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Author Topic:   Has anyone seen an air cooled powerglide?
stevenwm
Member
posted June 16, 2003 08:12 PM
This powerglide my buddy says he has is a weird looking transmission yet he says it is a powerglide.

The bail-housing has holes in it for air and the torque converter has finn`s on it and the transmission has no lines with two different sets of bolt patterns.

Is this an air cooled powerglide and is it worth building to race in the hobby-stock?

Thanks for any advice.
Steve.


jammin
Administrator
posted June 16, 2003 08:30 PM
The air cooled powerglide had fins on the torque converter that cooled the tranny fluid, thus the holes in the bell housing. It did not run with a cooler. Alot of them are shorter tail housings than a standard one, with coarse splines. I havent run one, but I did own one. I think you could run them if you had a planetary from a standard glide with a long rear tail housing, because the splines would be the same for the u-joint as most other trannies we run. The driveshaft length shouldnt have to be changed from a standard if you run it that way either.

I hope this helps a little.

jammin


stevenwm
Member
posted June 17, 2003 07:40 AM
Thanks Jammin for the information.

If I had this air cooled tranny rebuilt would it carry the same kits as the other powerglides?

Thanks Steve.

jammin
Administrator
posted June 17, 2003 08:11 AM
From what I saw, the only differences were in the rear shaft off of the planetaries....I don't think there would be any difference at all.

jammin


stevenwm
Member
posted June 17, 2003 10:13 AM
Thanks again Jammin.

Since this powerglide is air cooled do you think it would stay cool enough since there are no lines for racing on the dirt that is?

Thanks Steve.

rico 08
Member
posted June 17, 2003 04:43 PM
If i was told correctly these only came in cars with six's and four cylinders in nova's etc.They may not have many clutches to hold a v/8,also seems like the holes in the bell would make them weak in that area,i'd definitely run a rear tranny mount.


stevenwm
Member
posted June 17, 2003 05:30 PM
Dear Rico 08.

I am checking into the details on this tranny.I would be running a tranny cross member with a solid mount.

I will post the results of my find.

Thanks Steve.

stevenwm
Member
posted June 17, 2003 07:34 PM
The Air cooled power glide isnt worth my trouble.I am going to get me a TCI Powerglide and be done with it.

Steve.

powerglides
Member
posted June 18, 2003 06:27 AM
We have been running a air cooled glide for five years now . Had it build for racing by a local builder. Lost a converter once but other than that it has worked great !!!


fastow
Member
posted June 19, 2003 09:44 PM
Steve call Bill
Bushore In Boone Ia. 515-432-8130 I have owned several of his trannys no problem and he seems always willing to help. Not saying the others aren't good but he knows oval racing well I think alot of guys see more of whats happening in drag racing stuff myself I feel oval racing trans is alot different from drag and pulling stuff Good luck


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