So glad you got it rebuilt at home. I've done a C4, a C6 and a GM turbo350. I even built tools to compress the clutch pack springs to make it easier to put in new ones.
I think the days of finding $50 T5's on Craigslist are long gone. When I checked a few months ago, they are no where to be found even at wrecking yards. I was looking at a $5k-$6k quote from Modern Driveline for all the parts I need (including a new T5). That makes rebuilding the C4 a bit more palatable even if all you end up with is 3 speeds.I’m in the SF Bay Area and had my c4 rebuild I think I was around 900. That was probably 10 years ago. I TOTALLY REGRET it. As others have said the c4 isn’t a very good transmission. I have since done a T-5 conversation by myself in my garage. Best thing I’ve ever done. I got a used t5 off Craigslist for 50 bucks and the rest of the parts from modern driveline. The car is so much more enjoyable to drive. Don’t waste your time or money on the c4 go with the t5 or an AOD. (Unless you’re going for a 100% original restoration)
I agree 6k would make me think the c4 rebuild is worth it from a cost prospective. I would still say take your time and keep looking everyday and a deal will pop up. Be patient and the reward at the end will be well worth it. Also I would just buy what you have to from modern driveline (like the clutch cable) everything else you can find much cheaper. I drove with the c4 for over 10 years. 1 day of driving with the t5 was better then all 10 years combined with the c4.I think the days of finding $50 T5's on Craigslist are long gone. When I checked a few months ago, they are no where to be found even at wrecking yards. I was looking at a $5k-$6k quote from Modern Driveline for all the parts I need (including a new T5). That makes rebuilding the C4 a bit more palatable even if all you end up with is 3 speeds.
Did you do the work on your C4 or have it done? I've been procrastinating for a couple years but really need to fix mine.ALC,
I would suggest you drive a well prepped sbf/c4 before you discard the idea of rebuilding yours.
With just a few mods, kolene clutches, shift kit & servo, they can be very ”fun” to drive. I am in SoCal as well. Our 66 is setup that way currently. You are welcome to stop by and try it out if you are on the fence. Feel free to pm me.
Good luck! If I can do it so can you. It was easier than I thought it would be. I think it’s probably one of the simplest auto trans ever made. Make sure to buy the Bad Shoe video and post on this thread with any questionsThis is the greatest thread!
Amazing how some things just arrive at the correct time...... I have a leaker that needs attention.
I love doing my own work, but have always been intimated by transmissions. I’ve always viewed trans techs as “genius”.
With a number of items on my car that need some love, I’m not in a position to purchase a replacement trans or have a “genius” rebuild it.
The resources shared in this thread look super and there are some good tips and suggestions.