Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Devore Hts, Calif...FIRE COUNTRY
still best to use the type of torque converter that has LEGS welded on so that you can install a grade 8 hardened -3/8 bolt and nut....
the "shim" that has been spoken about is only if the front pump in trans has been altered or if you are using a mid motor / trand mount that spaces the trans away from the engine block more than the stock deflector shield.
many of the 10 inch or so diameter converters do not have room to use "legs" because the bellhousing / ring gear is relativly small....
I have gone down the road that you are only now about to travel.
tires are the great equalizer
a degree wheel, EIGHT INCH dial caliper & adjustable pushrods should be just as normal as a 1/2" wrench in your toolbox
there aint no shortcuts to doing it RIGHT....