Im buying a vdrive cruiser that has a velvet drive in it. Should I be putting a shorty power glide or a turbo 400 in it? What is the advantages over the velvet drive?
Does the Velvet drive have reverse if so why transmission. had 23 Warren Cruiser w/ velvet drive w/ reverse didn't need transIm buying a vdrive cruiser that has a velvet drive in it. Should I be putting a shorty power glide or a turbo 400 in it? What is the advantages over the velvet drive?
Well said agree all the way Wild BillI have 698 hp behind a velvet drive and I can also say that I have slipped into neutral when under way with cruise control on and free wheeled it and then put it back in gear while still on cruise...never hurt it.
if you have some big lumpy camshaft that might be a small issue but mine does and it's fine..
Here's the deal in my mind...if motor builds a good torque number and will pull the boat up...velvet drive is the answer...if engine is anemic and needs help out of hole...maybe go tranny. Velvet drive is so smooth and maintenance free...leave it alone.
I think you'll get different opinions on whether the prop will turn.Does a prop still turn slightly when in neutral on a velvadrive? Reason I ask is on a glide or 400 you can leave the park feature in which absolutely locks the prop, could be an asset if you need to get a swimmer aboard and are having starter issues.
I had a 21' Sanger Mini that had a velvet drive. It had a blown 502 with about 800 HP, and 29% gears. in the V-drive. I was told they don't like HP. Probably true, but for a lake boat, and if you don't "hammer" it from idle, you will probably be fine. If you want to run it hard and want to retain the velvet drive, You might want to check out BAM transmissions. (I hope the spelling is correct) They offer Velvet Drives that are "beefed up" to handle power. Enjoy your new cruiser.Im buying a vdrive cruiser that has a velvet drive in it. Should I be putting a shorty power glide or a turbo 400 in it? What is the advantages over the velvet drive?
The boat creeps in neutral with your TH400 because the prop is still spinning in neutral isn't it? Mine won't stop completely spinning unless it's in "park"The turbo 400 in my Schada will creep in neutral and it is new. I had a velvet drive in a older boat and it would creep. The 400 has all 3 forward gears and I like first for no wake zones. Instaled a shority powerglide in a boat last spring and liked the size, and weight.