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Old 10-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by War_Wagon View Post
I don't think a lock up torque converter would be a good idea in something that heavy with that much torque. If you only engaged it on the flats at cruising speed it probably wouldn't hurt anything, but that big 455 twisting against 7000 pounds will murder the transmission on any kind of hill with the converter in lockup.
Dry weight 3-4000 lbs; touring weight 4500-5800 lbs.

A Buick Park Avenue's curb weight can be 3800 lbs. They have lock-up converters. Come to think of it, full-size pickups do too.

I wonder why this one weighs 7000 lbs when the Ultravan site says what I quoted above?

If a little Corvair engine can move that thing down the road, I'm sure a nice GM 3800 engine/trans combo with OD and locking converter would move it down the road even more nicely, and who knows, maybe it could break into the 20's mpgs.
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