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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted February 22, 2003 09:49 PM  
i'm in the process of building my first hobby, i haven't been able to decide what type of tranny to run. i can get a powerglide cheap, where as if i go manual, it will be alot more expensive, plus finding a good tranny. any opinions would be appreciated. thanks

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 83
posted February 22, 2003 10:23 PM  
Hi,In my experience in order to run an automatic you must have low gears in the rear, lower than most cars come stock with. I have found 3spd standards for $50.00 all day. I run a 4spd saginaw(it was free) in second gear with a 3.42:1 rear, on a 3/8 med bank I wont exceed 6500 rpm. I have formulas to figure desired gear ratios and RPMs. And some tranny ratios.
Good luck

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted February 22, 2003 10:31 PM  
i figured i would have to some good gears, but the track i will run mostly is a 1/2 mile. i know alot of guys that that at this track run 4.56-5.00's, but mostly with manuals
thanks for the advice

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Total posts: 5390
posted February 23, 2003 12:28 AM  
If you can get a Powerglide cheap run it. No clutch to install or worry about. A properly installed and cared for (change oil\filter every 10-12 races)Glide should last several seasons in a hobby stock. also chevy gears come in ratios from 2.19-4.56 a hobby stock on a half gearing may be in the 5-6 range so with a 1.82 glide you would need 2.73-3.43 or so gears.

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Total posts: 784
posted February 25, 2003 08:22 AM  
Hello, other than reliability, which has more horsepower, a powerglide or a 3 speed that has first removed and 2 and reverse lightened (saves 13lbs) and a 16 pound flywheel. Does one have more horsepower over the other, does one work better in corners? please help

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