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Old 05-14-2010, 03:15 PM
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yep another torque converter thread

My apologies if this has been answered already...

I am currently doing a thread/writeup (transmission rebuild for the poor man)... being poor I ran into some snags, but am ready to start her up again... I'm ready to buy a torque converter, I'm going cheap, sorry to all you folks who spent a fortune on yours. Not looking for advice on brands, or lectures about it being cheap "get what you pay for" stuff. Thanks, I'm sure you know what you're talking about, but an extra hundred bucks means groceries in the fridge instead of going hungry.

all that aside, Looking at torque converters seems like I've got an option here, low stall vs. high stall..

I'm guessing that refers to stall speed on lockup right? does anyone have any real world experience as per what that will do for my MPG? My stock transmission did great, pulled whatever I put behind it and only died after 250,000 miles and a leak I did not fix, so even a stock torque converter will do what I ask of it, but if I can save myself some fuel money I'll do it.

My guess is a low stall means that it will lock up at a much lower speed, seems like that would make it better for towing, and increase MPG. Am I right, or way off?

thanks guys.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 PM
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id say your right about that, im in the same boat as you first needed just a TC but now its looking like the whole tranny
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:26 PM
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check out my other thread, "noob transmission rebuild.....for the poor man"

it's not hard and I put some pretty good pics up of the "special tools" that I built.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:34 PM
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ive built a few manual transaxles for cars i just dont have the tools to do it right now but im thinking if it comes to needing a rebuild i will do it myself and beef it up at the same time, a monster rebuild kit runs about 850 so thats definately better than the 4grand for a replacement
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:53 PM
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i have a restoration shop and used to farm out all my transmission work because they were "magic"... haha

after rebuilding manual transmissions and auto transmissions, i would do automatics any day over a manual, it's so much easier it's not even funny.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:55 AM
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really? i had a hell of a time with rebuilding those manual transaxles. ive always been told automatics are even harder.
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Stall has nothing to do with the lockup clutch. It means, at what rpm does the eng stop accelerating with trans in gear, foot on brake and throttle pressed to the floor. Diesels have lower stall converters thatn gas engines.
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