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#6706824 - 11/11/12 10:43 PM Is less really more? (transmission talk)
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I'll admit, up until a few days ago I didn't know what a Powerglide was really was, other than they were popular with the drag racing crowd.

As I work on my Neon I'm planning out my Maverick build which will include a turbo LS (goal of ~600hp +/-). I've been eyeballing the "Pro Street" C4 by Performance Automatic which seems like it would get the job done and fit like stock (because the car has a c4 currently herp derp). It can be made to work with an off the shelf adapter bellhousing and a custom torque converter. Its $1800 but rated at 750hp and has a lifetime warranty. (Building my own c4 myself is also an option to save some dough)

But recently I was eyeballing the th400 which would work great but is huge, then the th350 which doesn't seem to be any stronger than a c4 and finally the Powerglide. It seems like guys with big power are making them work and they are fairly streetable, maybe I'd keep the rear end gears around a 3.20. You lose a gear but gain about 10whp across the board vs the c4. And even if the c4 has a warranty, it'll still be a huge pita if it breaks. I think most would say a well built PG would be stronger. If anything the PG is smaller too. WWCSI do?
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#6707858 - 11/12/12 01:06 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: ScottStaypuff]
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For the purposes of pure drag racing, sure...
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#6708538 - 11/12/12 04:28 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: UglyValiant]
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#6708895 - 11/12/12 07:12 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: scootergeek]
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Scott, I have the Neon(s) I wanna row gears. \:\) I kinda like the idea of the auto for the Mav, in fact the PA "Pro Street" is still fully auto even though it handles 750hp (probably why its $500/more than the fully manual version) I do want to do a lot street driving, supposedly guys are doing just fine with PG's but maybe I should just stick with the C4 (KISS). Keeping the shifter on the column will help keep a sleeper status too, bonus. I'll waiver 5 times until I have it put together. lol
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#6708917 - 11/12/12 07:21 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: ScottStaypuff]
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I guess.

But it'd be cool as hell to throw a 6 speed in it.
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#6708985 - 11/12/12 07:46 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: scootergeek]
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 Originally Posted By: cousin Scott
I guess.

But it'd be cool as hell to throw a 6 speed in it.


I totally agree. I'll give it some thought.
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#6713782 - 11/14/12 06:45 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: ScottStaypuff]
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problem with the 'glide is you throw streetability out the window and off the cliff
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#6713797 - 11/14/12 06:53 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: stickaz ]
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I think I'm sticking with the c4 (maybe a chevy 3 speed). Denmah had pretty awesome results with a 3 speed and granny gears, hope my imitation flatters him!
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#6713828 - 11/14/12 07:09 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: ScottStaypuff]
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powerglides are beasts
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#6720610 - 11/17/12 08:17 PM Re: Is less really more? (transmission talk) [Re: ScottStaypuff]
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I don't see the benefit of keeping a C4 behind ellis other than it's a ford trans in a ford car. For simplicity I would think a GM glide, three speed, or 4L80E would be better suited for ellis. I picked up a 4L80E for $700 from a junk yard, pulled and put on my trailer by the yard.
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