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I hate costs today

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    So I'm looking for a cheap th400 or I'll have to get a rebuild kit and attempt it myself..

    pick a part wont tell me anything other than "go to the yard" not even if they pull them before or not

    one parts place refers me to another, who refers me to another, who is an hour away

    then I find one for $450 just pulled, no rebuild, and a 2 month warranty

    I decide to drive around asking local shops how much to rebuild a th400

    first one says, normally 1200 or so, but since your bringing it in we will take off the installation and uninstallation costs (5 hours labor charges, what a crock) which is $360, so its still 835 or so

    i go to another shop, awesome guy, normal guy and friendly, wanted to help me out, He just rebuilds them and puts them on the shelf so he can just swap them out. but still 800$

    So i'm probably buying a $265 race rebuild kit with kevlar belts and steel clutches... damn prices
     
  2. R72K5

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    another option, and one that could save a good chunk, find a good shape 2wd one and have the tailshaft swapped out for the 4x4 one,

    should be alot less labor cost than rebuilding one,

    or should be, and should be able to buy a 2wd one for considerably less than a 4x4 one


    but then the K case factor,

    hmm


    good luck
     
  3. 1985_K5_Silverado

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    They were just as bad a couple of decades ago when I was in my early twenties. Being a steet racer type gearhead was something that I had the desire to do, but not enough income to do it without cutting corners. I often ran into the same things as you have with that Caddy 500 - build a hotter motor, which breaks the weakest link, pay to replace what you broke (and with better stuff), and then the next weakest link breaks, repeat, repeat, repeat. I can afford to do it now without running low on funds, but back then it cleaned out my bank account on a regular basis.:mad:
     
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    To bad you live soo far away, i just dropped off the th350 to a guy this past sat., who rebuilds them and gives you a new stock converter and a warrenty all for $300. And yes a 400 is the same price
     
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    Branndon when i get home i'll get you the number of the place that did mine. pretty good prices. they are in Beaumont or bloomington area.
     
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    WOW I just paid $500 for a NEW and I do mean NEW Th350 K Model for my Blazer last December. It was Brand NEW not rebuilt. I got it from Advance Auto Parts. It works awesome. Makes my older Th350 look like crap.
    Thanks
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  7. JpEater

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    Man I guess I am getting a good deal from my transmission guy! The last TH400 he built a few weeks ago and it only cost me $250 with a reman converter. I guess it does pay to stick with the same person.
     
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    Swap in the 465:D. It will be a lot better when you can burn rubber in all gears.:D
     
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    I know where your at, there just as bad up here!!! 950.00:doah::eek1: if I bring it in out of the vehicle:mad: makes me want to switch careers
     
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    the local shop out here charges $250 for a rebuild and $350 if they pull it and put it back. glad i don't live in cali.
     
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    those are good prices! I just dont see 800$ in labor on this thing.
     
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    try your local craigslist.com page... found a couple of them there...

    j
     
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    i just got my th350 rebuilt for 300 and its $350 for a 400. reman converter and full rebuild inside it. And awesome work at that...
     
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    i tried craigs list, but here in orange county, its all ricer cars and newer vehicles, no th400's anywhere
     
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    Im in the same boat. I just dont want to spend that much to get it rebuilt cuz I could use that for tubing or what not. That is why I am buying pieces off of ebay and going to try it myself. I bought a book the Ryan B told me helped him when he did the one in his camaro. Besides if I get stuck or lost Ill just bug him. :D
     
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    I was in a similar situation about rebuilding my th400. I wound up letting the company I worked for at the time try out their new trans switch kit (th400 in place of an sm465). I watched my idiot boss build the tranny and I about knocked myself out since it was so simple. True you will need a way to compress a couple of parts in it but you could use a press if need too. I say build it yourself that is what I am going to do next time.

    and by the way you have to pull all the guts out to switch tailshafts so why not rebuild.
     

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