As some of you know, my original converter manufacturer went out of business here last summer. Long story short, the Original owner sold out to a partnership group, one of the partners leveraged the others for full control, and then ran it into the ground in 18 months.
So I either had to quit selling converters, or source a new vendor. I spoke with several outfits, and came across an excellent manufacturer for us here last fall.
The change has been a positive one, I have been able to consolidate the 3 different levels of durability I used to sell, into one unit, and upgrade all non-lockup 9.5" units to a forged cover. Big deal here, only the most expensive ones in the past got that cover, and we got into it for a very reasonable price increase. Considering the fact, in the previous program, that cover made a $629 STG 2 Converter into a $899 STG 3, you can see the value. What used to cost us $270, now only costs us $110.
Simple economics here, the new company uses that cover on all their performance stuff, so they buy in big quantity, vs one at a time.
In addition, our lockup converters get a billet cover, and a super tough 3 disc clutch.
For $665 for the TH 350/400 converters, I am still very competitive with anyone out there with a similar product, and of course I have the reams of dyno sheets for reference that helps a lot. I have had the opportunity to build and test just about every 455 / 350 Buick engine combo out there, or at least something very close to what you may have. That's a big factor in building the right converter.
My lifetime warrantee stays the same. I believe in what I sell. And as always you can get 1 free re-stall in the first year of ownership if you change your combo, or change your mind, and future rebuilding work is reasonably priced.
Lockups are $765 for the 700/200R4, and I am still doing the 12 and 13" VP converters, and I have a full line of stock and mild performance/towing full size converters available.
I got into doing converters with the VP stuff in 1999, because there was simply nothing on the market I could use back then. A few years later, after paying an outrageous price for a freshen up ($500) on a customer's race converter from one of the 'big names', I had to see what was done for myself. I took that converter down to my vendor and we cut it open and looked at what was done.. and let me tell you, not much. A couple of $10 bearings and a new weld/balance/paint job is what it was.
I realized then that because of the "mystery" surrounding torque converters, that some companies were charging a lot of money for the box it came in.. not that they don't build good products, they do, but the 200-300% markups are crazy.
I started an extensive 2 year testing program, with 5 different 350 and 455 cars, along with a 200R4 setup, before I sold my first 9.5" converter. We worked out what I felt was the best converter for different combos, and then further refined it thru customer feedback over the years.
And they have a sporty new Buick red paint job!
I look forward to helping you cut thru the mystery and high prices for a performance converter for your Buick for years to come.