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Post  kjett on December 21st 2015, 10:11 am

Decisions, decisions. Debating on making the leap to a powerglide in my mud truck. In looking at the options, the "stock" case glides are cheaper with the same parts as the 2 piece cases with the correct bell package to mount to our BBF's. So for those running glides, is there an advantage to get the 2 piece case to bolt directly to the block or should I just get the 1 piece case with the adapter plates and save a little?
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Post  jbozzelle on December 21st 2015, 12:57 pm

I have the ATI case/ Ford bell on mine and it seems OK. Haven't ran it yet in the car but it was in a dragster with a GM bell and worked fine. The Ford bell has the starter holes, register, etc...

If you do decide to go the adapter plate route I'd get with Keith Fulp and have him make you one...

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Post  cool40 on December 21st 2015, 2:51 pm

Reid two piece glide! I have had no problems at all with mine with a lot of hard passes on it,6500 off the tb. The reason I went two piece is resale. Take the bell off and it's just a pg for anybody else.
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Post  69F100 on December 21st 2015, 8:27 pm

I cut the bell off mine and used the bolt on bell that bolts to the pump
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Post  Curt on December 22nd 2015, 1:33 pm

If you go with the glide pattern, you can find one at any race track if you get in a bind. Not so much with a Ford bell.
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Post  dfree383 on December 22nd 2015, 3:06 pm

Get the aftermarket GM style case and use an adaptor plate, Better resale later.

Don't waste your time with the stock case and OEM gear stuff, youre beyond that already
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Post  kjett on December 23rd 2015, 8:13 am

dfree383 wrote:Get the aftermarket GM style case and use an adaptor plate, Better resale later.

Don't waste your time with the stock case and OEM gear stuff, youre beyond that already

Yeah, I knew I was beyond the factory case stuff. Just wondering what was easier to deal with.

So, on the adapter plates that I've looked at it seems you bolt the plate to the block with counter sink bolts then there are studs from the plate back to the bell. Does this take the place of the midplate as well?
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Post  Curt on December 23rd 2015, 2:03 pm

kjett wrote: Does this take the place of the midplate as well?

Yes/no. I have seen them both ways. I would recommend using the adapter as a midplate. You can also use a (cough cough) Chevy converter. All you need to do is have spacers made the width of your plate.
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Post  dfree383 on December 23rd 2015, 3:17 pm

Curt wrote:
kjett wrote: Does this take the place of the midplate as well?

Yes/no.   I have seen them both ways.  I would recommend using the adapter as a midplate.  You can also use a (cough cough) Chevy converter. All you need to do is have spacers made the width of your plate.

Or order the convertor built for the width of the plate.
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Post  Curt on December 24th 2015, 2:27 pm

dfree383 wrote:

Or order the convertor built for the width of the plate.

Yeah, I'm meaning, you can use any Chevy converter with the proper spacing. Some people are lucky enough to find a shelf item that will work for their combo.
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