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Old 12-16-2002, 07:13 PM
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i have a 86 silverado pickup with a fresh 300 hp 305 sb the transmission is now shot(th350 lockup)local tranny guy will rebuild with new torque conv. and shift kit for 300.00$ but he says the lockup tranny is no good. i cannot find a non lockup core to rebuild thinking of buying a tci from summit cost with torque conv. will be over 1000.00$ is it worth it

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That a situation unique to you. I don't think the TCI is worth it. I have built many th350's (well about 5) for under $350 and they still run strong in my friends vehicles. This includes the cost of the core $40-$60. Good rebuild parts are cheap but labor is expensive and you're taking a chance of failure if you've never rebuilt one yourself. Although I have never had a problem with a th350 rebuild, first 700R4 was a pain though.
I have five th350 cores laying around right now.
What it boils down to is you saving the money on doing the work yourself, if you have someone else do it it will come close to the TCI's price but you can choose a local shop and get immediate attention if there is a problem with it. Where as if the tci breaks you need to pay to ship it back for any warranty work.
I'd go for a do it yourself build or a good local shop.
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From personal experience, I would not buy anything from (TCI) Torque converters inc (not to be confused with total cost involved). I have purchased two race powerglides with trans brakes and both were defective, one had be rebuilt before using it as it was missing internal parts. The other glide had a cracked case when it arrived that was done pre-shipping because the container it came in was intact with no external damage. TCI would not warranty anything and also would not even return a phone call. I was lucky that I noticed the small hairline crack before I used it in my dragster. A front engine dragster trans explosion could have resulted in serious injury. I would steer clear of this company.
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I have a TCI TH-400 in my pro-street car and it’s been there for almost 5 years. Worked flawlessly right out of the box and I haven't had to touch it since building the car.

That said, I wouldn't buy another one. Not because they're no good but because they're too expensive. When I bought mine they were just over $700. I'm doing my own rebuild on a TH-350 for my hemi powered truck and it’ll save me more than $500 over buying a "professionally" prepared trans.

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$300 for him to rebuild it with a new converter? Jump on it! That is darn cheap.

I rebuilt trannies for 6 months while I was out of work last year. Keep in mind this is out of my garage, no shop, and I charged $350 for th350's without a converter. I could get them a killer deal on a rebuilt unit, but that was thier choice.

A lock-up converter trans will live happily behind that motor of yours. Your not going to make enough power to break it. But, if you do any towing that needs to be considered. Also, the lock-up will give you better mileage. have you considered a overdrive? You have the perfect excuse right now

Summit & Jegs both sell th350's for under $600 (house brands, nothing wrong with them). If the lock-up part of your tranny is the main reason you want to dump it, Superior Products (Fairbanks) makes a kit to convert it to non-lockup. This is very helpful if you want to add a higher stall converter to it. A higher than stock stall converter for a lock up 350 is very pricy, but its not if you have a non-lock up. The kit is something you add while rebuilding the trans.

Heres a link to some good affordable parts if your thinking about doing it yourself-
<a href="http://www.bulkpart.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bulkpart.com/</a>

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TCI transmissions are over rated and over priced. take your 350c to a local independant trans shop with a good reputation.Going to a non lock up 350 trans you will loose fuel mileage.
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