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Torque Converter: rebuild?

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  • ken-renda
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    By all means, rebuild the torque converter, it's not worth taking a chance. DACCO transmission has built 6 for me at about $200, the one exception was when the starter ring had to be replaced, then the price was close to $400. Dacco seems to be all over the place, I take mine to Richmond VA but they send to someplace in (i think) Tennessee at minimal cost, if you are not in a hurry. Ken, Deltaville Va

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  • studebaker-R2-4-me
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    Originally posted by bsrosell View Post
    update: just called Midwest Converter Supply, right here in the Twin Cities area! Estimated $150-200. Sure beats $350 plus shipping to Iowa! So, will bring it down and have it gone through, and rest easier when things go back together someday.
    Good Plan that way you will never have to worry about some peice of crap that you would not be able to flush out. I would also think about having them increase the stall if you are doing any performance modifications to the drivetrain.

    Allen

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  • bsrosell
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    update: just called Midwest Converter Supply, right here in the Twin Cities area! Estimated $150-200. Sure beats $350 plus shipping to Iowa! So, will bring it down and have it gone through, and rest easier when things go back together someday.

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  • bsrosell
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    thanks to all! Good advice. I will check around. My neighborhood tranny rebuilder gave me Hampton's name as "the best", but doesn't necessarily mean they are the only show in town.
    thanks again.

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  • 61Lark
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    Barry, you might want to give Bob Ziff a call and see if he can rebuild it. I bought a rebuilt torque converter for an Avanti from him about 5 years ago and I believe it was around $200.

    http://www.studebaker-info.org/vendors/ziff.jpg

    Nick

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  • studebaker-R2-4-me
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    Originally posted by bsrosell View Post
    wondering if it is typical to rebuild the torque converter when rebuilding the engine and transmission? Since my car was not driveable when I got it, I don't know if the torque converter had any issues or not, but it looks in good shape, teeth of ring gear are pretty good, etc... Hampton Converters will rebuild mine for $350. Enough of a chunk to make me pause and wonder if it is really necessary, do they "go bad" or are they pretty robust and generally useable without a rebuild?
    Any method to check them out, considering it is a welded unit and generally inaccessable for viewing the internals? This is from my '57 Golden Hawk.
    thanks!
    What was the oil like in the torque converter? Smelly? burnt? Did you lose the transmission and have small filings of metal in the oil? These are the questions that you have to ask yourself.
    If you are unsure I would have it rebuilt as an insurance policy... Have you ever taken a transmission out of a Stude when the drive train is brand new? It's a pain in the @ss, I know because I had to do it on my brand new drivetrain when a rebuilt transmission that failed. You have to block up the engine, remove the batwing, drop the engine to get to the top bolt on the bellhousing, jack the engine back up. It will take you a better part of 35 hours working on your back with the car 18" in the air to take everything out and put it all back together again just because you did not look into the torque converter.
    I did not chance using the same torque converter. I bought a rebuilt one in a box as insurance that I would not have to do it again.

    From what I understand $350 is a bit high to pay for a rebuild. Check around. Dave Arnold was telling me a few weeks ago that his guy in Ohio charges much less. I know up here it runs $250 and from what Dave was telling me, $250 was too much to have to pay.

    Shop around.

    Allen

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  • 63r2
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    They should be able to check whether it's in good order or not. I paid $200 for mine to be rebuilt with extra stall, yes I'm in Australia, but surely they are cheaper to do then $350. Maybe check a few other converter specialists out. The problem with not rebuilding or getting it tested is that you might have to pull it out once the gearbox is installed and that would be painful.

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  • bsrosell
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    Torque Converter: rebuild?

    wondering if it is typical to rebuild the torque converter when rebuilding the engine and transmission? Since my car was not driveable when I got it, I don't know if the torque converter had any issues or not, but it looks in good shape, teeth of ring gear are pretty good, etc... Hampton Converters will rebuild mine for $350. Enough of a chunk to make me pause and wonder if it is really necessary, do they "go bad" or are they pretty robust and generally useable without a rebuild?
    Any method to check them out, considering it is a welded unit and generally inaccessable for viewing the internals? This is from my '57 Golden Hawk.
    thanks!
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