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Transmission Issues
Hello everyone! Long time no talk. It has been awhile since I have been on here. I am planning to be on here now more often.

I am having some transmission issues on my 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z/Z28. I had my transmission rebuilt back in '05 by a transmission shop in Walnut Creek, CA. I had asked this transmission shop to build the transmission to handle 400 horse power since my engine has about 330 horse power at the crank. I had no issues with the transmission until this year. Back in April of this year a band broke causing the transmission to lose 2nd and 4th gears. That costed me $970 then.  Three weeks ago a servo clip broke. That costed me $205. That very night after I had received my car back from the transmission shop in Walnut Creek, the car started shifting strangely much in the same way as it had when it had the broken servo clip. I assumed that the servo clip had broken again. I figured it was the same thing. When I took it back a few days later to the transmission shop in Walnut Creek, they took apart the transmission and according to them, everything looked fine inside. They assumed that I must have a internal crack or fracture, in the transmission case. They said that it would cost me $1000 to replace the transmission case. I asked them to put it back together. I then took my Camaro to another shop to get a second opinion. I took it to Golden Gate Transmission in Pleasanton, CA. This is where the car is now. I have had Golden Gate Transmissions rebuild other transmissions on other cars of mine in the past. I trust them because of that and because of the fact that they have been around for like 40 years and have a good service record. They took apart the transmission and found out that the input drum split apart ruining all eleven clutches and the pump in the transmission. They also have to send out the torque converter because the fluid in it is all burned. They did not find any internal cracks, or fractures, in the transmission case. They said it will cost $2,200 to fix. I do not have that kind of money so I do not know what I can do about the situation. I need my car for work. If I cannot work because of my car, then I cannot pay my bills. This is not good news. Golden Gate Transmission said that they maybe able to set up a payment plan for me. They said we could talk about that this coming Monday. (They were not there today.)

I called the transmission shop in Walnut Creek today and the owner of the business said that the car should not even be drivable with a broken input drum. I am going to have the owner of Golden Gate Transmission, Greg, the lead tech working on my car, talk to the owner of Walnut Creek Transmission this coming Monday about the situation.

Greg at Golden Gate transmissions said that they always reinforce the input drums that they install. I think that the transmission shop in Walnut Creek should have done the same since I had paid them $3,200 back in 2005 to rebuilt the transmission to handle 400 horse power. I guess I will see what happens on Monday. Thanks for reading this. I would appreciate any advice, words of wisdom, or comments.

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Thanks Giving
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New Job!
Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago I obtained a new job as a writer for Examiner.com. I am a Porsche Examiner. So far, I have been enjoying the job a lot! I love writing and the next best thing to that is my automotive interest. It is the best of both worlds! Sorry it has been soooo long since I have posted anything here. I have just been so busy with other things. I plan to be here regularly now to see how everyone is doing. Click on the links below to see some of my recent articles!



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Guest Bathroom Remodel
last night I decided to tackle the horrid wall paper in my guest bathroom. What was my grandfather and grandmother thinking when they installed it in 1973? Even though I was using a spray remover called, "DIF", it was still incredibly difficult to remove. It only took me about seven hours to to the whole bathroom last night. Now I have to clean the walls, fix a wall that is out of plumb, texture, and paint. Then I need to replace the floor with new travertine 12" tiles, new wood base cove,  sand down the cabinets and re-stain them, replace the light fixture with a more modern one, and new towel racks. The bathroom looks so much better just with the hideous wall paper gone. I am sure you all can't wait to see it when it is done. I know I can't wait.

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