Thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely skip A and B, and just drill the seperator plate to 96 specs. I'm trying to use the 96 trans because...
1.) It was free.
2.) It had only 500 miles (out of wrecked 96 crown vic police car)
3.) Should work with 93 or 94 Mark VIII computer with no issues or wiring changes, plus the MLPS is the red gasket one.
4.) The 1" longer ext. housing fits my application perfectly (57 TBird) and allows use of a shorter stock 57 driveshaft.
I bought the kit from DR almost a year ago. At the time, I didn't know about this site, plus I admit I hadn't done enough research on the subject.
Also, the PI converter is a 3 disk, that was bought seperately, off ebay
In going through the kit I received, I seem to have all the bands, clutches, bearings, and seals. I have all the hardware for the tailshaft lube. I have the hardened intermediate shaft. I also have all the gaskets, plus the Art Carr instructions for drilling out the seperator plate, plus those extra parts (spring and plug from my original post) that I won't use. I also have the accumulators (the good ones), but no new springs. Cost from DR was under $500. Did I get ripped?
Looks like if I still want to use the 96 trans I'll still need to get a MD, and possibly springs for the accumulators.
Once I get the transmission completely dissassembled, I'll lay all the old and new parts side by side, and use the Trans 101 and Building a Bulitproof 4r70w articles to see what else is missing.
Let me rephrase the question. Assuming I would like to stay with the 96 trans. What else do I need, other than the MD and springs mentioned above (and of course a large plate-style tranny cooler) to support 400 HP?
Last edited by 57TBird; 02-25-2005 at 07:51 AM.