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Author Topic:   TH350 with a direct drive?
BrianW
Member
posted December 17, 2001 09:28 AM
Anyone even know if this can be done?

I know TCI makes the coupler for the powerglide's with a TH350 style input that when I called they said their direct drive coupler will work, but don't know what mods to the trans need to be done...

Is it as simple as dumping the pressure off the front pump with a dump valve?

Anyone ever do this?

Donnie Ross
Member
posted December 17, 2001 06:39 PM
tci has a coupler witch will work, just drill the pump inlet and pressure side like with a glide and use a dump valve.tap with
1/4 inch pipe tap or 3/8 use 1/2 inch lines.


BrianW
Member
posted December 18, 2001 08:52 AM
Excellent - So - have you done this? Did you notice a significant reduction in rotating mass (i.e. quicker engine acceleration?)

I thought it could be done but nobody could tell either way.

Donnie Ross
Member
posted December 20, 2001 09:12 PM
have not personaly ran this combo but it will eliminate a lot of rotating wt. making the car much quicker in acceleration and deceleration allowing you to drive much deeper in and faster off. why th 350 instead of glide?


BrianW
Member
posted December 21, 2001 08:39 AM
Well, I've got 3 TH350's sitting around doing nothing, plus I cna pick good TH350's up at the scrapyard for $39 (pick-a-part type place). I can't seem to find a 'glide for less than $250 (and those are 40+ year old stock ones), and the rebuild kits are about the same price.

Just thought I'd be a little different and hopefully end up a little cheaper.

Donnie Ross
Member
posted December 21, 2001 09:18 PM
I see, around here $50.00 is going rate for an old glide but they are starting to get scarce let us know how it works could be a good alternative.


rusty88
Member
posted December 23, 2001 08:57 PM
Well I have run a Stick shift and a power glid and the glid is the better out of the two coming off the corners. For next year I have a guy building me a glid with direct drive. If you would like I can get you his number so you can talk to him to get some more info on this. I will check back in a couple days if you are interested leave your e-mail ok.


BrianW
Member
posted December 26, 2001 12:24 PM
I'd like to talk to someone about building a Th350 with a direct drive. Drop me a line at ( bwiencek @ yahoo.com )

Thanks!


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