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Author Topic:   Powerglide rebuilding tips
I-B-RACIN
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 132
posted April 25, 2005 05:35 PM  
what do I all have to do to a glide to help performance besides the torque converter I have to run a funtional converter but is there any modifications that can be done inside I can rebuild it myself but some shops want like 800 plus converter they say they hot rod the inside but what are they actually doing I have to stay with a stock valve body and it gets run in second so the lower planaterys wont do any think and its only 360 hp so I dont think I need a hardend input. I can build like 6 trannys for 800. if i can figure out what to do and then Ill just buy there converter or a tci dirt track converter.. thanks

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jdj9410
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted April 25, 2005 09:07 PM  
Use the steel clutch hub and short piston and put as many clutches as you can in it and still meet the free play tolerance (I got six in mine)Make sure transmission core has correct end play in the shaft before and after rebuild. Make sure band is not burnt and in good shape. I run the 1.82 planetary with no problem. Only need the 1.76 for drag racing applications. I don't use many aftermarket racing parts other than the steel clutch hub, a dedenbear pump gear and a bleed by reverse pattern valve body (modified has no torque converter). Got 22 nights in a modified 4 link twisting 6800-7000 since refreshing clutches (broke a reverse clutch then, it's a weak point). Tried the TCI and Cone solid reverse aluminium clutch, but they failed. I think that was because the grooves on my planetaries are worn. It probaby would have worked with a nicer planetary. Only problems I have had was breaking cases around the reverse housing, and that was a bent driveshaft, no fault of the transmission. A good reference for help is the HP Books publishing company's "Powerglide Transmission Handbook". The author is Carl H Munroe. ISBN is 1-55788-355-6. Got mine from Amazon.

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