the electric jimmy will weight close to 4500 pounds, and its heavy but from my days as a semi truck driver driving a 80,000 pound truck a heavy vehicle is nothing to me and Id rather enjoy it
as far as the 4 speed transmission I would like to use 1st 2nd and 3rd. 4th would be to far out of reach for me unless I add a second motor and have twin 10 inch motors to get me up to 100.
having paddle shifters would be fine. Ive seen shift kits for the 4L60E that allow you to shift when you want. It will hold any gear for as long as you want it. I could even have the motor controller send a signal to tell the transmission to shift.
Ive read tat the 4L60E has an emergency feature when the transmission would only have 2nd and 3rd, reverse and park. that would actually be the way I would want it, and have the motor controller shift from 2nd to 3rd when the motor rpm in 2nd gear hits 3500 rpm. then just have 3rd next to get me to my max speed of 70.
Ive come to the conclusion that I will need the torque converter. So I will experiment with the transmission to see when it isnt hooked to anything will I be able to have the motor controller control the shifting solenoids directly.
If I tear up the transmission thats ok, I can get a manual for $100 and just use that.
it will be interesting to see what happens.