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Old 01-21-2003, 09:55 AM
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I've been thinking about trying to use my old
powerglide begind the new 396, but some questions
arise. Orginally the pg was behind my L6. Can a
6cyl powerglide be made stronger by using 8cyl clutch
packs? or are 6 and 8 cly versions completly
diffrent?

Second, I have this spiffy midwest 3k converter for a
th350, Are there any kits to use a th350 converter on
a glide?

And lastly, Lets say that I can find an input shaft
kit and can rebuild with the 8cyl clutch packs Could
a powerglide survive behind and optimistic 450ft/lbs
and 460hp with slicks, or am I daydreaming?


I know a th400 would be a better choice but I miss my
glide.


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Sky is the limit on what a powerglide can handle. The money you can spend is also. I am thinking the PG and TH series share the same converter. Have you tryed to put in on? I personally dont know all the particulars on building the glide to last, but with less than 500lb/ft you should be able to do it reasonibly.

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Check Summit catalog. They carry everything you need to make your PG a fire-eater. Main things needed are a stronger input shaft and a steel clutch hub, both amazingly low priced. Also, like any other modification, put in a shift kit. There are many other mods you can do up to nd including a new high strength case but those are for the serious racer. Shaft and hub will do it for majority of engines. Use TH350 converter.
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Powerglide and turbo convertors are not the same and are not compatible, if you want that glide to live behind a big block it will take a lot more than a master rebuild kit, the only thing powerglide on the race trans is the case. just to make a reliable street trans you are looking at $800-900 in special parts.
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as the other guys tell you....money is the key factor.

A turbo splined input shaft is needed to run regular T-350/400 style converters. BUT it is not that simple. The pump must be modifed for a bushing for the turbo splined shaft or the converter built with a bushing inside that is not normally there!

The 6cylinder glide should have a 1.82 low gear set. They are the weaker of the 2 gear sets the glide was built with.

We have treated 1.82 gear sets with the cryo-genic stuff. Super cold treatment. This greatly increases the strength of the part.

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I am running a 6 cyl PG in my son's '36 Pontiac 4-dr sedan. Double click my Avatar to see some photos of it. The 1.82 low gear is great for this heavy car. Tranny does great!
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