Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

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Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  frank13 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:55 am

It what al my ford buddies recommend to put in the stang when i go auto.....

why is this?

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  dfree383 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:22 am

Light weight, Parts Avaliable, 2 speed has advantages in drag racing with big blocks.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  frank13 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:45 am

So is this a BETTER choice for a trans in an 02 stang?

I think I want to replace the manual (6 speed) next year and am wanting to start gaining a suitable trans to rebuild over the next few monthes.....

is there a known parts list that needs to be replaced, or a trans from a specific car?

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  dfree383 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:58 am

depends on the useage, you have several options, GM Powerglide, GM th 350/400, Ford C6/C4 and AOD.......

Street use I'd stick with a 3 or 4 speed depending on HP and weight. Drag race only a PG is a good choice.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  jbozzelle on Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:02 am

Crapshoot on a street deal. Any 3 speed would be good depending on the engine's output.

For drag only a Glide is the only way to go. The higher first gear kills some of the effect of the torque which will actually help the car launch nice and easy.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  richter69 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:30 pm

Never understood why you guys think a 2 speed would suck on the street..in a tow rig yes, in a car with some power no..........you get in high gear it done matter anyhow.

If your gonna build for the future and are starting from zero put it into a good powerglide.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  frank13 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:54 pm

mainly a strip car, some street use though for the local cruises, and the occasional late night romp here and there.....


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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  56Tbird on Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:04 pm

I am with Ricther on this. I think the Glide would make a killer set up for a street car. Both my race cars feel street friendly riding around in the pits or on the road here at home. I may put one in my 66 Comet when I redo it. I'm hoping for a liberty 5 speed ,but don't see it in the budget affraid king

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  dfree383 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:29 pm

IMO with the 3 speed on the street you can go with a higher gear (say 3.55 due to the lower 1st gear) and be able to run down the highway with out reving the piss out of your motor with say a glide and 4.56`s....... and still get good perfromance.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  richter69 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:57 pm

I drive my junk around the pits in high gear.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  whitefield on Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:39 pm

Beauty is all in the eyes of the beholder! Smile lol! Run whatever makes you happy ! If it is a street car go with three speed and 3.70 gear out back! If it is is a street car with a power glide run 4.56 gears and scream down the high way! Race car street car it doesn't matter run what makes you feel warm and fuzzy not what someone telling you to run! Later Dude cheers Basketball

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  whatbumper on Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:10 pm

I run glides because of parts availability, proven reliability, and lastly because EVERY car I put one in goes faster. As far as gears are concerned seems like the less gear I put in cars the faster they seem to go. On my nitrous combo I tried everything from 3.70-4.30 and the 3.70's were about a tenth faster in the 1/8th and we are going to 3.50's this winter on the turbo ride. Both of those were with a glide of course. Well, we like to call it our two speed to separate the Chebby connection. Laughing

Like Jon, we drive it how we want around the pits. We also only do high gear burn outs.

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  cool40 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:45 pm

the glide can have it's place.parts are very easy to have and if you dont buy some good parts you'll be buyen them later.a c6 would be my choice in a 3-3500lb streetable car unless i wanted to spend the jack for a "good" glide.just the bell setup to bolt it to your bbf will cost enough to dam near build a c6.JMO good luck Smile

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  bluovldude on Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:13 am

[quote="jbozzelle"]Crapshoot on a street deal. Any 3 speed would be good depending on the engine's output.

For drag only a Glide is the only way to go. The higher first gear kills some of the effect of the torque which will actually help the car launch nice and easy. [/i'm with you on this one.quote]

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Re: Why is th Powerglide such a popular trans for Ford guys?

Post  61coon on Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:36 pm

Yeah,I've been going back and forth on the C-4 vs. Glide deal myself.I can get a glide for the same amount of $$$ or maybe a little cheaper than the cost of building a C-4. And already have the glide for when i step up the program with my big engine.About a $1300.00 saving vs. building 2 Trans.---RED

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