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Former Torque Converter

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mark Yac, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. This is what happens when you put a street and strip converter behind a 6-71 blown SBC in a Model A hot rod. The sprag rollers were completely gone, which means the were ground up and went through the trans.
    I was able to save the T350 but there was a lot of damage in the front half.
    I suspect the converter was ballooning, and the rear most bearing popped out of place an disintegrated .That allowed the stator to slap back and forth and punch out the inner race and rollers, causing them to bend all the fins over.
    This particular unit was a later model that had a furnace brazed impeller, and a welded in turbine hub (as opposed to riveted in)
    But you can see that didn't save it in this case.

  2. jbrittonjr
    Joined: Sep 10, 2009
    Posts: 105


  3. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    I always wondered what it looked like in one of those.
  4. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    oh ya.... many people don't think they need an anti ballooning plate, until this.....

    That's an amazing piece of engineering, the fluid coupler is...

  5. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


  6. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,149

    Roger Walling

    Thats not that bad, it will probaly buff right out!
  7. Rub it with dryer sheets, right?
  8. Hey, this guy drove the car back to his house! He said it was making kind of a rattling noise :-o
  9. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,473


    I think I know him!

  10. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,480

    from South Indy

    Horsepower.....Is really good at making little bitty parts out of really big parts.:D
  11. Does the same thing with piles of money.
  12. So what converter are you going to get for this guy ?
  13. I was going to build him a good one, but he says it's not in the budget right now.
    I think he's getting a $150 big red bomb .
    I tried...He'll be back next year...
    Job security !

    He needs something like this:

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  14. spikeshotrods
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 373


    Hey that looks like the converter in my 49 a tight 9", drives like a regular stock converter then step on it and all hell breaks loose.........Love It
  15. until he starts jawing you for building junk trannys even though you 'had that conversation'

    send him somewhere else.
  16. Back in the day I had a O/T car and big NOS spray and found out about "ballooning" and ended up buying a "Coan" branded converter, really big bucks 20 years ago, I think it was around $2200 or so. It cost money to play hard.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  17. Thanks for your concern.
    Rick is like family though..He helps us promote our race, covering the East Valley for us.
    He picked up the trans, and I think he's coming around on the converter.
    He's just like the rest of us ,working just as hard now, but the money doesn't go as far.

    His car runs 11.50 's too, as is , so he doesn't want to speed it up to where he needs a roll bar.
  18. I totally get it.

    sometimes friends are the toughest to deal with.

    sounds like you're doing what you can to keep the guy rolling. thin line.

    best of luck to you both!

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