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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 02, 5:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I got a $185.00 check from the college for money leftover from my grants. And guess what i'm going to spend it on, a torque converter. I was looking through the Jegs catalog and found some torque converters. I guess Jegs must make their own. I found a Jegs one for $189.99. Downside is it's a 3500+ stall. What's the actual stall range on that converter? Is it going to be too big for me?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 02, 7:33 PM
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I know somebody is going to say it if I don't so it here it goes.

1) What are your plans for the car ie. daily driver, street/strip, strip only?
2) More info on engine, especially cam

Trevor I just looked through the Jegs catalog and found the convertor you're talking about. You say it's a bad thing that the stall is so high but there are others listed for less money with a more practicle stall speed.

I too am in college and drive my chevelle to school every day (when it's in one piece). I just switched to a 2400 stall and even that was annoying at first.

One more thing... Actual stall is dependent on the weight of your car and the amount of torque it has. Another reason we need more info about your setup.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 02, 10:48 PM
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A couple of comments on the converter.
1. You usually get what you pay for, so expect $190 worth of converter.
2. 3500 stall converters and 2.73 gears are not a good match, unless you have the ability to lock the converter.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 11:01 AM
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Trever, I'm way out of my expertise here, but man, the last thing you want to do is buy a CHEAP HI Stall converter. Stick with a B&M 11" holeshot. You dont want a inefficient converter, it'll build heat and cause premature tranny wear.

I remember a cheap Vega converter I stuffed into a 75 Nova/T350. Now that seem to work OK.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 5:09 PM Thread Starter
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My plans for it are street/strip/weekend/cruiser.

Here are my current specs for when the engine gets done:
383 Stroker
383 Crank
KB 11.7:1 Flat Tops(64cc Comb Chambers)
Chevy "416" 64cc Reman. Heads
-Supposedly Have 170-180cc Intake Ports
-2.02/1.60 Stainless Swirl-Polished Valves
-3 angle valve job
-hardened seats
-.600 lift springs
Comp Cams Magnum 292H- 244 Dur @ .050"
Comp Cams Magnum Roller Tip Rockers(1.6:1)
Holley 600cfm with Vac Secondaries
Accel HEI with Super Coil

Trans/Drivetrain:
Currently Stock TH350
Currently Stock 2.73 Open Rear
Stock Everything Else

Suspension:
Front: Summit Adjustables/Stock Springs
Rear: Comp Engineering 3-Ways/Aftmkt Springs
Everything Else Is Stock

That's basically the current specs.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 19Chevelle70:
I know somebody is going to say it if I don't so it here it goes.

1) What are your plans for the car ie. daily driver, street/strip, strip only?
2) More info on engine, especially cam

Trevor I just looked through the Jegs catalog and found the convertor you're talking about. You say it's a bad thing that the stall is so high but there are others listed for less money with a more practicle stall speed.

I too am in college and drive my chevelle to school every day (when it's in one piece). I just switched to a 2400 stall and even that was annoying at first.

One more thing... Actual stall is dependent on the weight of your car and the amount of torque it has. Another reason we need more info about your setup.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 02, 5:10 PM Thread Starter
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Are Jegs converters that bad? Just wondering, don't get mad.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 02, 5:41 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone?

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1948 Chrysler Windsor
Flathead 6/Semi-Auto
4 Speed Column Shift
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"Both Undergoing Slow Restorations"
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 02, 7:56 PM
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Whoa!

To much stall for that gear ratio (especially street driven)

to get the converter to not slip (assuming 3500 RPMs and a 28 inch tire, you'd have to be going 107 MPH... It will want to slip below that...


Not that it won't still move, but that slippage leads to excessive heat buildup, which is the worse enemy of the automatic trans...


And not meaning to totally give you a hard time, but you should put that grant money away for next year, etc...

Sure, its free for you, but that money is coming from ME (my taxes...)

I think you should by me some nice stuff for my car



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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 02, 8:09 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, but the grant money isn't coming from you. You don't live in Minnesota. And I can't control what the state gives me.

Back to the converter subject. Is that converter too big? I'm planning on putting 3.90's in the rear. The stall is what the people in the performance area told me to use.

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L65 350/M38 TH350
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