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I'm putting 355 in my t bucket .planning on putting a 700 r 4 ,what year transmission should I use .I understand it was a problem with the input shafts.what needs to be done to this transmission ,or will it hold up to a beefy small block with a shift kit, It's a street ,weekend car.and who makes a reputable 2500 stall converter for it.

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As a suggestion before you make your final choices, measure the TOTAL length of the engine and transmission as it installs in the chassis. That combination might just be too long, leaving you with the assembly butted against the differential. My long gone bucket with a SBF 351W and a C4, even with the engine/tranny 4" forward, ended up with a 9" drive shaft - and impossible to set the correct angles.

As far as that 700R4 - not a clue.
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jag or vette irs

The advantage of a Jag, Vette or new bird IRS is you can run a short drive shaft and not have driveline angle changes.On the secont T bucket I built I needed a short strong Trans. I used a Packard overdrive, Synchro first gear, and short enough to get a 12 in drive shaft.
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You will have a hard time breaking a transmission in a T-Bucket. It is next to impossible to keep the rear tires glued down enough to put any substantial load on the transmission. There is a space issue as someone else mentioned. A th350 or 200r4 would probably be a better choice.
You will find that anything over 250HP or so is going to be wasted as you cant get it to the ground.
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To answer your question...if a 700R4 will fit, an '87 - 91 is the years you need to look for. Properly built it will handle anything a mild to warm sbc will give it. I wouldn't go too nuts on a TC, 1800-2200 would be very streetable and you could buy it locally from a good converter shop.
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In the 6o's when I built my second T bucket, My buddies were breaking the old Ford Flathead trans,,a couple A's powered by an Olds and a Caddy and a 27 T with a hemi.. probably a lot of problems from power shifting. I broke my rear hairpins, U joints, A 2200 # bucket, olds 456 rear, it would lift the front wheels off the ground. The Packard was about the strongest trans available that was short enough. After a few broken bones in my clutch foot. the one now under construction is a 350-350 combo.
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Just want to say thankyou to all the reply ,first time using this site.
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I'm putting 355 in my t bucket .planning on putting a 700 r 4 ,what year transmission should I use .I understand it was a problem with the input shafts.what needs to be done to this transmission ,or will it hold up to a beefy small block with a shift kit, It's a street ,weekend car.and who makes a reputable 2500 stall converter for it.
I have a 2400 stall in mine. Anything less and you will need to stand on the brakes at a traffic light. The car is so light that the stall speed will actually be less than the rated speed.
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