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Re: Locking up the torque converter
not quite the answer to the converter question, BUT you can rig a hand control on that kickdown linkage inside the truck, to tighten it all the way up when you wish, and it will hold it in 1st gear a little better if you doint have a manual valve body ( or modified valve body).
ive done this by accident before while re installing the mechanism, and it has pretty good engine braking qualities, but bear in mind I was testing it on the road, so you would have to test it further.
I wouldnt think it would be hard to tap into that pipe on top of the valve body and give it full pressure the whole time, and then ad an electric solenoid/valve to it, so that you could achieve full lock up in any gear, the downfall would be, it woudl stall the motor if the rolling resistance overcame the drivetrains torque, you would have to be careful with the usage, maybe even a momentary switch.
good luck with it
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