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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Smile New owner - 66 Bel Air 4 dr

Hello everybody, glad to find this site. Just got this 1966 Bel Air 4 door sedan.

Very good shape in general, it's got a 283 and Powerglide. Just brought it over from Winnipeg, where they don't use salt, so the underside is in really good shape. Driver's side rear quarter panel is rotted out, but I have a spare fender.

Motor runs strong, but the Powerglide has an issue: it won't go into gear at all once it warms up. Anybody have ideas what is might be? Am I looking at a total rebuild? Thanks in advance for any input.








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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 09:11 PM
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Welcome to the site !! Nice looking ride. I have a 4 door also. My advice is to get rid of that powerglide and put a 350 trans in there. You won't believe the difference that extra gear makes.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 09:48 PM
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Welcome to the Team Jay!

Sorry to break it to you, but it is time for a rebuild of the old slush box. As stated more gears are better. Why stop at adding one when you can add two more with a four speed auto matic that improves off the line performance and gas mileage!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 10:03 PM
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Welcome, looks like a nice car.

Is it me, or is it odd that the firewall is painted body color, rather than black?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 10:23 PM
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I believe canadian bulit car has body color firewall

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-18-2010, 08:26 AM
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A 350 tranny would be cheaper and give you more power.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-18-2010, 09:29 AM
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Welcome Jay. A good used Powerglide can be bought cheaper than you can rebuild one. I still have one in my 65. But when it goes, a 350 turbo will take its place.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-21-2010, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the compliments and input, everybody.

I drove it around the block a couple of times on the weekend, and it shifted fine. I'm going to change the fluid and filter first and see how it goes. I've been told a clogged filter might be the issue.

Next step would be a TH350 swap.
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