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Old 09-13-2018, 09:41 PM   #21
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Are you gonna keep the old transmission on the LS3 or getting the trans too? If you go the 700R4 route there is a plate that can be used to mount the LS to the 700 while using the factory L98 mounts. There is a video on youtube that talks about the retrofit and while he chose to go carburated the FI should not be that much different. LS will open doors that exceed beyond the expectations you have right now, there are cams for sale now that allow the swap to happen without a spring change being necessary and claim 66hp.
I need to get a straight answer from the guy first. Lol He's hesitant to sell it. Once he found out I was serious he backed off a bit. But I'm pretty sure come Christmas time he'll come off it.

Yeah I want to stay 700r4. I figured there was an adapter that might retain stock mounts/locations. Thanks for making me fully aware.

The L98 doesn't have my loyalty I should say. It's quick. But for the rest of the cars capability the L98 is the limiting factor I feel like. The car is so much more capable than I am as a driver. In a CB I can push the limits and can drive one really pretty well. In comparison this car here is pretty wild. But then I'm reminded that by today's standards the C4 is relatively mild. Outdated technology mostly. Still though for a middle working class guy like me it's really fun. I enjoy it.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:43 PM   #22
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Either one will make power, like i said the L98 is a roller 350 with factory aluminum heads and a restrictive Intake system; think of the L98 as the H22 of the Chevy world and the LS as the K series. Parts for 350s are abundant and a stupid amount of combinations have been done thru the years with relatively cheap parts, the LS has more potential at higher prices and come with bragging right once dropped into anything much like K swaps. It just boils down to what you want powering your machine, either way i can guarantee you will not be dissapointed. PS as somebody who once went down that road, the TPI would be the first thing to go if you really want to wake the thing up.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:17 PM   #23
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I ordered a bunch of parts from Rock Auto.

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Old 09-15-2018, 08:24 PM   #24
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Here it is in my garage. Looking like a barn find. Lol It's filthy.





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Old 09-29-2018, 10:40 PM   #25
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After going back and forth on a transmission builder I've made a final decision.

https://animalperformancetransmissio...=7488729219102

I've decided to go with Animal Performance Transmissions. Their Revenger 700r4 rated to 650hp. Paired with their Animal Performance torque converter. The torque converter has upgrade options. One is the stall which I'm going with 2000rpm after doing quite a bit of research. The other is anti balloon plating. Primarily for boosted or nitrous applications however it will add in durability. A $100 add-on.

https://animalperformancetransmissio...ant=7033185537

On the stall, I don't want a stall rpm higher than the rpms will be cruising down the highway. From what I've read it causes slippage thus creating a lot of heat.

The transmission has a lot if features. Some of which I don't know a whole lot about.

"Coan Racing & Sonnax and Superior Products
Animal Performance Constant Pressure Front pump with Large Valves, Springs
Improved Line Pressure ,Converter Flow and Lubrication
New 10 vane Hardened Pump Rotor,Rings and Slide and vanes
New Stator Support
Coan Racing Input Drum Reinforcing Billet support ring w/ new piston
All new Alto Hi-Energy Frictions
New steels
Upgraded 3-4 pack (7) Hi-Energy frictions
High Performance Wide Alto Carbon fiber band provide greater torque capacity and more positive Shifts.
Corvette 1-2 servo
Superior Super 4th servo
HD Sun shell
New Bushing Kit with Wide Gear train Bushings for more support, less failures."

Will be ready to pull the trigger on this October 12th. Just under two weeks away!

The downside is I won't get the transmission back for 6 weeks to 2 months. But that's ok. It's winter time anyhow now pretty much.
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Old 10-01-2018, 06:21 PM   #26
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Washed it today. Then started it up and let it run for a few minutes. Recorded the idle.



Put it back in the garage cleaned up. Awaiting the transmission rebuild.

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Old 10-02-2018, 12:04 AM   #27
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It didn’t sound like it was about to stall out. I don’t think your cam is big enough . It sounds great though jokes aside
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:50 PM   #28
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It thumps a bit. Just straight pipes. Literally nothing other than pipe straight out of the headers all the way back.

Cam is a Lunati VDSC-262 Roller Tapet Camshaft 262/270 112LSA.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:27 PM   #29
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I picked up a service manual being as I have to pull the transmission soon. I figure it's pretty straight forward but it can't hurt to have a service manual. Sellers picture, not mine. Picked it up on ebay. The seller is less than 100 miles from me. Kinda cool.

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Old 10-17-2018, 08:26 PM   #30
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The new battery I installed a while back. Interstate MT75. 650cca.



Typical looking L98 + headers. Been cosmetically neglected the last few years. But will clean up well.

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Old 10-27-2018, 02:35 PM   #31
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I had an internet service provider worker come to my house and try to buy this when he seen it. Obviously it's not for sale however he told me he has a Trans-Am that has a 700r4 and he had it rebuilt locally. It ran him $1200 with the shop only doing the rebuild and the owner doing the removal and reinstall.

So that being the case I called the shop and they asked if I wanted to buy my own parts and they'll install everything. Being as it's going in a Corvette they guessed I wanted some upgrades. They told me that $1200 is a pretty standard rebuild cost for a 700r4 however only about $700 of that is labor the rest is parts and torque converter.

So needless to say I can get a whole lot bigger bang for the buck. I've found a bunch of goodies at transmissioncenter.net. I'm still figuring things out however I'm pretty stoked. I'll be able to pretty much bullet proof the 700r4 for $2000 and have a local warranty.
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$500 for rebuild kit, converter, fluids might not be a bad price depending on what they are putting in there; i was over at Monster transmission the other say looking at prices and the rebuild kits set for performance were over the $500 quote and then if you take into consideraron the TC tend to run well over $200. I know i probably sound like i am trying to get you to spend your hard earned money but i am not, just dont want you to be like my cousin and go thru like 3 trans in a year. I would ask what is the power rating of whatever kit they are gonna install and then try to beat it online, do know that most people do not honor or offer warranty on parts that they are not supplying, i once heard a guy ask a shop what kind of warranty would they offer on labor if parts were supplied and the answer was "from the register to the door".
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:51 PM   #33
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$500 for rebuild kit, converter, fluids might not be a bad price depending on what they are putting in there; i was over at Monster transmission the other say looking at prices and the rebuild kits set for performance were over the $500 quote and then if you take into consideraron the TC tend to run well over $200. I know i probably sound like i am trying to get you to spend your hard earned money but i am not, just dont want you to be like my cousin and go thru like 3 trans in a year. I would ask what is the power rating of whatever kit they are gonna install and then try to beat it online, do know that most people do not honor or offer warranty on parts that they are not supplying, i once heard a guy ask a shop what kind of warranty would they offer on labor if parts were supplied and the answer was "from the register to the door".
I appreciate your input! Flat out. I mean that. I'm not a Chevy guy and don't know these machines like you do it sounds like.

I was checking on the kits from Monster too. I'm actually looking a getting a really good converter. I'd like a Hughes but I think I'll have to get a custom made converter from them. I don't want to cheap out on the converter.

All being said I'd rather toast an engine than a transmission any day. I want to be done with transmission issues. So I'm not looking to take any short cuts.

I will say that I plan to abuse whatever transmission goes in. It won't have an easy life. Whatever it takes to get a transmission to tolerate it.

I dont mind spending $1000 on parts. Minus the converter. As long as it's going to hold up.
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Picked up a bunch of detailing supplies black friday shopping. I think everything cost around $75. This car has relatively new paint. Can't wait to clean it up.

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I changed the future plans. No LSx as the owner and I don't work together anymore as he transferred out of state.

Instead next summer my plans are the following.

Edelbrock Performer Carbureted Intake Manifold
MSD Atomic EFI Throttle Body System
MSD Distributor
MSD 6AL 2 Ignition Box
Dana 44 Rear Diff & Batwing (3.45s)
Performance Rebuild 700R4
1650 Stall Converter
B&M Ratchet Shifter
Dewitts Aluminum Radiator


Converting to a carb type intakeanifold then instead of throwing on a carb going efi. Best of both worlds. It'll be able to pull to 6,000rpms +/- and still have the luxuries of fuel injection.
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