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Old 03-06-2005, 07:46 PM
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Rebuilding A Turbo-350

I was wondering how hard it would be to rebuild a turbo 350 trans. I have never done ANY transmition work before and I think I may get in over my head. I'v been planning to put a muncie 4 speed into my 1979 Camaro but due to money issues and the fact that I want the car to be together my this spring I'm planning to put the auto back into it for the time being. BUT with the cam I have in the motor I think I'll need a stall converter. ???? Cam is a .467 lift on the int. and .494 on exaust duration is 222 on intake and 234 on exaust. If I was to use the stock converter can I sort of kick the tranny out of gear at a red light to keep it from stalling the motor, and then drop it back into gear to pull out?

As you can see I know nothing about tranys but I think I'll tear into the one i got to see if i can do it. any comments or sugestions would help!


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Get at least a Haynes Transmission book and read it twice. study the disassembly and assembly. Keep everything in order as it comes out of the trans. Be like Indian. Look for signs. Assemble clean, lots of lube on clutches and bearings.
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What kind of lube? ATF or someting thicker?

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The easiest way for anyone to learn how to rebuild an automatic trans is to get the video. There are a number of transmission rebuild videos that work you through the disassembly, inspection, cleaning and reassembly step by step. That's what I did and it worked like a champ.

Just set up an old VHS player and TV by your work bench and you can use the video to walk you through everything. It's really a piece of cake and the $25 you'll spend for the video (there available for several different transmissions) will be money well spent.

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Like Centerline said, get the video. I have found that the Haynes manuals always seem to leave out some crucial information.

Be sure to have the right tools, a large clean space, and the time it will take you to do it. It isn't a difficult job if you have these things and the patience to go with them.
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Get the video, the Haynes manual, and an ATSG rebuild manual, this way you look at it from all sides.
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I say give it a go!!! I did my first tranny about 3 months ago. TH350. got the book, read it 2 times and went to work. Had a few bugs but a guy at Aamco gave me some help. Long story short, it works fine, shifts like a rock, doesn't leak and has about 5000 miles on it now. It was a little scary but a real boost to do it myself. Can't wait to do another!!

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