cheapest isn't always the answer. I tried that route and still had to go with a better setup from a reputable company. I would say that the cheapest way to go would probably be a tc from Goerend Bros. and installing a quality shift kit yourself if you are comfortable with that. There are other companies that make good tc's but Goerends had the best price when I was shopping around. If you are going to buy a quality tc and valve body you can usually get the whole trans for not too much more money. I wish I would have saved the money right from the start to get a pro built trans instead of trying to get by on the cheap and then realizing I wasted the money and had to upgrade anyway.
Put a post in the vendors forum for what you want and see what kind of reply you get. If that doesn't work out, let us know how much you have to spend and maybe we can give you the best options for the money.
Save a couple hundred more and do the T/C first. Then save for a valve body. Then you can get a trans without t/c or valvebody and put the ones you have in it. You should stick with the same company for all parts so you can get the warranty once you have all the parts.
you could do your trans for 2000 but that is with a triplelock converter and a good valve body and that would be enough to hold together. Goerends triple lock conveter also has life time warrenty. good luck with your choices.
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