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Hey guys, I've got an LQ9 on its way to swap out with my 396 in my 1969 C-10 SWB. The 396 was mated to a 700r4 and I planned on reusing it to avoid buying a new drive shaft, shift linkage, etc. However the new motor is drive by wire and has no location to hook up the 700r4 TV cable.
These are my options as I see them:
1: Sell the dbw throttle body and pedal assembly, buy a cable driven throttle body, and buy an LS1 TV cable conversion kit - cost - about $175
2: Convert the 700r4 with a manual valve body - cost $350ish plus install
3: Sell the 396 and 700r4 as a combo, buy a drop out 4L60,65,or 80e, buy new driveshaft and adapt the shift linkage. cost - dependant on sale of motor/trans, but might would break even.
The simplist and most practical is probably option one, but I was pretty set on having DBW. Also, is the time, hassle, and money involved in going with a modern 4l65 or 80 worth the tuneability of the electronic controls?
One more question - does anyone know the differences between the shift linkage hook ups in a modern 4l65 as opposed to a 700r4, would i need to change the truck linkage?
All opinions are welcome, let me know what you think.