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Old 03-02-2010, 12:49 PM
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Powerglide TV question

Long time viewers know me usually as an answerer, not a questioner. That is because I do mostly Ford tech stuff. A powerglide, as you know, is not Ford.
Here's the question. A friend that has a '39 Chevy rod he started in 1974( and some of you think that you're into a long project) and hopes to complete this year, asked me about the TV on his aluminum case powerglide. He bought a new/rebuilt tranny and 283 engine from Gratiot back in the 70s and they have maybe 100 miles on them( I told you it's been a long build). He doesn't have the TV connected and was asking me about it today. Unlike myself, he's a woodworker and doesn't have any reason to keep up with new developments, but I know that the powerglide is a pretty common brake light racing tranny. With the innovations that have evolved around the powerglide is there any he can run it without the TV hooked up? He doesn't have an original TV rod , I believe Lokar or others offer a cable one, but if he can run without one in his application it would be easier on him.
Is that an option or does he need to get a cable link for it. Is there a better way to adjust it than the old procedure? It is a gasser style car with a straightaxle with just a moderate 283 and 'glide. Street car only, although he may run it down the local 1/8th at some point out of curiousity. Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:16 PM
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Yes you need to have the throttle pressure linkage hooked up or you will burn up the front clutches without it, the TP linkage controls the shift point & kick down.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:55 PM
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Just go to a manual valvebody if the cable isn't an option?? That's what all the street and strip cars do.

I would also suggest a modern converter also, regardless of the valvebody used, if he wants the car to be fun and not just a show driver. Aim to the high side on stall, the 283 and glide will be a lot more pleasant if you do.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:45 PM
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IF the glide has a "shift kit", forget about the TV/Kick Down linkage. If it does'nt have a "shift kit", put one in it, and forget about the TV/Kick Down linkage. Butch/junior stocker.
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