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Old 04-26-2002, 12:44 PM
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the donor car for my 35 ford is a 81 chev caprice classic, 350 with automatic which has overdrive. I understand that the overdrive consists of a locking torque converter which is engaged electronically. The car is wrecked and not currently drivable to test. The person i bought it from said he was having trouble with it shifting up and down from the overdrive to 3rd. I plan to utilize a switch kit to engage overdrive in my streetrod. Would I likely be safe to go ahead and use this transmission assuming that a manual switch would cure the problem, or could the overdrive problem be something else?

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Old 04-26-2002, 01:04 PM
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Beetle9 click on RBBO transmission and rear end when that page comes up click on RBBO How To when that page comes up click on transmission. Good How to article thier showing step by step how to hook up the clutch on a700R4 without using a computer. Don't know if this will help you with your needs or not. Or you can get to this page by going to <a href="http://hotrodders.com/RBBO/howto/" target="_blank">http://hotrodders.com/RBBO/howto/</a>
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My first ever brand new car was an 81 El Camino Royal Knight (paid 13K for it brand new and the dealer was such a cheapo that I barely made it to the first gas station across town it had so little gas in it...and interest was over 18% on new cars as most of you from that era can remember). Anyway, the overdrive on this thing was always hunting up and down especially on any sign of a hill. I think this led to premature wear out of the lock up converter feature and may be related to what you are dealing with on your donor car.

One final interesting thing about my new 81 Royal Knight...the batter kept going dead and I took it back in and the GM shop foreman said, and I can still quote this after all these years "Well, these newer cars have so many electronic gadgets that sometimes the battery can't keep up". Unbelievable don't you think.....I told him to give me that car back and would fix it myself...turned out to be a stuck motorized antenna which was causing a battery drain....and one more thing (sorry) the first hard rain we had after I bought the Royal Knight I had several inches of water on the cab floor due to GM forgetting to put all of the windshield gasket sealer in....my brand new car was also now doubling as a wading pool......Scott
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My hubby seems to recall that an 81 Caprice should not be an electronic controlled tranny. I hope this helps.
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it also is probably not a 700r4... more like a 200r4 or a th350c/th375
my bet would be the 200r4.
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