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4/28/10 7:42pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Hey Luke,this would be a great time for some of them HOT sidepipes ClapThumbs Up

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4/28/10 7:46pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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5/8/10 4:02pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Set up and adjusted the TV cable> If anyone is doing this conversion, I highly recommend the TV cable set up that Bowtie Overdrive sells. They include the cable, carb bracket and all necessary hardware. Another really nice product from these folks. I actually kinked the cable that came with the kit and called them for another and they sent it to me for free!  Really great folks Thumbs Up

Filled the trans with 6 quarts (deep pan takes an extra 2 qts) and ready to start and add the remaining fluid. Should be running later tonight.

Currently doing my chores so I can play with the Lukester later. I'm power-washing everything that doesn't move!!! Shocked  Well almost everything Wink

Last but not least, I need to take the console apart to install the shifter conversion, but that's not necessary to get the Lukester up and running...

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5/10/10 10:08pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1979 T-Top, Metallic Green ZZ4 350/355 hp 405 ft/lbs torque Dual Spal Fans 700R4 4 Spd O/D Transmission 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition

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Yeah, I struggled with the TV for a LOOOONG time til I got it right...

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5/10/10 11:17pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Well...don't look now, but the Lukemaster is learning that!!



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5/11/10 8:08am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Yeppir, the factory setting that you'll read all about is as Dr Joel told me yesterday, just a starting point. At the baseline setting, she was shifting 1/2 way early as well as 2/3 and 2/3 was doing some funky stuff under medium acceleration...Confused
 
Well, I wound up feeding half the adjustment back (adding back TV pressure) and the response was immediate and smile provoking.Big smile   I got another 10 MPH out of the 1/2 shift and she "barked" (not chirped) the tires.   2/3 will give you a minor case of whiplash and 3/OD is smooth and she humms along at about 1600 RPM at 60 MPH!! Clap
 
Joel, as always, U DA MAN!!! Thumbs Up  Thanks for your advice yesterday - you nailed it!!
 
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5/11/10 1:18pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Glad that was all it was, Luke-guy!!!Clap
Paul, another thing you might notice is, if you put the shifter into 3rd gear instead of O/D, the 2-3 shift will be even firmer. That depends on what all the guy did to the valve body, but it's a neat thing, since it allows for a little smoother shift when leaving it in O/D for "normal" driving, but if ya wanna romp on it, put it down into 3rd, and then shift it manually into O/D.


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5/11/10 2:31pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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That has to do with the lock up?

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5/11/10 11:11pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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....uh...no...
Has nothing to do with lockup. Just saying that depending on what was done to the VB, the shifts 1-2-3 will be firmer if the shifter is left in 3rd, instead of O/D position. It really doesn't make a lot of difference, it's just something I have discovered on my own.
The lock-up function would not be affected at all by it.


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5/12/10 7:03am - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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I'm in the process of edgamacatin myself on the lock up converters. But I hear ya on leaving it in third. It's like having a TH350 and a 700R4 in the same case!! Thumbs Up

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5/12/10 3:49pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Hey Paul,

In reference to the RPM's, what ratio is your rear diff? Is it stock or did you change it in anticipation of the 700R4?

Did the 79's all have the same ratio from the factory?

I'm gettin' a little "edgmacatin" here meself.
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5/12/10 6:49pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Had 3.55s in it but changed em out for 3.70s a while ago. 3.55s were very typical in 79.

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5/12/10 8:59pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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1978 Silver Anniversary Paint w/Mahogany Interior

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Wow Luke - thanks for the post.  Frank has been online checking out Bowtie Overdrives as a project for the little lady this year...it's awful taxing on the highway & she's not getting any younger.  Sounds like you were happy with everything you got from Bowtie.  Did they have a kit to go with the tranny, or did you have to purchase everything "a la carte"?  Let us know - he's reaaaaaally interested.  Sounds like the Lukester is going to enjoy those rides on the Parkway now.

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5/13/10 8:29am - 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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Hey Bobbi, great to hear from you. as I didn't order their transmission, my transactions definitely were a la cart. But, these folks seemed real nice and actually, I bet if you were getting one of their transmissions, it's possible that they would put a more reasonable package for them if you talk to them.
 
One thing you'll have to do on your own is have your driveshaft cut to the proper length due to the longer overall length of these transmissions. The standard 700r4 tailshaft is a hair over 3" longer than a TH350 - but like the old saying goes, measure twice, cut once!!Wink
 
Also keep in mind that without a lift, this is a gwm workout on your back to some extent (and you'll want a strong second set of hands and some really, really good jackstands. Be careful.
 
I'll PM you my number if Frank wants to call me with any questions.
 
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5/13/10 8:46pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Hi Paul:
     Thanks for the info - appreciate all the tips...we'll need them.  Yes, please do PM me your number - I'm sure Frank will have Q's.  BTW, where did you get your tranny, if you don't mind me asking?  As for the jack stands...Frans is spoiled - his dad bought him a lift last year at Carlisle for his birthday & for an anniversary gift, I got him the scissor jack for it (that was more of a safety issue, than a gift.....it was cheaper than his hospitalization co-pay...LOL).  Looking forward to hearing from you - he really wants to do this, it sounds like a wise investment for many reasons.  Take care & hope to see you soon!
 


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5/13/10 8:55pm - Reply: 'Lukesvette Trans-plant (350 to 700R4)'
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Check your inbox Bobbi Smile

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