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Old 07-02-2019, 06:54 PM
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I will be shipping my cast iron C1 powerglide across the country and I thought I read somewhere there is a way to lock the torque converter in place for shipping. Anyone has any experience or suggestions on this?

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Old 07-02-2019, 08:45 PM
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Can't you just bolt a bar across the bell housing to keep the torque converter from falling out?
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:08 AM
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Bolt a strap across the tranny mounting flange.

For shipping, get a cheap plastic cooler from Walmart (not a styrofoam one!), wrap the tranny in bubble wrap and slide it in for a tight fit. Then wrap the lid to the body of the cooler with strapping tape. I’ve done this many times. No need to build a crate or fool with other shipping containers.
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Drain it first, and rely good! "This side up' doesn't work!

You don't want it to end up in the "package leaks" pile.
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:17 PM
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I recently shipped a 1957 powerglide from California to Alabama. I built a pallet, if I recall correctly, which was 24" x 32" and used plumbers tape to strap it down with construction screws. Worked just fine. Whatever you do, make sure it can be moved with a forklift. The weight of mine with the pallet was approximately 250 lbs.
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:48 AM
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This is all you need to hold the T.C. in place, just a think flat bar with a bend in it.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:17 PM
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I haven't shipped anything big recently (shipped a turbo 350 a few years back) but I believe the major shippers have a 150 lb. max. Most of them have freight for heavier/larger items. Don't rule out Greyhound too if departure and arrival sites are reasonably close. If a cast iron PG is close to 150, shipping the TC separately could be considered.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:58 PM
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I shipped an aluminum powerglide (62') without the torque converter via Greyhound strapped to a cutdown plywood pallet four years ago. Shipped from LA to Dallas with no problems and less than a week transit time. Worked out great and was much easier and cheaper than a freight line shipment.
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