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Can anyone recommend a torque converter that i should run in my power glide trans im putting in my v drive. Thanks
 

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Can anyone recommend a torque converter that i should run in my power glide trans im putting in my v drive. Thanks
Most automatic trans applications in v-drives do not use a torque converter, just a drive plate. There is enough slip and give with the prop in the water that a torque converter is not necessary.
 

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yup, no torque converter used. You want to find a drive coupler and proper sized damper plate

Drive Coupler: (this is for a th400, but you get the point)

Damper Plate:


Budget option would be to weld up a powerglide torque converter so it didnt spin. Long story short for this is the water provides the slip that a torque converter normally would do. You dont want slip in the trans when you have slip in the water.
 

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I have a powerglide in my boat, and it just uses a driveplate. No torque convertor. Also a torque convertor is where the heat in automatic gearboxs builds up from, so you're better off without one, as it's not necessary.
 

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Back when I had no idea of what I was doing, I put a power glide in my boat with a TC in it and in one lap around Elsinore, that transmission was hot enough to melt the seals inside and was boiling water off the cooler.

Drive plate is what you want. One thing, it might be a good idea to run it on a flywheel and not right off of a flex plate. I ran mine off a flex plate and it was fine, but it was only a 330hp 396. It revved like a freakin Pro Stocker though.
Also, without the torqe converter, the transmission produced almost no heat whatsoever.
 

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Mine is connected with a torque convertor eliminator bolted to the flexplate. No problems, running since 1978.
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That's exactly how mine was setup, too. I never had a problem either. But a flywheel is a better idea. it's keeps the crank happier.
 

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I have two of these made by Hughes Performance Converters, PG25 17SP 3PD 2.5K HD, brand new been sitting in the garage for a couple years as they were for my dads boat.I would let them go for $200 a piece, located in Havasu.I believe the part # is 192282, that's what's on the boxes anyway.
 

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Fellas, I don't think this guy checks the site for replies or his messages. Just sayin....as I've messaged him twice, to no reply.........
 

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My boat has a powerglide. Same gearbox has been in for some 20yrs. My mate, the previous owner originally fitted it. He had problems getting a box strong enough, but after trashing 2, he got a box built for drag racing and it's lasted ever since. It runs a driveplate, no convertor. I've been running it for 5 years, racing with aprox 550hp SBC. I run a small trans cooler. I don't know if it's really necessary, but I run it to be safe and sure. Box runs cool all the time.
 
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