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    1960 Pontiac Catalina

    So I just picked up this 1960 Pontiac Catalina. It's got a 389 with a 2bbl rochester and hydra matic transmission. My plan is a 60's custom, Watson style.
    My question right now is the transmission won't shift into drive, as engine rpm goes up, it slips out of gear and won't engage again until rpm goes down, but will never shift into drive. Should I try and get it rebuilt? Or swap for a t400?
    If I swap, anyone got a line on a good trans?
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    Last edited by A A Ron; 06-30-2017 at 08:25 PM.

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    Is it a hydromatic?
    Have you checked the pressures yet? I would check the torque converter and front pump first.

    Wilco does make and adaptor to put in a late model BOP but i like the hydromatic, If you lucky you can find yourself a hydro stick


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    Pontiacs are awesome -- I've been collecting parts to put a 389 in my coupe. I'm with Patrick though, try to get the hydro working first if you can.

    If you have to go the adapter route, it gets a little $pendy. Those early Pontiac motors (pre-64 I think) have a trans/bell mounted starter, which drives up the cost of the adapters because they're not quite as simple as a later style BOP to Chex bell adapter. In general, do some in depth reading on these motors before you start buying parts. There is a lot of interchange available, but there are also critical differences in early and late motors. Don't ask me how I know this...
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    Hopefully John from Chicago chimes in. I think that's the same trans he has in his Buick and he just learned a bunch of stuff about them. He lost reverse and figured out how to fix it and then put thousand so miles on it.
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    That's what I'm hoping, I'd love to keep it as is. Just track down some literature and start reading....

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    Fuck yes, Pat that's what I need!!

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    It you need a trans rebuilt,i got a guy that does excellent work cheap.He is in Stockton near Ed Lopez's casa
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    I have a dynaslow in the Buick. Different beast.

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    Check what you got, rebuild if need be, but don't you dare change it. You'll regret getting rid of that beautiful tranfigulatirotormatron.
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