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I'm trying to find out if I'm getting ripped off here or not. I've ordered a transmission and fluids and they are getting shipped out.

I don't have the knowledge or tools to do the swap myself so was going to have a shop do it. I am getting quoted between 600-700 so far. Is that right? Does it actually cost that much to take out one transmission, replace the other?
 

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Carl,
My shop charges 375 for a transmission R and R on our cars. 5 hours is about what the book time is for these units to be replaced.

We charge right at 75 an hour. WIth that being said, most of the time i charge less than that because we do it so much we can do it in much less time.
 

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I can have em out in the right conditoins in 30 minutes or less.
I done one on my roadmaster in & out in 65 minutes with vehicle ready to roll.
 

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I can have em out in the right conditoins in 30 minutes or less.
I done one on my roadmaster in & out in 65 minutes with vehicle ready to roll.

Tell me your using a 2 post lift? THAT is really quick!
 

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I can have em out in the right conditoins in 30 minutes or less.
I done one on my roadmaster in & out in 65 minutes with vehicle ready to roll.


Yes but he was asking how much to expect to pay. When someone comes into where you work, do you only flag 1 hour of labor because you are super tech? Or do you charge the book rate?
 

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I'm in southeast michigan. If you are interested you bring booze, & whores & you can watch me wrench on my "386" stroker.


If someone was to call for a price on labor I would tell them $300.00. The reason being is I might have more about three hours of total labor into the job & have to pay a tech's wages & who know what kind of mess you can get into if you do not know the car.
I have had bell-housing bolts get seized before & the trans & engine won't seperate without some major help.
 

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I'm trying to find out if I'm getting ripped off here or not. I've ordered a transmission and fluids and they are getting shipped out.

I don't have the knowledge or tools to do the swap myself so was going to have a shop do it. I am getting quoted between 600-700 so far. Is that right? Does it actually cost that much to take out one transmission, replace the other?
That is double what I paid
 

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I paid $400 (swap tranny, install new converter, all fluids)
 

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In the glove box of my 95 9C1, I found a recipt for when he had the trans swapped with a unit he had rebuilt on the side. It cost him about $300-$350 total, for the swap. This was in Chicago are, which I would think would be higher than some other rural areas.

If I did one, I would charge around $200-250. Rust belt cars SUCK, and I don't care for air tools. So it takes me a little longer than others.
 

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In the glove box of my 95 9C1, I found a recipt for when he had the trans swapped with a unit he had rebuilt on the side. It cost him about $300-$350 total, for the swap. This was in Chicago are, which I would think would be higher than some other rural areas.

If I did one, I would charge around $200-250. Rust belt cars SUCK, and I don't care for air tools. So it takes me a little longer than others.

x2 i hate air tools so takes me longer then a hour.

ive done a couple 4l60E swaps never charged person more then 200 bucks just to easy.at 600-700 i would buy a new tool set,jack,jack stands and learn to do it myself.
 

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I wouldn't mind trying to learn it myself....although since I'm going to a non-stock transmission and an 1800-2000RPM stall do I need to have the PCM reprogrammed as well?
 

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If the valvebody in the trans has been modified, it would be wise to use a stock trans line pressure command trable in the PCM. It could be adjusted a little bit in some areas, but you don't want to send the pressure through the roof, and then run the risk of cracking things. Most builders suggest a stock trans pressure table.

1800-2000 is not much higher than the 1400 stock. That is pretty much an S-10/Vette converter in a B-body. You should really not need any tuning for it. I highly doubt you will have "Stall Wall", with that tiny increase.
 

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I jhad a national chain "Cottman transmisson" do my R&R for a built trans I bought.

They charged a set price they had listed for the my car.

I think it was $275 plus fuldis and the tech who did it told me it only took about 30 min to get it out.
 

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If the valvebody in the trans has been modified, it would be wise to use a stock trans line pressure command trable in the PCM. It could be adjusted a little bit in some areas, but you don't want to send the pressure through the roof, and then run the risk of cracking things. Most builders suggest a stock trans pressure table.

1800-2000 is not much higher than the 1400 stock. That is pretty much an S-10/Vette converter in a B-body. You should really not need any tuning for it. I highly doubt you will have "Stall Wall", with that tiny increase.
what is stall wall
 

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Carl,
My shop charges 375 for a transmission R and R on our cars. 5 hours is about what the book time is for these units to be replaced.

We charge right at 75 an hour. WIth that being said, most of the time i charge less than that because we do it so much we can do it in much less time.
Where are you located
 
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