1979 turbo 400 short tail out of caddy

Discussion in 'The "Juice Box"' started by steve murray, May 6, 2020.

  1. steve murray

    steve murray Well-Known Member

    Hi. Was wondering if there are differences in valve bodies or other areas concerning 79 caddy and lets say ... 1969 or 71 Buick long tail transmissions ? I’ve heard the earlier bodies are better ? Is this true ? Having a tranny built and have this caddy shirttail at my disposal. Would like to use Buick heavy duty case if I could , but trannies have been out in weather for years so internals could be iffy ! Any help appreciated ! Thx
     
  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    Calibrations will be different among THM400s. Honestly, I doubt whether it is anything of consequence. I don't think the earlier valve bodies are necessarily better. I would use it, and build it and just beef it up if necessary.
     
  3. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

  4. steve murray

    steve murray Well-Known Member

    Ok thx fellas ! Appreciate !
     
  5. BRUCE ROE

    BRUCE ROE Well-Known Member

    A long tail might imply a big car and engine, like my 472 Cad trans.
    It in turn might be equipped with a 6 friction direct clutch pack,
    instead of the usual 5. It could mean somewhat different shift
    calibration, nothing you can not update. good luck, Bruce Roe
     
  6. steve murray

    steve murray Well-Known Member

    Ok thank u Bruce !
     
  7. steve murray

    steve murray Well-Known Member

    Tranny rebuilt !! Ended up using 69 bc code long tail. Converted. To short tail deep trans pan all new clutches seals etc. B&M shift kit cost was $975 and that’s with parts to convert to shorty deep pan and previously taking apart another 400 core I had that had water and rust in it ! No converter. Didn’t think it was a bad price !Now seeking a 9.5 converter from Jim to finish it off !!
     

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