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Mike Sal

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  1. The grills of my fresh air vents were in the trunk of the car when we got it ('70 RQA 0330) & not sure why, but I noticed that the vacuum metallized finish is faded off much of it. Are good ones available or is painting them acceptable? I'm not sure why they wanted them in a bright finish to begin with....seems like a dark color would have been better....how much attention does a vent need anyway....

    Mike S

  2. Yes, I'm very familiar with the BW tranny & how heavy it is. I can still remember horsing one up into a '64 ford without the aid of a jack.....yes, young & dumb at the time.....now just dumb....

    Looking around on the web, it appears the BW tranny is about 228 lbs & the 200 4r is around 150 lbs. The springs will have to love that!!!

    Mike S

  3. Every antique vehicle group i belong to has members who will not share their vin / serial numbers. They are afraid that "internet thieves" will figure out how to make a claim on their vehicle (especially the motor bike & motorcycle groups where getting replacement titles is usually necessary. I don't buy into it (I keep rosters of a couple different groups & it's frustrating to me), but some people hang onto those beliefs.

    Mike Sal

  4. thanks for all the advice. I'll start snooping around to see what's out there in my area. A guy at work races a buick grand national & keeps up with where all the rear wheel drive stuff hides these days. I like the idea of making the fewest "changes" from stock as possible. That's why the 200 sounded better, but being a typical caso, what ever bargain I come across will influence the direction..... I've got a spare drive shaft, so I'll be able to keep the original in it's original form.

    Mike Sal

  5. Ya, I plan to check the ratio in the axle after work tonight (after mowing). Art couldn't remember but thought it was in the 3:55 range.

    I do all my own work. I have my own machine shop & metal fab tools, so no worries regarding experience or effort on doing the work. I also am experienced in working on automatic transmissions, so not too worried about that either.....I'm just not experienced with the newer versions of trannys & need to catch up. If I know which vehicles the 200R's were installed in, I could start searching for one & that way I can get all the "extra bits" (brackets, cables, clips, etc) along with the tranny when we pull it from the vehicle.

    thanks for the help,

    Mike S

  6. I read with interest the posting below about swapping in a overdrive transmission. While driving home with our newly purchased '70 avanti yesterday, I was bothered by the engine speed. 2500 rpm @ 55mph. (350 engine automatic trans, new 205/70 tires). I'd sure like to get those rpms down before taking the car on long trips.

    I've read that many like the 200R GM transmission. Which model car contains the best version for our cars (in other words, where's the best place to go looking for one)? Will it have a mechanical speedo drive to work with our speedometers?

    thanks,

    Mike S

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