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which trans for my drag car

i have 88 coupe with a 393 stroker
my c-4 was slipping bad last year and i have it pulled out

i am debating on having it rebuilt our buying another c-4 but a lot of the trans shops seem to really be pushing putting a powerglide in it

just looking for some ideas and thoughts
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What's your car weigh, power glides do work better with an air shifter or electric shifter, so if your going for consistant drag race numbers. I have a C4 in my car too, I'm afraid I don't have enough HP and I am too heavy for a glide? :?:

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id say the weight is around 2900 and it is a track only car

id say eng is 450-500 hp
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at that weight i don't think a p/g would be any benefit. plus all of the extra expence of converting. just my 2 cents.
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You can get some really stout C4's built. Dynamic trans makes good one.

PG is for all out racing with 600+ HP. And like Cindy said expensive for the conversion.

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why does it have to be a big hp car to run powerglide? My buddy in high schools old 68 Camaro had it, just a run of the mill 327 in front of it
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why does it have to be a big hp car to run powerglide? My buddy in high schools old 68 Camaro had it, just a run of the mill 327 in front of it
Let me clarify my statement for you. Yes you can bolt it to a lower HP car. but would it really be economical to drive around with a two speed trans? Sure they came from the dealer back in the day with them but in todays world higher gears work out better.....unless you have a high HP car for drag racing. No one is saying its a cut and dry statement.

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well this car doesn't dive around town

how is the swap that much more expensive

i have to buy a trans and torque converter

other that adjustment on cross member and different drive shaft yoke

and bell housing
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why does it have to be a big hp car to run powerglide? My buddy in high schools old 68 Camaro had it, just a run of the mill 327 in front of it
your buddys camaro would have been quicker with a TH350! the way a p/g works is that with the tall 1st gear 1.76 or 1.82 it "stays" on the converter longer. it makes the converter do the work, so it takes a pretty strong engine and a lighter car for it to be a benefit.
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well this car doesn't dive around town

how is the swap that much more expensive

i have to buy a <acronym title="transmission"><acronym title="transmission">trans</acronym></acronym> and torque converter

other that adjustment on cross member and different drive shaft yoke

and bell housing
more expensive......well yes what you mentioned plus how you gonna adapt it to a Ford motor. Either a plate adapter (the adapter plate, $200) or a new bell housing. The new bell housing is estimated $300 plus the labor to switch it over. How I know......I'm doing it right now!
The shifter gates are different than a C4 so that means a new shifter or new gates if the shifter offers! Not only the drive shaft yoke but the drive shaft itself because it will be a different length. Add it up.......cheaper to keep it a C4.

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Yep, without a lighter car or a lot of motor, a glide feels like you shut the car off when it shifts from low to high, :kooky:The ease of putting a single shift, air shifter or electric shifter sure makes for nice bracket racing, otherwise all those dang dragsters wouldn't have them.

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that is kind of what is concerning me weight and power

right now she runs 7.70 @ 87 with the trans slipping between 2nd n 3rd so bad i have to let off and get back in it




i wished i had weigh it before i pulled the engine and transmission
but i think factory coupe was like 3g so i figure at best like 2900 as it is striped down

here is my battle

powerglide

may slow me down but it will be bullet proof and with 450hp last a while

c-4 that is built will run faster with weight of car and power but just concerned about it holding up
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IMO.....a properly built C4 with 450HP would handle with no problem. Some of the guys in NMRA (Brian Mitchell and others) still run C4 trans. These guys running 8 secs!

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there are several companies that build C4s to handle 1000+ HP.
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soul search you want what you want id rebuild the c4 thats in it and bulletproof it then take the money i saved and throw some more hp to the engine
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