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  1. #26
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    jim,

    It's a KB 149, 3000 stall, built in the mid 1980's.

    My guess is that my 60 ft would gain a tenth and grow to 1-2 tenths & mph, in a quarter.
    I would like to hear from someone who has done a straight swap from s/p to a good fixed.
    GSCA # 116
    67 GS 455

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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I have one of JW's units like Alan's. On the first test run after install the car scared the trans shop owner so bad he had another trans guy in the shop take it for the second test run. Then the second guy came back and says he was throwing all his small block Chevy and Ford stuff in the trash and that he never believed a convertible could be so quick.
    Jim Lore
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  3. #28

    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Jim,
    Are you still selling these converters? I'm looking to replace my VP converter with a fixed converter in my '70 Skylark. I was running 11.18 @ 122mph with the VP before it broke on me. I'm guessing I'll need your Stage2 converter with around 4200 stall. I can PM you all of my specs if you are still offering these converters.

    Thanks,
    Ken

    -'70 Skylark, 455, 10.96 @ 124.72
    -'70 GS 455 Conv. 4-Speed Frame off started Jan. '06 Finally Finished May 2012!
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I just installed one of the Stage2 9.5" converters in my car. I havent made it out to the track yet, but driving it on the street has been great. Mine is set up for 3500 stall though.

    What is your setup? Engine, gears and racing weight? Just curious.
    Steve

    1971 454 LS7 skylark custom
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    Sounds like he has another happy customer. My car has an 11 to 1 464, ported stage1 iron heads flowing 280 and roller rockers. Ported T/A intake with Proform 950cfm carb. Solid lift cam, 276-282 duration, .600-.594 lift. My vp converter was flashing to 4200 and I have 3.73 gears. 28x12.5 ET Streets. I don't know the weight of the car but have lowered the weight alittle with a 'glass hood and front bumper and racing seats. I usually had mid 1.6 60' times and the car usually hooks pretty good.

    Ken

    -'70 Skylark, 455, 10.96 @ 124.72
    -'70 GS 455 Conv. 4-Speed Frame off started Jan. '06 Finally Finished May 2012!
    -'11 Shelby GT500, 550hp

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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I have 1 of Jim's convertors in my 70 GS455 and it works real nice. I have a KB118 cam and stage 1 heads on the car. It behaves like a larger diameter convertor would. I would recommend this convertor to anyone with a mild street engine.
    71 GS 350 Convertible 4 speed
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Hello my name is russell and I recentley rebuilted my th-350 with the b&m transkit at school and I didnt have enough money for a good torque converter so I am snooping around for a new one. I also rebuilt the engine it is a 350 I bought a rebuild kit from a local machine shop and put the comp 268h kit in it also and and did a 3 angle valve job on the heads and some mild porting to them with my shop teacher. I currentley have a stock rear end and I am looking to put 3.73 in the rear. So to make a long story short I was wondering if you could make me a tourque converter and how much would it cost thanks for the help sorry for the long post.

  8. #33
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    got a 3500 converter from tsp very very happy with it blew away my switch pitch set up I had in the car nice and tight for cruising and worked flawlessly on the track . Jim was right on with my motor drivetrain/combo .propeled my 4000# gs to 11:20 @121 .
    70 GS 455 11.20 @ 120.97
    71 GS 455 10:40 @ 129.01
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Weise View Post
    No John, it's a fixed pitch converter.

    If you have a 12" VP now, that's the core I need to build one of mine, and you won't break it..

    JW
    Hey Jim, was wanting to know if you still need a 12" core ? I was wanting to get my V/P converter tailored a little better to my combination. Thanks, John Biggs.
    1971 GS 455 Skylark
    AC 4150 LBS. Street / Strip Car
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    John,

    I do have a couple of virgin 12" VP cores now..

    JW
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Hi Jim,
    I see the price in 2008 for the stg 1 9.5, are they the same today or are there any changes?
    I have a mild buid 455 th4oo 3:42, Just wondering.
    Thanks!
    Jerry
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    i'll be also possibly looking for a fixed stall..stage 2 for now as you sad they can be upgraded later on for under 200! I want a good stall but nothing where it'd heat up the trans in the city and make driving miserable
    72 skylark with stock 350 but with twinturbos, 3.08 gears and a/c removed i'm sure i'm under 3800 with me in it
    Mike aka BiZnO
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I just wanted to add my 2 cents here. I have had one of Jims 9.5" 4000 stall in my Stage 2 sport wagon for years and could not be happier. Beat the dog poo out of it in that heavy car and it never fails to impress me. Drives like a normal converter until you nail it. Flairs right up and lays it out.

    I was breaking converters for years until I got this.

    Dennis
    70 GSX QQ, 4 Speed
    70 GS Stage 2 Sport Wagon full weight 11.60 @113
    87 GN, DBB GT67 turbo, 75# inj, Alky inj.
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    70 Electra 2 dr 455, ported hds, 9" Ford posi/3.90's 13.4 @101 on white walls.

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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    whats the availability of the 2004r converters Jim
    HERB L.
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Tell me about your setup, and how you want to use the car Herb.

    There are a number of 2004R converters available.

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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Jim I need 2 converters

    My car still has the 350 trans but I have a built gn tranny ready to go in. It is a 69 350 2bbl skylark convert that I converted to 4bbl with a ta intake and 350 rochester carb. I also added a 3.42 posi. Other than that it is pretty much stock.

    My buddies car is a 72 lark with 455. It has a small ta cam, stage 1 heads with mild port work, ta shorty headers, 850 quadrajet and has a jim burek 200r4 and converter that was set up for his old 350 motor. His car needs some stall as it wont get out of the gate which surprises me because the converter in the car now is set up for his old 350
    HERB L.
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I just installed a strengthened/modified D-5 converter behind a 400 in a 68 GS.. love it, replaced a standard D-5, and it was a world of difference. Has a special stator modification that gives them more stall.

    That's the one I would suggest for you BB buddy, for yours, I will ask my converter guy tomorrow if he would do any other mods to it.. what kind of stall speeds are you after on the 350 car?

    I will PM you on Monday with the info.

    JW
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I would think 25-2800 its a heavy car and the 350 is pretty tame, I just want it to come off the line a little better.
    Thanks
    Herb
    HERB L.
    BOSTON, MA


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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Herb,

    Two options for you on the 2004-R.

    A modified D-5, just like I put in that GS400 here recently. It's a very nice converter that has a "windowed" stator, for another 300-500 rpm or so more stall than the stock unit. Just right for soaking up a little cam lope, and a decent flash when you nail it. We went from a stock D-5 to this one in that car, and the difference was night and day. Exactly what we were looking for, on that 400 HP car, with a 118 cam.

    For a car that your going to drive a lot on the street, and all around manners are most important, and want that good "feel" in moderate acceleration, it's a nice unit.

    Not the highest performance option, as the stall-torque ratio is around 1.4 on that unit.

    Cost is $299+shipping.

    For a more performance oriented deal, where getting to the next stoplight is the prime consideration, then we move to the 10" unit. A much higher 1.9 stall torque ratio, and 20 lbs less weight will really make things happen a lot quicker.. downside is that this one does not have as positive a "feel" in light throttle work. Not mushy by any means, but it does have a more performance oriented "feel".

    Cost is $379+ship on that unit.

    Thanks

    JW
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Anyone interested in using one of these convertors should pull the trigger. I got mine installed today, and it's completely night and day compared to the old one I had in there. It's no longer a slushbox around town. I can feel the shifts again Thanks, Jim, for the excellent product. I can't wait to get it to Columbus!
    Adam Martin
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    The last post here was over a year ago. Are you still selling these? What is the expected build time? Updated price on the stage one?

    Not ready yet, still saving up.

    Thanks Jim,
    ______
    Steve

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    Yes, I am pretty sure Jim is still doing these. I contacted him yesterday on a converter for the Electra. Pm'd me next day on what he can do and price.
    Bill

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  23. #48
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    Quote Originally Posted by R4E5G5L View Post
    The last post here was over a year ago. Are you still selling these? What is the expected build time? Updated price on the stage one?

    Not ready yet, still saving up.

    Thanks Jim,
    Ya, they were going out of here like crazy earlier this spring.. Right now we are looking at 7-10 days on the build, price on the STG 1 9.5 is $499.

    Thanks

    JW
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R4E5G5L View Post
    The last post here was over a year ago. Are you still selling these? What is the expected build time? Updated price on the stage one?

    Not ready yet, still saving up.

    Thanks Jim,
    Well guys I finally put enough scratch together and ordered a stage1 verter a few days ago! Will the tabs have welded nuts like factory? If not, which summit part number do I need for hardware?

    Thanks,
    Last edited by R4E5G5L; 03-04-2012 at 08:25 PM. Reason: double posting on android
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    Default Re: TSP 9.5" Street/Strip converters- Lifetime warrantee!

    I really don't want to bug Jim with such a trivial question. Any thoughts on the hardware? (above post)

    Thanks,

    ---------- Post added at 06:37 AM ---------- Previous post was at 06:37 AM ----------

    I really don't want to bug Jim with such a trivial question. Any thoughts on the hardware? (above post)

    Thanks,
    ______
    Steve

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