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About TonyBabiak

  • Birthday 12/21/1955

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  1. They were making some changes in the mid 50s so I'm not sure which version you'll have. Here's a pretty good video of the older style.
  2. I just got on the forums so I went back and read your story. Great project you have there. Your bores have some wear. Piston clearance is the whole story though. Get some long feeler blades or micrometers and check that. I've read that you can go as much as .003 per inch of bore diameter. That's a lot in my book but I know someone who's done it. Ring life will be shorter due to the pistons rocking in the bores. I tore down a Pontiac 421 once that had over .020" clearance and it had broken rings in 6 of the cylinders. Proper finish on the cylinders is important to get the rings seated
  3. Thanks for the info, I'll try it again. I can feel the different loads against the adjusting screws in neutral vs. drive. The procedure described in the manual is similar. It describes using a tach to monitor engine speed to detect when the band just stops the drum from spinning and making adjustment from there. I'm convinced that my rear drum isn't spinning, no matter how much I loosen the band. That has me worried. I'll also try setting the throttle valve. Right now it's set to where it was when I pulled the trans. This truck spent most of it's life parked in a fire station and has under 20,
  4. If you really want air shocks take a close look at the frame crossmember that the upper mounts attach to. I use to run them on GM A bodies without any problems. I ruined the floor pan of a very nice 76 Chevy Nova with them, no frame, no crossmember. Just re-enforced areas that weren't up to supporting weight, but then shocks were never meant to.
  5. 57 Chevy truck Hydramatic. Last October it decided to shed it's front band lining. After thinking it over I decided that since I had no experience and was short on space and time I would have a shop rebuild it for me. I pulled the trans myself and took it to the shop, 65 miles away. They were the only shop I could find anywhere in my area who would work on it. It's an established shop with a great reputation and some experience with vintage transmissions. I got it back $1200 later and reinstalled it. I'm 64 years old, work by myself and still hold a full time job so it took me a while. The sho
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