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Author Topic:   Manual vs Powerglide
eborcim
Member
posted August 15, 2003 12:36 PM
we have gone thru like 4-5 good glides in the last 3 years went to a 3 speed this year.alot more durable and reliable


istock59
Member
posted August 15, 2003 01:57 PM
Depends on who you ask. I've raced the same Glide for 4 years now. It's freshened every winter with new clutches.


wizzard
Member
posted August 15, 2003 02:32 PM
Keep in mind that this is a low budget race class. This talk of power to the ground is BS. A Glide is not going to hold up as well as a gear box. How many guys drag a spare gear box along with them, while nearly everyone with a glide as a spare, and another one getting repaired. Thats 3 transmissions, the money saved on spares will be able to get you even more horsepower. And think of the races you wont be dropping out of because the trans let go.


Racer0
Member
posted August 19, 2003 10:19 AM
i'll take my 3 speed with a 2lb flexplate and 11lb clutch any day over a glide.

luke

towmandan
Member
posted August 19, 2003 05:17 PM
I agree with stock car 5.....Who out there is running a 33lb flywheel and 25lb clutch and if so WHY???? dollar for dollar Ill Keep my old 3 speed standards......Towman


Gene
Member
posted August 19, 2003 05:58 PM
Now here is some logic I agree with. A flexplate and internal clutch on a old 3 speed Chev, Dave builds them clutch deals (814 425 2639) cost about the same as a Glide when you're done.


Eljojo
Member
posted August 19, 2003 08:59 PM
Boys I got the flywheel off a Monza, had it balanced for use with the 406, had the local clutch guy fix me a heavy spring and metalic disc and run with the big dogs! Out about a hundred and a half$$$$$$


towmandan
Member
posted August 20, 2003 08:40 AM
There you go jojo......Towman


dirtracer7
Member
posted August 20, 2003 10:18 AM
Agree on the manual my reasons are 100% hook up and if your starter takes a crap at the track you can push start.Can't do that with an auto unless its old with a rear pump or has been modified.


66jj
Member
posted August 20, 2003 04:33 PM
Hmm, Bushore glides are running a whole season for everyone I have talked to with one.

A season here is 65-70 race nights.4-5 nights a week.

Bumpstart is a simple option if needed.



Raz_900
Member
posted August 21, 2003 08:46 AM
quote:
Originally posted by towmandan:
I agree with stock car 5.....Who out there is running a 33lb flywheel and 25lb clutch and if so WHY???? dollar for dollar Ill Keep my old 3 speed standards......Towman

Believe it or not there's quite a few... ummm.. less informed people at my track. We're limited to stock appearing clutch, so the internal jobbie wouldn't fly for very long. Although, if it were me with a manual, I'd be using a 15lb 153t flywheel and LW 10" Ram clutch. Prolly wouldn't be 30lb total and still look stock.

It's amazing how the guys at my track will spend $4k+ for a motor then balk at $400-$500 for the LW flywheel and clutch setup.



dirtracer7
Member
posted August 21, 2003 03:14 PM
We can't run mini clutches but the aluminum flywheel on mine weights in at 11 lbs. total flywheel and clutch= 30 lbs.Makes a big diff. over last years 65 lb. set up.


eborcim
Member
posted August 22, 2003 10:35 AM
From 2003 rules:

"All OEM manual gear-type transmissions must have a standard OEM case and must have a working single-disc clutch inside explosion-proof steel bellhousing."

eborcim
Member
posted August 28, 2003 12:42 PM
I use the ball-valve style. IMO, keep it simple.

I DID have my first issue with running a Glide this last weekend. Broke the starter ring off the flexplate in hotlaps. And without a bumpstart, my night was over. Next year, I'll have some sort of bumpstart....

powerglides
Member
posted August 29, 2003 06:11 AM
Powerglides, no I run a MSD Billet dist, with mechanical advance. Very lighte springs. Why?



powerglides
Member
posted August 29, 2003 09:27 AM
quote:
Originally posted by istock59:
I use the ball-valve style. IMO, keep it simple.

I DID have my first issue with running a Glide this last weekend. Broke the starter ring off the flexplate in hotlaps. And without a bumpstart, my night was over. Next year, I'll have some sort of bumpstart....


You can try and find a rear pump from a 62-66 'glide or they make devices that 'replace' the govenor that allow the apply of the band when the motor's off. Either way, the car could then be push started. I had an electrical connection break on my starter and caused me a DNS, so when I found a 'glide with a rear pump, I used it.




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