Install a tranny temp guage.
That will let you know.

180-200 is what you want. most 4-6 row cooler's mounted in front of the rad will work. If you don't use the radiator cooler in conjunction with the exturnal might want to get a larger on to compensate if you do alot of street time.

I'd consult a knowledgable trans builder (one who race's) as he'll have a better than good recomendation as to the stall & cooler based on what YOUR combination is.
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I use the B&M Holeshot. I use the stall recommended by the cam manufacturer.
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:41 AM
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I would also say that about a 2200 but ask the people you are buying it from, they are the experts. Also you may want to run your truck across a scale. I think you will find it is closer to 3000# if it is all stock.
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