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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 104
posted June 16, 2004 12:27 AM  
I have no clue about powerglides. how exactly do they function, do you need a clutch pedal or a two lever shifter does it just bolt up to the block and flexplate. just wondering can use all the input I get

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 171
posted June 16, 2004 04:10 AM  
I'm not a big tranny expert , but I did run them before. From what I recall, you don't need a two lever shifter. Just a one lever with some sort of detent to lock reverse out.
As far as clutch pedal, that's what mine was set up for. Step down to get it going, then just shift to high gear. There are also "hand valve" operated ones that operate in the same manner, only you're opening and closing a valve with your hand to get it going. No clutch pedal required.
As far as mounting, mine was just bolted to the motorplate with no rear support. Reason being you didn't want it mounted too stiff or you'd bust the case for sure. Ran it three years, no problem. It was a Bushore. Hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted June 16, 2004 08:43 AM  
We just bought a new Bushore Powerglide for this season, ours doesn't use a clutch or a hand valve. Bushore has made them with internal bleed off after you shift to high gear.
All you do is shift it like an automatic and no worries.
As far has bolting it on, it has no torque converter, instead it uses a coupler, one part bolts to the back of your flexplate then it uses a splined shaft to drive the pump. Direct drive no slip.
We paid $825 for a complete setup from Bushore + $225 for a driveline, I would reccomend buying a good balanced driveline if you run a powerglide, a ****py shaft will wipe out a tranny before anything else.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted June 16, 2004 11:07 AM  
what about stock powerglides, are they the same as a bushore, I know some older cars came out with them, how much would a cheap one run

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted June 16, 2004 01:11 PM  
We use a Precision Powerglides Racing Transmission and it works great, no pedals or valves, high gear racing type. Low gear is just for starting out and driving around pits and pace laps.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted June 16, 2004 01:44 PM  
Stock glides that have been reworked are about $500. Contact this company here: and he'll build you a good one.

Cores are worth about 75-100 dollars.

Some companies build them with a lever rod you can pull that acts like a clutch. Others you just stick it in gear and give it a little gas and off you go.

I used to run them but got tired of breaking cases all the time. Some folks don't have any problems. But I know several that do. I broke 6 glides in one season.

Engine failures typically take the trans with them also.

All you need is a single lever shifter and a shift rod to connect it to the trans.
In the long run a racing trans like a BERT/BRINN/FALCON will save you money.

[This message has been edited by NJantz (edited June 16, 2004).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 169
posted June 16, 2004 03:49 PM  
We build our own powerglides,rig them up with a hand valve,I have found that glides of a mind of thier own,I ran one for a year and a half with a converter,went to a low gear buchore and a dummy conveter and broke both of them,went threw a few of ou r built for a tube and broke them,went back to ol faithful and set it up for a tube,and no problems.
I know guys that are on thier 5th year on the same buchore with no freshens and problems,I know guys that have gone the 10 glides in a year.

Although I dont have one,I think if possible a bert,brin or falcon is better in the long run,just the initial cost is alot if your like me and it costs about 2oo to do a complete glide.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 35
posted June 16, 2004 07:10 PM  
At $200 a glide you have a Falcoln paid for by now. And its only the middle of June with a wet spring

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted June 17, 2004 08:24 AM  

Tim Weiss
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted June 17, 2004 08:40 AM  
We fought starter flywheel and powerglide problems for years finally bought a brinn with their bell housing and starter just got it this season but I think it is one of the best things you could spend your money on

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