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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted January 02, 2001 09:18 AM
I'm a new driver this coming year and have a question about my car. It's an '81 Cutlass I bought minus motor after being raced for one year. The transmission that came with the car is a turbo 350 with the passing gear cable pulled out and clamped so it stays in low. This does not seem right to me but this car won many races. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have spent most of my budget and would like to use this transmission if I can. The car has a 300 rear gear and an extra 275 gear set and will be running on 1/4 and 3/8 high banked dirt. I was told to use high gear in the tranny and a 600 rear gear. Thanks for any help.

[This message has been edited by Webb56 (edited January 03, 2001).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted January 02, 2001 07:14 PM
Clamping the passing gear cable wont hold the transmission in low. Your best bet is to invest in a good shift kit and tailor it for your particular type of use. Remember heat kills an automatic in a short time, so use a good cooler. Your gonna be amazed at the modifications needed inorder for your transmission to perform correctly. Clamping the cable is a good way to destroy your transmission and cause problems. Do it right and save yourself alot of headaches, get a shift kit.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted January 03, 2001 05:58 PM
Myself and some others run the turbo 350's with success in our Factory-Stocks. I run mine in 2nd with a 410 rear gear for a 1/3 mile dirt track. The guys with the Glides run in low with a 342 gear. I think most of the guys running the Super Stock's run the Glides. The guy that finished second in points for the Factory's has run his TH350 for 3 seasons he says. Definitely run a nice big cooler for it. The kick-down is plugged and no modulator. I had the good red racing clutches installed with a HD seal and a 2500 stahl IMCA converter. I was told not to run Valvoline tranny fluid either, I guess it foams pretty easily.

[This message has been edited by xcessivespeed (edited January 03, 2001).]

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