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long17
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posted January 08, 2002 02:14 AM
I'm gonna run a turbo 350 tranny, and i need to use a converter...what's the best "stock" converter?, and the best aftermarket converter?....engine will be a chevy 350, 300-400hp...nothing too wild. ....scooter


autoshop
Member
posted January 08, 2002 08:39 AM
Hate to do it to you autoshop but I disagree. The small convertors are cool in a street hot rod but don't belong on a dirt track. A stock convertor out of a heavy duty truck would be your best bet on a stock one. As far as aftermarket one labeled RV/Heavy duty would be best. On dirt track you want as little slippage as possible. It would seem that a "loose" converter would be good on restarts but the oppesite is true. The second or two that it takes for the loose convertor to flash and catch will allow your competition to pull off from you. I hope this makes since, if not let me know and I'll try to explain better. Kenneth


McGinnis
Member
posted January 10, 2002 07:03 AM
I agree with both of you .I've explained this once or twice before,I like the smaller Vega converters myself,but if it is stock just as red neck bubbas racing said It belongs in a street rod .If you can use the small converter take it to the tranny shop,one that has a converter fixture,and have the stall lowered to about 900.This way when you take off it will pop your head back.Due to the fact that your converter is just about locked up at an idle,when you do get on it your car will be locked up in no time And the smaller converter just takes less energy to get to spin,witch in return means better throttle response.


hughes
Member
posted January 10, 2002 08:27 AM
Stock converter---- I would go with the vega. Because even though there is more stall on the bottom end, when the rpm's go up there is very little slippage. Plus its lighter than the average converter. It all depends on the cash and how much you have, and what stage you are in your racing journey. I think you can get a Vega converter from AutoZone for $59.00. SHOW or GO !!!
Aftermarket- Couldn't tell ya

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tim gaeber
Member
posted January 10, 2002 08:59 AM
Has anyone tried a 350c with a lockup converter? I was thinking about using one and you could run the wire for the lockup from a switch and when you get on the track just lock in the converter. Has anyone tried it? I believe it would work.


gracn66
Member
posted January 10, 2002 09:00 AM
Could you use a vega converter with a glide? One more question is would the vega converter with fluid weigh compared to a vette flywheel and stock clutch setup? Thanks


racer17j
Member
posted January 10, 2002 10:06 AM
i have one of the lock out trannies but haven't run it yet i just unpluged the wires so it will not be able to lock up i was not sure how it worked so i figured i'd just run without it .thats a good ? tim i would like to know myself if it would be an advantage or not i need all the help i can get lol


redneck bubbas racing
Member
posted January 11, 2002 12:06 AM
McGinnis- Now thats thinking! I never thought about that. I might have to try to do something of that nature. Its still fits the rules, and gives the performance and lightweight. I have a lock up 350 in an old truck that i sometimes put around in. I too am interested if that would work. Anyone know please post, I'll try to get with Burt Brown and see what he says.


McGinnis
Member
posted January 21, 2002 06:48 AM
I ran one in a glide ,and I could really tell the difference!


long17
Member
posted January 22, 2002 03:30 AM
Thanks guys!......


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