The hot rodding spirit was built on the do-it-yourself mentality in an era where pioneering ingenuity reigned supreme. If you didn’t have a part for your vehicle, chances are you you made it from scratch. If you didn’t require the skills to complete a job, tough. While building and maintaining classic vehicles has essentially remained the same, it is easier to find knowledge on the things you aren’t as familiar with.
With internet forums bustling with constant, sometimes overwhelming, activity from enthusiasts, an aftermarket chocked-full of off-the-shelf parts, a slew of magazines that support nearly any enthusiast and YouTube.com channels that showcase the hobby, discovering the necessary know-how is quite easy.
These days, while not everybody is versed in the detail, skills or patience it takes to rebuild an engine or a transmission, bolting together the primary drivetrain components of nearly any vehicle is quite easy. If the engine and transmission are already out of the vehicle, well, things just got a whole lot simpler.
For ChevyHardcore.com readers, an affordable small-block Chevy and new or second-hand TH400 or 700-R4 transmission are not only affordable but easy to wrench. Additionally, so many were produced; making aftermarket parts for them readily available.
Case in point, the YouTube.com video we surfaced just recently. Relying on the internet for do-it-yourself tips is not a new trend either. Unfortunately, most installation articles don’t provide a lot of step-by-step coverage, which only makes discovering videos like this that much more valuable.
While we won’t give away all of what the footage has to offer (you’ll have to click play), we can mention that while the video is slightly dated and not a high-quality production, however, it can provide the entry-level novice with some tips and tricks along the way when installing a torque converter and transmission combination to the back of an engine. Of course, the methods remain the same when the combo is in the car.