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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 13, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys glad to be a part of the community. I've got some concerns about the new power plant I plan on putting into my 68 convertible. I've decided to save up and get the gm performance zz4 350 with 355 horsepower and 405 foot pounds of torque. I currently have a th350 in right now and am wondering if it's capable of holding up to the zz4. It's really the 405 lbs of torque that worries me. I don't know much about terminology when it comes to stall speed or lock-up. I plan on replacing the torque converter when I rebuild the th350 (rebuilding for use or sale) and have no idea what to put in it. The car is meant to be driven on the weekend, but being young I will be doing my fair share of burnouts. Would a 700r4 be a worthwhile investment (I like the idea of having overdrive), or maybe a 200r4 with a little less steep of a first gear. Give me your thoughts and opinions as I am sure I'll be owning this car for a very long time. It was a gift from my aunt before she passed away and I want to do right by her by never selling such an amazing gift.
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Welcome Cole from a fellow member just down the hill from you! I can't answer your specific question but recommend you post it in the Transmissions and Driveline section. There are folks there that are exceptionally knowledgeable.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 13, 09:24 PM
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With a heavy foot I think you could injure any of the transmissions you mentioned if they are stock. With mods any of them should be fine. I’m fortunate to have an auto trans guy locally who makes it pretty easy for me. I tell him what I’m doing and he gives me options and prices. Do you have anybody local that you trust with a trans or are you doing it yourself? I’ve used rebuild and upgrade kits. They were pretty straight forward but I prefer to let an expert do the high perf stuff for me.

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Welcome to the Club, Cole.
Correct year and just a warning, you will be gigged for pictures from other members.
Do a search in Transmission and Driveline and see what you find.
Your engine and trans combo will be fine, just add in a external trans oil cooler after the radiator cooler.

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