I am going to try doing a budget TH350 to 2004R conversion (excluding driveshaft, already have that) for under $3,000.00. I wish I could do a 4L80E build for that.
Anyone know of good sources to get transmissions. I have heard about Jake Shoe, Extreme Automatics, Bowtie Overdrives, and Gear Vendors, but after adding on all the goodies (crossmember, cooling lines, inspection cover, TV cable, dip stick, etc.) it really adds up. I know that's all part of buying a kit, but is there any cheaper alternative. I mean I don't want to get a cheap transmission and have it puke on me a few miles down the road. Just trying my options right now. If you have a money situation, you would understand me. I don't want to compromise my vehicle though. It's for a 1972 Chevelle 406sbc. Makes about 435hp/450ft.lbs.
Jake Shoe sells a nice kit, but he sells out of them quickly.
Extreme Automatics is nice too. Just wish I could afford it and they sold kits.
Bowtie Overdrives is nice as well. They quoted me $3,100.00 shipped to nearest transport. Still too expensive though.
Gear Vendors nice, but I would have to shorten my current driveshaft 11" and I don't want to do that. Plus, I don't know how good there kits are?
Any advice would be helpful. PLEASE don't bash me on being a poor SOB.