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#1213076 - Fri Apr 14 2017 03:50 PM powerglide opinions needed
crowejam Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 16 2017 04:46 PM
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Loc: Oregon
Any thoughts re powerglide trans? I have a 40 chevy 3/4 ton with a 57 235. I know I will need to swap out my torque tube drivetrain.
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#1213080 - Fri Apr 14 2017 04:06 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
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Powerglides come in two versions- - - -1950-62 or so had a cast iron case, and some of the early ones actually worked with torque tube rear ends. They had two of everything- - - -too slippy, too heavy, too troublesome, and two speeds- - -too low and too high.

1963-up Powerglides had an aluminum case, were much smoother-shifting, a lot stronger, and would make a better choice for swapping, but they won't bolt up to a 235 without an adapter, and they're still only a 2-speed. A Turbo 350 or a 700-R4 would be a better choice for a swap.
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#1213083 - Fri Apr 14 2017 04:54 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
crowejam Offline
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Thanks Jerry. The more modern trannys sound like a better choice.
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#1214070 - Thu Apr 20 2017 10:44 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
Chad M Offline
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I could not imagine driving mine with a Powerglide and a 235. The T5 makes it run so much better, its like a perfect match. The 200R4 or 700R4 would probably be good.
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#1214117 - Fri Apr 21 2017 11:18 AM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
crowejam Offline
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Loc: Oregon
Chad, is the T5 a simple installation? I know I will need to have a driveline built. My truck is a 3/4 so the wheelbase is 123 and it now has a 2 piece torque tube with 3 speed trans.
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#1214165 - Fri Apr 21 2017 07:29 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
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crowejam, you need to check out "lugnutz" as I feel he is the
T-5 guru and has extensive write ups, and tips, on this very tranny.
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#1214166 - Fri Apr 21 2017 07:56 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
crowejam Offline
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ok thanks
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#1214275 - Sat Apr 22 2017 08:31 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
Chad M Offline
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Yes it was very easy. Lugnutz helped me a lot, he is a great asset. He has a GREAT tutorial on his website.

I cannot say enough good things about the T5 behind a 235 engine. My truck is a 1 ton so I had an Eaton HO52 rear end and open driveshaftm That will be your toughest challenge if you have a torque tube setup.
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#1214283 - Sat Apr 22 2017 08:53 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
crowejam Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 16 2017 04:46 PM
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Loc: Oregon
Thanks Chad. I went on Lugnutz website and I agree, he lays it all out for us. I think the T5 is probly what I will do. I want to get rid of my torque tube and get better highway speed too.
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#1214356 - Sun Apr 23 2017 02:52 PM Re: powerglide opinions needed [Re: crowejam]
52Carl Offline
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Loc: Virginia
If Chevrolet had come up with a T5 in the '40s, the other automakers would not have sold one truck.
It brings the inline 216/235/261 to life. No more high revs before a shift, followed by extended periods of lugging the engine. Every time you shift gears, you are in the optimal range of the power band for these engines.
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