Fitting a TH-200-4R to a 1976 Pontiac V8

I've currently got the stock TH-350 fitted to my 400 V8 but would like to change it for a 4 speed auto. Can anyone offer any suggestions regarding what trans to use and
how to complete the conversion.
Note - the engine is in a kit car and already has a short propshaft so the longer TH-700R4 may not be suitable!
Thanks Steve
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I've been looking into doing the same swap (350 to a 2004r) It should basically be a bolt in due to the fact they are the same length. The 700r4 is about 3 in longer, so it would require a shortened driveshaft. Im confused about the application though, are you hooking it up to a 76 engine or putting it in a 76 pontiac? If you are putting it in a kit car, just make sure you change the trans-mount location, keeping the right pinion angle. This should not be too hard, it is the same spot as the TH400. Also you will need to put on a torque converter lockup kit on it or convert it over to a non-lockup converter. The lockup is not that big of a deal, you can find schemadics of how to build one on the net. Also the stock 2004r can only handle about 330lb/ft, so you might need to beef it up. Talk to some turbo GN guys of hints to strenghtening it.
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I've currently got the stock TH-350 fitted to my 400 V8 but would like to change it for a 4 speed auto. Can anyone offer any suggestions regarding what trans to use and how to complete the conversion.
Note - the engine is in a kit car and already has a short propshaft so the longer TH-700R4 may not be suitable!
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The stock TH350 is pretty bulletproof and should be left alone :).
You could fit a THM2004R among other trannies in this, but the TH350 is about as bulletproof as they get (save the THM400) :)
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I think the point is to make the vehical more street friendly. Besides, GM AOD's handle power as well as stock TH350's do. I have killed my share of TH350's. Charles
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Charles:
If that's the case, use a 4L80E (an "electronic" THM400) and have the benefit of computer controls at the helm for better streetability :).
Sure, you can waste a THM350, as you could a THM400. For the rest of us normal folk (lol), it will last the life of the car.
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Joe:
I usually do recommend the 4L60 or 4L80 route to customers looking to upgrade to a GM AOD. Yet some still insist they want a TH-200R4 or a TH-700R4. Using things like vacuum actuator switches from 86 full size vans, instead of the aftermarket computer boxes.
Really I like to see people convert over to 90's fuel injection, ecm, & GM AOD. Then they are not just using less fuel above 40 MPH (depending on final drive ratios), they are usually running cleaner, with a balanced system. Charles
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