"a "desirable" trans"
Originally Posted by Supertrunk
Is this a "desirable" trans, or would I really
be hurting the value of the car if we swaspped to a TH350 or 400?
The boy has lots of ideas like "pop-lock" electric doors and trunk, etc. so we may just build the car he wants rather than a restoration, but if we are making a mistake, feel free to point it out
Thanks for the help so far.
- not likely...
Like I said earlier, they were eally a pain to drive. You have to watch your speed and select the gear you should be in. This would mean - shifting, holding your coffee (no cup holders in early Camaros
) pinning you cell against your shoulder and ear and then trying to steer with your 'free' hand between shifts in 'Stop-N-Go' traffic... You get my drift here?
This could prove quite challenging for a new teenage driver
If you also plan to swap out the L-6 for a V-8, then the Torque-Drive would propably be a very poor choice.
As stated in the replies, a TH350 or TH200-4R (or even a PowerGlide!) can replace the Torque-Drive unit with basicly bolt-on parts. Actually, in the case of a TH350 swap, it is almost a bolt-in, with only minor modification of the shift linkages and kick-down system.
The driveshaft will work as-is in these swaps. It would require modification in all the other options.
The transmission cross-member will require replacement and modification in all but the TH350 swap.
"The car is a well worn, original owner, job. My brother-in-law and sister bought it new before he left for Viet Nam. They've had it ever since, but by now it's pretty sad."
IMHO - this gives the car some 'provenance'
that would be important in the long-run to it's "collector" value - if it was to be restored to it's original condition...
If you aren't going to keep it original, and need to improve and modernize it to make it a daily driver again, it really doesn't matter where it came from or how...
It's your car, you can do what you want - don't let anyone tell you anything different.
It is very important to upgrade the brakes, tires, drivetrain and probably the electronics (in that order...) if you are going to try to use this car as a dependable mode of daily transportation.
The cosmetic items, like paint, trim and interior, can be done along with or after the other mechanical items are completed.
Only you ( or your mechanic...) can determine the condition of the original components and then decide if they need to rebuilt or replaced with newer items.
"The boy has lots of ideas "
- this is an inherent flaw in all of our children...
The best advise I can give is the 'words of wisdom' my father gave me - "lead them exactly where they think they want to go..."
You can take him to shows, go with him to shop for engines/transmissions/ect. (btw - there are several great 'Camaro friendly' shops in your home town! ) and read through all the literature/product brochures & information with him so you are both on the same page as far as what would be 'best' for your project.
Given all the right information he will probably make the right decision...
As always, JMHO;