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When I first crank it up after sitting a while it runs good the after i drive it a good distance the battery blinks on and off, and when I stop the car begins to stall and buck then it cutsoff unless i hit the gas before it cuts off then it struggles to regain its speed but once it gets rolling it runs good again, until I get ready to stop again. I have put on a new alterntor and put a filter in the transmission.

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It sounds like your torque converter clutch is sticking. This is a common problem with these transmissions. With a car this old, we usually just unplug the converter clutch solenoid (plug on front of tranny). The tranny will no longer lock up at speed and will get a little less gas mileage, but the cost to fix the tranny is pretty high in comparison. If you don't think this is the cause or you have other questions, please let me know.

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