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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 01, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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What are the advantages of having a 700 when compared to a 350. Which one would be better?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 01, 12:13 PM
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700 has the 4th gear overdrive, great for highway driving. However, without being heavily modified, the 700 can only handle about 400 horse. Do a search on the subject, it's been recently discussed at length. The 350 would probably handle more HP, but you would want to build it up also. Just depends how much you want to spend, and what your priorities are.......KZ

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 01, 12:39 PM
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I used to have a 700R4 but kept tearing it up. I had it rebuilt by 2 different shops but they couldn't make it behind my motor. Got a T-400 and haven't had a problem since, just wish I had the overdrive with my steep rear gears. I could have bought 5 T-400's for what I have invested in my 2 blown 700's. And yes they were done by good shops with warranties. I was told "too much motor for this tranny" but I really didn't think my motor was that stout. Maybe now they have a little better parts to rebuild them with. Mine were done about 3 years ago.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 01, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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I want to know if the Camaro has an electronic speedometer, will it fit in a 1979 Camaro with no problem? Do they sell a kit that will make it a manual speedometer?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 01, 09:29 AM
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there are cable and electric for the 700 depending on the ap and year of the tranny.if i reacall the VSS for the elctric speedo is mounted ehere the gear drive for a regular speedo go's so all you need is the gear drive stiff and do a swap, that also mean's pulling the tailshaft housing.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 01, 05:09 PM
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There is a company called TPI which builds trannys. They usually advertise in the back of super chevy and hot rod. They had 700 and 200-4R transmissions that they claim will handle about 450 horses and 450 ft. lbs. However, the cost of their entire kit (trans, converter, trans cooler) is around $1500 or so, whereas a TH350 or 400 built to handle more power will run half that.
Overdrive is nice though with lower gears. I am thinking about going all out on the spending someday and getting a Gear Vendors "under/overdrive" kit for my TH350. That would make it a 6 speed semi-auto with overdrive. Sweeeeet...
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