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When I bought the truck they told me '79 Camaro and nothing else. They also told me Camaro rear and it turns out it's a Ford rear so now I'm having my doubts. Can anyone tell me by these numbers on the engine and transmission what kind it is?

I have to buy the header gaskets so I need to know if it's a 350 like I was told. It would also help because I need to know what transmission oil to buy.
 

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Hey Carlos...it does look like a small block Chevy 350...If you buy header gaskets for a 79 350 you should be OK...As far as transmission I think Dexron 11 should do it for you...Check the bolt pattern on your trans oil pan that will tell you what type it is. You can take a look at it and google 79 GM automatic transmission pan and it will give you the type of trans and information you need,

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If you can turn take a picture of the trans oil pan we should be able to identify it. If not, like I mentioned look at it and match it up on the internet...I'll see what I can find for you.
 

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I googled it and it shows 2. Are you talking about the bottom oil pan or the bellhousing bolt pattern to be able to identify the transmission?? DIREGARD, I just read you mention oil pan.
 

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prh,what do you fly? r44 or better? sometimes when GM transmissions are built up for performance use,the build recommends type F. Or maybe check your local supplier as some of the newer fluids are compatible for ford and GM,be careful as there are some specialty fluids that are very expensive
 

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Great website you sent me to Ray. I tried to get my phone underneath and take a couple of pictures but it's too low. I also tried to find any other number but no luck.

I was planning on taking it into a transmission shop anyway since I'm restoring this thing from the ground up. It was working perfectly so is it worth doing that? Like taking it in for a pre-emptive oil flush & cleaning and replacing any seals or gaskets or whatever or are they just going to rake me through the coals with nothing positive to gain?

Vinnie I fly BELL 412 and before that MD902 NOTAR. I fly air ambulance all over the world. My last gig was Saudi Arabia before I took a job about 850 miles away. Now I most likely will take a job flying a Bell 407 for the next 6 months until they open some 412 slots again. That will keep me closer to home so I can continue the '49 restoration. I fly contract so it depends on what's available and how far I want to go to work.
 

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It probably wouldn't hurt, especially if it's something that your insure of. That way they can tell you what if anything has been done to it and specifically what type of trans fluid they recommend...cheap insurance and give you peace of mind.

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I would ask them to go through it...check it out to make sure that everything is with in specs. If you ask for a rebuild you may get more than your asking for. It also depends on how you want to drive it. If this is going to be a real ground pounder you may want at look at different strategies If its going to be a nice driver and take it to the odd run than just have them go over it and have them make a recommendation first. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy an off the shelf rebuild than it is to have a transmission shop rebuild it. It all depends on what you want.
 

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My idea is to use it often, not as much as my car of course which I'll use to drive to work every week and as my daily driver but when I'm home have fun in it. If I have to drive it to Florida then I want to make sure it'll take me there and back.

I know its working good but I really don't know anything about it and wouldn't want to get stuck on the side of the road but also don't want to buy a rebuild is this one is ok.

I'll go visit a couple of shops in the area and see what they recommend and compare. Thanks.
 

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FWIW I use type f in all my GM trannys. The only difference I know of is Dex has friction modifiers and type f does not. So, as I understand it, you'll have less clutch slippage when using type f in GM trannys. I've had a couple of TH400s with 100k on them without issue.
 

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Good idea...but it's one of those things that they wouldn't know what the transmission is like until they get inside it and check. I would recommend you talk to people that you know and whom they'd recommend. If all is working well, maybe all you need to do is have it resealed and put it back in the truck...always a good idea to talk to people and have them give you a reference. Chances are, if like you say it's working well, and for what it sounds like the type of driving you want to do, that the trans is in decent shape.
 

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One of my other neighbors is a mechanic and has his shop in town. I'll ask him who he takes his transmissions to when he gets a client with problems. I know he doesn't rebuild them there.
 

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Hey Carlos...when you get a minute can you tell me what type of intake you have...name and part number. I was just looking at the picture you took and it looks fairly tall...it could be just the picture but let me know, I may have more questions for you.

Ray
 
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