I would listen to Dave about the converter. When you put more power to the converter, it will react with more slip. Your shift points will move up in RPM and your trap rpm will increase. You may make more power, but you will push your engine out of the optimal RPM range for a stock cam'ed long block. Not saying you won't go quicker(may or may not depending on how well you set up for the change), just will be a less than an optimal setup.