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Aftermarket Transmissions - TCI, Hughes, B & M ???

I am getting ready to get this truck settled on in regards to the insurance company. Now I have a tranny that needs replacing and I have spoken to a couple of shops. I am not willing to take it to Aamco Transmissions - I want to buy something a bit more worth the money.

I have a 350ci that is about 375hp, a NP203 running 3.73's in the axles. I am running 4" lift and a 33" tire now, I may possibly to goto a 35 down the road with a 6" lift in the future.

Has anyone bought a TH350 from TCI? B&M or Hughes performance and is running them? I don't want to just let $1400 blow away on a tranny and find I need another one in 30k miles. I have spoke to Hughes and to TCI, I personally feel good about the prices and build up TCI says they do. Hughes Performance is local for me and about $200 cheaper.

Any suggestions would be very well received!

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Re: Aftermarket Transmissions - TCI, Hughes, B & M ???

Probably TCI. You can also buy transmissions from Summit for a respectable price.

In my opinion, rebuild the TH350 yourself. They're really simple (as compared to an overdrive transmission). Put a full reverse manual valvebody with compression braking in it and you'll be good to go.
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im not sure how long untilyour going to need it, but i am going to have a turbo 400 for sale. its got 20,000+ miles on it. During rebuild it had a shift kit put in it. it shift strong and works great, i have had no complaints. If you interested email me at [email protected] id take 175 for it, you just have to pay for shipping, it would be frieght and depending on where you are it would be 100 to 150 bucks on average.
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In my opinion, rebuild the TH350 yourself. They're really simple (as compared to an overdrive transmission).

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I wish I had the time, facilities and resources to do it myself. Working fulltime, having two daughters (3 yrs old & 18 months) trying to keep the house managed definately takes up alot of my time. I may consider it though, I am always up for a good challenge. Have a buddy I could call, neither one of us have done a Tranny before. I would just hate to do it, it be wrong or screw something up bad. I may just buy a transmission now while I know the money will be available and put the spent one to the side, tear it down and see @ my own pace what it involves.

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I will consider the offer Chevy! I will have to see what is involved regarding the output shaft of the TH350 vs. TH400 into the 203. For that price though it would be hard to pass up. I am in Phoenix AZ and I am sure it would be about $150 - $200 to ship to me.

Hold that thought and let me do some checking.
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Re: Aftermarket Transmissions - TCI, Hughes, B & M ???

Well, it won't take you more than a weekend to do a TH350 or TH400 and that's if you're obsessive-compulsive and everything goes wrong. They are incredibly simple compared to a 700R4.

If it's not your primary vehicle then I'd just go for it. It's not all that bad. Not at all like a 700R4. I have a saying when it comes to rebuilding TH350s and TH400s... "A quadriplegic on meth could rebuild a TH350 in a sandbox and it'd work alright".

Another option is to buy a used one to get you by for now. A good used one goes for $100-250 and a "core" goes for $75-100. I've got both a good one and a couple cores but I don't like to ship stuff.
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I will consider the offer Chevy! I will have to see what is involved regarding the output shaft of the TH350 vs. TH400 into the 203. For that price though it would be hard to pass up. I am in Phoenix AZ and I am sure it would be about $150 - $200 to ship to me.

Hold that thought and let me do some checking.

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You'd end up changing the input on the 203 to 32 spline so you could run the TH400. A lot of work, especially for the worst transfer case GM ever made.
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I have a saying when it comes to rebuilding TH350s and TH400s... "A quadriplegic on meth could rebuild a TH350 in a sandbox and it'd work alright".


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Welp, that definately made me laugh cause I can say I have known a tweeker of two in my days and the quadripalegic comment only made it that much funnier!! YEs, unfortunately it is a primary vehicle, that's why I am a bit skeptical to do it myself the first time with this situation ie- kids, housechores & work!!

Thanks for the info though and we shall see. Doesn't mean I won't consider a try on one that's out of the truck!

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Yes, the 203 is a POS however I may check around to see if I can dig up a 205.

It's all in this analytical mind of mine, all these damn choices & options!
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If you want, id throw in the transfer case to for a little extra. Its a 208 in really good shape. $275 for transfer case and transmisson. i think 150-200 is about what it would cost for shipping, i just had a 465/205 shipped from oklahoma to ct for 165. let me know if your interested.
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