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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 02, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello all,

I'm looking for some opinions. I will be doing my PG to TH350 swap soon. I will be getting a TH350 with a trans-go shift kit and an external trans. cooler. The shop that is going to build my tranny will include a stock torque converter with the tranny.

My question is...Should I just run the stock converter or move up one notch the the 12" TCI converter that has a stall speed about 300-500 RPM above stock.

Right now, my 327 engine is stock. In the future, I hope to build it somewhere around 325hp with Vortec heads,Comp. XE256 cam,Performer intake & 600cfm carb and 1&5/8 headers.

This car will be a weekend cruiser/car show car and will make only a rare pass at the strip.

I know that I could go either way on the converter and probably be just fine. I'm curious what others would do.

Thanks,
Mark P.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 02, 10:29 AM
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I hate to buy anything twice myself. If I were in your shoes, I would be consulting with the converter vendor about what they recomend. Use your future modified end goal engine specs and application as the criteria for the converter selection and let them make the recomendation. Be sure to get more than one opinion as well.

Shooting from the hip, I would say keep the stocker and use the bucks elsewhere.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 02, 11:59 AM
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Call Contential Convertor in Los Angeles. Talk to Jim. He wont steer you wrong. You'll spend but you'll get a quality part for your application.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 02, 06:21 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Granny's 69:
Hello all,

My question is...Should I just run the stock converter or move up one notch the the 12" TCI converter that has a stall speed about 300-500 RPM above stock.

Thanks,
Mark P.

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Depends entirely on your cam. I not familiar with the one you want to buy, but if you serious about getting it, then by all means get the converter to match. The cam manufacturer is probably the best resource for that question in terms of stall speed next to an experienced comrad.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 02, 04:09 AM
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definetaly contact continental about your converter. i purchased the recommended tci for my car. after removing the tranny 3 times for broken pump rotors within 300 miles i had the converter checked an it was out of round at the pilot hub. $495 shot no help from tci, $489 from continental for a much better product. hate to vendor bash but buyer beware.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 02, 12:24 PM
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Choosing a convertor depends on a lot of things. What do you plan on doing with the car? If you are only replaing the tranny and don't intend to put in a more radical engine than the one you have, a stock convertor should serve your needs just fine. If you plan on drag racing or building a more powerful engine then you should consider a performance convertor. If this is the case they will want to know, cam specs, weight of the car, rear gear ratio, HP and torque numbers (if you have them), tire size all of this is needed to make a proper convertor recommendation. With your future plans I still say a stock convertor will be fine, save your money.(IMO)

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I would stick with the stocker until you up the cam.
Then i would look into an ATI converter becuase you will need a converter when you change cams.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 02, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the replies. I was debating between the stock converter and the 12" TCI with a slightly higher than stock stall speed (300-500RPM's).

The info. I saw about the TCI converter said that it would work with either stock or slightly modified engines.

After thinking about it and reading your replies, I will just go with the stock converter and get Comp. Cams recommendation on a converter when it comes time to hop up my 327. The converter would be easy to replace at engine re-build/upgrade time anyway.

Thanks,
Mark P.

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Cortez Silver/drk blue interior
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Now with Pertronix Electronic ignition!
Powerglide trans.
Ugly & skinny tires!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 06:56 PM
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I think the stock converter will be fine with the combo you're planning. Comp Cams says the 270Magnum (224/[email protected]) and DE275 (219/[email protected]) will work with a stock converter. The XE 256 cam is smaller than those at 212/218 @ .050
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