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Old 08-21-2017, 06:58 AM   #11
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Link - how to check converter stall speed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSmdDX3T1l8

Compare rpm specs for a stock converter.

If the engine has a lumpy cam & will idle ok in gear you have a loose converter.
That was an interesting video. Will have to try that. Thanks. My car does have a lumpy cam and will idle all day in drive. I'm not sure what you mean by "loose converter". Yesterday, I looked at the modulator valve and it is of the adjustable type. According to what I read on line, I turned the screw 2 full turns clockwise. Went out for a ride. There is an improvement. The shift from 1st to 2nd, could be a little longer, but it is better, and the 2nd to 3rd shift, is much better. Think I'll just drive the car for a while before anymore adjustments or changes.
That was interesting Bruce as to why Pontiac uses 5 plus 1 on an oil change with filter. Six quarts vs. 4 and 1 with many other V-8's. Never knew there was an issue with oil returning to the pan. As mentioned above, had the car out for about an hour ride yesterday. Rides and handles nice for being 46 years old. It just doesn't have the spunk I think it should have. Had an original '71 Quadrajet rebuilt, which was expensive, and I think maybe this is holding it back some. I honestly don't think the cam is doing it any favors either. I'd almost guarantee its stock compression at 8.2:1 and some idiot threw in one of those lumpy Comp Cams for affect. It just doesn't feel like 300 plus hp. It also has a 3.55 rear gear ratio which should get it up and going decently. Then again, maybe it's just me. I'm expecting too much. I know the transmission has a front seal leak and will have to come out for seal replacement. That will give me a chance to look at the converter. Still not sure what to do about the cam. Might very well be a winter project. We'll see, Carmine.
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