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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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I have a few basic questions about "upgrades" to my 69.

1) Can you recommend good mufflers? I have a 327 w/ headers and would like to increase performance and keep the "throaty" sound. Gotta' hear that cam!

2) What is the difference between mechanical and electrical gauges? Why would I want one -vs- the other?

3) Does anyone run a B&M Pro Stick w/ a stock 69 PowerGlide? Is it an easy installation? Do I need a new tranny cable or have to re-route the cable from the stock position?

Thanks very much for any input!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 06:54 AM
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I can testify to the awsome sound of a set of flowmasters I promise you will love them. I got a set of 40 series 2 chamber flowmasters and I can hear my cam lope great at about 800rpms (idle) They are not to loud inside the car and have just the right pitch at about 4000 rpms they scream!! Go for em!!!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 08:06 AM
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A muffler change won't pick you up too many horses, but I have to agree that the flowmaster delta flow 40 series sound great.
I would suggest you toss the PG tranny if you have the money and put in a TH350. That is of course your camaro is super lightweight. It is an easy swap. This will make your car feel like it has picked up a lot of horses by keeping it in the useable powerband better.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Just out of curiosity...

Who sells a good 350 and how much does one run? (approx)
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 08:30 AM
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You didn't mention where you are from, but most major cities will usually have someone that can build good high performaqnce trannys. Ask several "car" people who is good - keep asking until you start hearing the same names over again and then go to one of them. You should be able to get a good TH350 rebuild and torque convertor for $300 to $500, depending on how many custom parts you want inside the tranny.

Supposedly, mechanical gauges are more accurate. They are also more difficult to install because you have to run the measuring probe thru the firewall.

Electrics are much easier to install because you only have to run a couple of wires. The sensors mount under the hood and are a little bulkier than their mechanical counterparts. With the advances in electronics over the last few years, I can't imagine their readings would be too far off the mark.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thaks for the reply gheatly.

I'm in Connecticut. Let me ask you another q, if you don't mind... How do I determine what stall speed I want? I'm new to automatics and I have the stock tranny and converter in there now.

Also, how hard is it to replace the PG w/ a TH300?

Thanks!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 01, 03:30 PM
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I replaced my PG with a TH350 that I bought from Summit. At the time it was $600 and now it is closer to $700 and is made by TCI. I also got a matching torque converter and flexplate. The swap was simple. Just make sure you get the 6'' tailshaft housing. Fit with no mods to the crossmember or driveshaft. The only thing I had to swap out was the trans selector which you can get for $5 at Rick's First Gen. The addition of a third gear is very fun.

The converter stall speed is determined by the cam. If you are running stock, go with TCI's "saturday night special," it gives around 2000rpm stall. If you are running more cam, then ask the summit tech guys and they will let you know what will be a good match.

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