For the na/sayers.......... My 4380 Lb. Nomad Sta. Wgn. with the ( very mild) 468 and a 700R4 along with a 3:07-12 bolt rear gear. Here is what I do know:
MY wagon from a dead stop will burn the tires down ( 225X70R X 14"-Red line radials.) While doing this the 700R will shift into 2nd ( the tires are still Smoking). While smoking the 225-radials in second gear, When it goes into third gear it starts to bog down and hook up.
From where I mashed down on the throttle and the tires started spinning & smoking The Wagon has moved almost 50--80 Feet. I thought this was so much fun, Untill I talked to a Transmission Guy. He said a stock G.M.-700R4 will do all of this magic stuff, Spinning and smoking tires, Shifting through THREE gears and exciting the folks watching. Here is the bad news.
This type of action will work, MANY,MANY times " IF " you have a BUILT, BULLETPROOF, RACING TYPE 700R4. A run of the mill 700R4 built by your buddy or a local tranny shop with stock parts and pieces will die a horrible death when it is treated in a mean spirited, wheel spinning, up/shifting fashion.
I have slipped my radial tires on the pavement once or twice,
In 47.000 miles. I know nothing about Auto trannys, But I do know a 700R4 is VERY similar to a T-350 ( a lot of the T-350 parts bolted directly to the 700R). To me its a T-350 with an O.D. unit. This tranny ( 700R4) was designed and used in the G.M. line of = V-6s and 305-V8s. (low torque & low H.P. Engines) My 700R has over 47.000 miles on it behind a 468 Big Block. GEE, Willerkers!!!! If ya wanna dance, Ya gotta pay the band...........
Horse Power is a by/product of TORQUE. Torque will break things!