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4/10/10 7:51pm - Original Message: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Well team, it was a busy day at the Lukas house today. Put the Lukester up in the air real high on jackstands to start the TH350 to 700R4 swap.  (click here to see airborne Lukester)   (click here to see trannies side-by-side)
 
Went something like this:

Disconnected battery
Removed starter
Drained Trans
Unbolted exhaust and removed
Unbolted converter from flexplate
Disconnected trans lines, shifter cable and speedo cable
Disconnected kickdown and modulator
Disconnected e-brake
Removed driveshaft

The Bill (Per4mance) arrived to give a much needed assist!! (THANKS AGAIN BILL!!!)Star

We then proceeded to drop the trans and crossmember. Sailed out of the car without a hitch thanks to Bill and some very creative maneuvering!!

We then started the transplant by putting in a much needed flexplate replacement.

Then the new 700R4 went in. We lifted it up onto a jack with a square rubber pad and jacker her up into place. Bill is an absolute magician with a long extension and a wobble socket when it comes to bellhousing bolts!!!

I replaced the factory crossmember with a Bowtie Overdrives crossmember. The crossmember went in beautifully - lined up perfectly and they re-engineered the e-barke pulley location to keep it away from the driveshaft. What a great piece. My hat's off top them on that one!!Clap  That's Bill trying to hug the trans cause he like it so much!!LOL  (click here to see)

Took care of a couple of other odds and ends and Bill and I wrapped up for today. Off to the driveshaft shop on Monday to get a shorter shaft made up>

Things left to do??

  • Connect and adjust the TV cable
  • Mount Lokar trans dipstick (that thing just looks too cool!!)Cool
  • Put new trans cooler in and make up braided lines
  • Add Shiftworks shifter kit - it realigns the detent with the extra gear and they even give you a OD selector plate to replace in the console.Thumbs Up
  • Fill trans and roadtest.
  • CRUISE BABY, CRUISE!!!!Big smile

Stay tuned - I'll keep you up top date on how the rest of the Lukester's Trans-Plant goes!!

Thanks Bill!!!   YOU ROCK!!!
 

 
Later folks  Big smile  Stay tuned!! Wink

Paul
 
 
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4/10/10 8:19pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Paul,

Sounds like you two covered alot of ground today. A big thumbs up to Bill! Good stuff!!

I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say after you git 'er done. Hope the rest of this job goes smooth.

I've got a 700R4 being rebuilt by a local guy who has a solid reputation. I can't wait either!!!

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4/10/10 8:48pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Everyone I know who has done this conversion has had nothing but good to say about it Kevin!!  It's all about getting the TV cable set correctly and we're off to the races (in more ways than one!!!) Wink

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4/10/10 9:23pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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.....and two questions for ya, so far;

1) The new trans. cooler you mentioned - Are you going to have an external trans. cooler or will it be run through your radiator?

2) Do the braided trans. lines aid in the cooling process of the fluid?
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You're right. Everyone raves about it after doing this swap. Seems like money well spent.
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4/10/10 9:43pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Good Deal, Paul!! And you're right...it's ALL about getting the cable set properly.
I do have to question the choice of the deep pan on the trans, tho....looks like an easy mark for an errant rock, or dip in the road...


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4/10/10 10:14pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Nice job Paul! When you're done don't let that 1st gear get you in trouble, it's a neck snapper Shocked
I'm spoiled I guess since I've had a 700R4 all along. Too bad you won't be going to the show next Sunday at Stockton, would enjoy the ride down the parkway with you. Hope to see you in AC the following week end.
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4/11/10 8:23am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Kevin, braided lines and an external cooler.

Joel, I hear ya. The pan looks to be the same depth as my oil pan and have had no issues since I've been drivin with the new motor. I guess the fatal rock or dip will take out both of em if it happens Shocked  Lets hope that never happens...

Dave, yep, all that HP and I already have 3.70s out back. The difference with that ratio bewtween the 2 trannies comes out close to a 4.50 ratio. Goodbye tires!!!   Big smile    Notice grin!! Big smile   Plans have changed a bit for AC so I will probably be going down Saturday as a spectator due to some family things on Sunday. LMK if you still plan to go - maybe we can meet up along the way...or you can stop at my place and jump in Yogi the Yukon for the rest of the ride.Wink

Making lines and mounting cooler today.


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4/11/10 11:58am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Excellent Paul. You're one step ahead of me. Maybe I'll pickup a few tips. The wife wants to take her car to the gathering so I started pulling the top end of the engine off 1st. New intake and exhaust gaskets, a few adjustments, and when all is well I'll drop the tranny and dive into that project. I don't have the crossmember made for that swap but I do have the drive shaft, shifter detent and a few things I learned from Joel so here goes. Please post your progress, especially about the TV cable setting and adjust, it'll come in handy. Good luck buddy. (of course, with the great results of your efforts on your car, it doesn't look like "luck" has anything to do with it Thumbs Up)

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4/11/10 3:50pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Will post all the details as I continue Jimmy. Thumbs Up

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4/11/10 9:07pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Hi Gang, Working with Paul was a blast ,he had his toolbox set up almost like mine so things went real smooth.This little project gave me a idea. I have a 383 stroker available to me for dirt cheap, also with the deal is a 200r4 that was just rebuilt by art carr,this has me really temped to make this swap but i don't want to hack up a almost original car.Ya my vette has 100,000 miles on it and it is a little tried,but as the old saying goes "If it anit broke......." So maybe I'll keep a eye out for a project that is dirt cheap and make a c3 blaster.(Sounds like a new energy drink don't it?)Later all.....Bill                P.S. Paul it was my pleasure to give ya a hand,I don't mind working on such a nice clean car


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4/18/10 9:26pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Update:

Held up unexpectedly by the passing of my dear Aunt Rose this week.Cry   She's in a better place now and hopefully going watch over my shoulder to help me set the TV cable correctly!!Smile

ANYWAYS, got a little bit of work done today:

  • Mounted LOKAR Dipstick
  • Made mounting brackets for trans cooler and mounted cooler, with adapters for 6AN fittings
  • Made and mounted braided trans lines
  • Had driveshaft shortened 3" during the week and installed today with solid spicer u-joints

Ran into a minor snag - will have to cut/modify exhaust pipes next to trans - were bent to form fit around the TH350 - does not clear 700R4 on either side...RATS!!!Wits End

Whats left you ask??

  • Get exhaust system tweaked
  • tie up braided lines
  • Install new shifter detent and lens
  • connect and adjust TV cable
  • fill trans and make sure shifting correctly


  • DRIVE!!!

Stay tuned!!!

Paul
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4/19/10 7:06am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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So Paul you need to get this all documented and post it in SB as the feature tech article......cause I'aint got nuttin else........now I now what Dennis was talikin bout......okie dokie.

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4/19/10 8:20am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Will do. Once I can say that the transplant was a success!! Embarrassed

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4/19/10 9:59am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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4/19/10 2:19pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Paul - You make this sound too easy but I know this is above my pay-band...  Hey Joel, wanna weekend in NJ?  lol...
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4/19/10 8:14pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Kevin, more than happy to assist you when this is completed!! Thumbs Up

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4/26/10 9:42pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Paul,

When you finish modifying the exhaust let me know how much work was involved.

My '79 has true dual exhaust and it's going in for a 700R4 later this week. I'm trying to look ahead to how much exhaust work this will involve.

What I'm hoping is that the long sections of exhaust tube can be cut out and replaced with correctly bent tubes. (It's welded.)

Let me know.

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4/26/10 10:24pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Depends on how close your pipes are to the trans. I wound up having the collectors welded to 2 newly bent 30" pieces. LukesVette2010-04-27 17:21:41

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4/27/10 2:43pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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'Sounds like a simple solution.

Hopefully I can get down to Jersey this year and see the Lukester in person.



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4/28/10 6:48am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Pipes aren't exactly right but close - I'll probably get over to the exhaust guys after the Lukester is up and running with the 700R4 and let them tweak and weld to get it closer to what it should be...

You're welcome to head on down to lovely Howell NJ any time to catch a cruise and a burger Kevin.



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