I agree..... As most know the car I traded the Opel for was an El Camino. I had a built SBC 358ci hooked to a 5 speed. I was a ton FUN to drive. Now the Opel has built-up TF350. A little trade-off!!!! Plus my wife wants to drag race it (with me as the pit crew.... Ha!!!!).I'm still not a fan of Powerglides, but I do see their benefits on a strictly drag car. For a street strip car I'd rather have more gears, and in today's economy I'd really like a 4 spd. auto over a 3 spd. like all my cars have now. Many of the newer 4 spd. autos not only have a overdrive top gear, but 1st gear is lower for a better launch. Whenever my TH350 goes south in the Austin I'll probably go with a 700R4.
Thanks Mark for the info. My first car was '61 Chevy ragtop (red)..... It had a powerglide and as well a '67 SS Camaro ..... today my wife drives a Avalanche with the trans/engine that switches to either to a V6 or V4 depending on the demand placed on the engine to maintain speed. I know the 1st attempt with this technology (Caddy and???) was a bust. But the modern day version is really something. You would never know it was switching except for the status mode info on the dash board.In my discussion I mentioned the torque multiplication of the converter. That is what makes the powerglide so popular in a big torque/horsepower/light car. The high first gear of the powerglide makes the torque converter stay in the stall range longer to use the torque multiplication longer. But I totally agree that 3 gears is much better in a street application. Mark L