Going Level 3
Our 427 puts out quite a bit of torque, so we wanted to make sure we had a transmission that was up to the task. We talked to Zach Farah of Gearstar Performance Transmission in Akron, Ohio, and he steered us towards their Level Three TH350 transmission. They also take pride in their assembly procedure. “At Gearstar, our transmissions are built and dyno-tested by the same master builder from start to finish. The trans and converter are tested as a package equivalent of 100 street-driven miles before it leaves the shop.” remarked Zach. The level three trans is conservatively rated at over 500 hp and features ALTO Redline racing frictions, hardened Kolene steels, high load intermediate sprag, and a TransGo competition reprogramming shift kit. In short, this is the good stuff. Here are a few shots they snapped of our transmission going together.
How’s this for a before and after shot? The engine bay looks great and is a far cry from the mess we started out with. Twist Machine’s Billet Core Support Bars add some nice flair. If you want to see, and more importantly hear, a video of Project Orange Krate firing up for the first time, then go to You Tube and do a search for “Orange Krate Camaro”. It’s almost a shame to install mufflers.