Just another follow-up. The BW8 continues to leak significantly and intermittently, and I’m going to condemn it. A reputable local transmission shop owner said that with the old hard seals, I’m not likely to make do without a rebuild. So, sometime in the next month, I’m going to pull the engine and transmission and replace the BW with a GM700r4/John’s Cars kit that I recently acquired. It will require modification of the right side of the tunnel, but it doesn’t look to me that it will be too bad with the drive train out. Besides the overdrive, the GM has a lower first band range which should help with performance off the line. Otherwise, I will likely be struggling with transmission issues forever.
I’ve heard a rumor of one car having been done in California, but have no specific information. If anyone knows more, please share. I will post when I get into it. There will be the scuttle and heater box repair when I have everything apart, so it will take some time. Currently, I have the nasty old carpets and underfelts stripped and will be replacing them along with the door cards and headliner.