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Old 09-28-2003, 08:16 AM
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I was talking with some of the older rodders of our town, and I was explaining that the next thing on my wish list was a higher stall converter for my firebird. Right now I'm just running a turbo 350 with a shift kit in it and a 3.08 open rear end. He suggested to me to go find an older vega and get the converter out of that. He said those were a smaller (around 8") converter that stalled about 600 RPM higher than my stock converter I had now. Does anyone else know anything of this?
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Old 09-28-2003, 08:37 AM
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An old trick, biggest problem is finding an old vega, most have been recycled by now, the convertor will give you more stall, but it's not very durable behind any kind of serious h-power. If you are going to have to buy a rebuilt one it's cheaper to get a street convertor from one of the mail order places.
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Well, good to know. Our local junkyards are limited in the earlier model cars and seem to want an arm an a leg for some things. ($100 for a used pontiac HEI distributor? Give me a break, I'm a college kid) I was lookin at some of the sizzler TCI converters and they seem pretty reasonable. The 350 pontiac in my car right now is putting out right around 400 hp and I wasn't sure how much power one of those little converters could stand. Okay, at least I know now.
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Guys around here are using rebuilt converters for Corvette's.

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