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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 00, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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I'm doing a total overhaul on a 69 Camaro. For the engine, I've bought the ZZ-502,502 with 567lbs. of torque. The specs. are:
502hp at 5200 rpm.
567lbs. of torque at 4200rpm.
9.6-1 comp.
Camshaft is a hydraulic roller.
Cam. lift .527" Intake, .544" Exhaust.
Cam. dur. 224* Intake, 234* Exhaust
Intake valves 2.25 stainless
Exhaust valves 1.88 stainless
For the rearend I've bought a 9" Ford with 3.70 gears from Currie Enterprises in California.
My Question is what would you recomend for a transmission and a converter for this application. I called Jim Pace in Ohio and they recomened buying a Hughes Turbo 400 with a 2500 stallspeed converter.
Looking for more info. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 00, 03:20 AM
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What is the car gonna be used for?

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 00, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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The car is gong to be used for the street not the strip. Cruise nights, car shows and just plain having fun. Stress reliever.
Thanks for the other info on the a/c housing.
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for fun, you can't beat a muncie, but the T400 will treat you right. You'd grenade a T700 no problem, and with that torque, you have no need for gears anyway. I'd still vote stick-shift!!



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Those were my initial thoughts Jim. Go with a stick dude you'll love it. Say a The Richmond 4+1 or a Tremec HD


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Thanks for the advise guys. I'll look into those units.
Have a good weekend.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 00, 07:16 AM
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if you go with a 5 speed, check out the Tremec, the TKO is the heavy duty model.
i still saving my pennies, but here's a gear ratio comparison:
Tremec 5 speed - 1st 3.27, 2nd 1.98, 3rd 1.34, 4th 1.00, 5th .68
my T10 4 speed - 1st 2.64, 2nd 1.75, 3rd 1.34, 4th 1.00
with this comparison, it looks like i could keep my 3:07's and get better take off (read buy new rear tires or smokem' if ya got em'), 2nd gear would be close, but a little stronger, 3rd and 4th exactly the same and then be able to shift into 5th and cruse 70 mph @ 2000rpm (it's 3000 rpm now). with the 3.27 1st gear and the .68 od you sort of get the best of both worlds, although i have heard people say that the split is too big between 1st and 2nd. with this trans you could run your 3.70's and it would act like a 4.58 in first and a 2.52 in od when compared to the 4 speed. i think you can still use your console with some shifter mod. if you go with the auto, I'd try a 400 unit with maybe the new overdrive/underdrive units that would give you 6 gears. don't know too much about them, but lately the hot rod mags have had a few articles. check the archives on this board for more research.



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Thanks Mike.
I've been reading all different articles, both stick and auto. A Co. called Gear Venders in Ca. has a unit that you can bolt up to the tail of your 400 unit and split all three gears. They sell it for around 2,200. I'll start looking into more of the stick option. The info you gave me in your write up is interesting. My friends told me in building this car to watch the money as you go. Well after buying the whole exterior NOS,exept roof(it came from a 69 trans-am), and doors(original), and then paying the bodyshop almpost 5 figures to hang it all and fix the floors and do one hell of a paint job on the car, the money does fly but man it's fun. I just want to get the right items. Your info is very helpful.
Once I get this together I'll send some pics. We're getting the A/C system in the car now before putting the 502 in.
Thanks again.


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Gear venders was the company i was talking about. check the may 2000 hot rod for an article on it.
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I'll ask my friend for the issue, they build the street rods from the 30's.
Thanks for your help.
Keep in touch, Robert
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