I've been researching glide cases lately. Looked at all of them. Most of you have seen the pics of my stock glide case. When I broke the crank a couple of months ago it locked the motor for a split second and broke the bellhousing off the trans. When it goes back togethe rit will be with an aftermarket case.
I like the one piece cases better for my application. Just less to go wrong. David, are you still planning on the adapter plate?
My choices in order:
1. BTE Magnum case. Very similar to the Dedenbear/Reid 1 pc case. A few diffs though. No steel liner needed (like the new Reid 2 pc and Ultracase), some oem passages at the rear are eliminated (weak spot for Dedenbear/Reid) BTE also has a roller bearing installed at the rear. Dedenbear/Reid has one as a $100 option
2. Dedenbear/Reid one pc. Many thousands out there. Proven piece
3. ATI 2 pc. I like how the bell is located off soemthign other than the pump bolts.
4. Reid 2 pc. I like the idea/look, but seeing the problems Chris had with converter spacing I'll stay away until they change it to stock spacing.
5. JW Ultra system. I really don't care for the way the bell is mounted via only the 5/16 pump bolts. I know of at least 2 members of this board who had to have the starter bolt holes relocated due to improper spacing. To be be honest, JW left a bad taste with me when I had two of them during my small block days that leaked. They told me there was nothing they could do.
As far as internals, mine are BTE. 1.80 straight cut, hardened input, Pro Tree transbrake, clutch hun, etc.
David, because of where you live I would go with PTC or BTE for the internals. Both use quality stuff and just as important, both are close by if you need service. PTC is only a couple of hours away and BTE is next day with UPS ground.
If you are starting from scratch, something like this would be perfect: