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    Has anyone had experience with replacing the original cruise-a - matic transmission to a C 6 or converting to a AOD? If so, please share what conversion you choose. My 1960 bird was acquired with a 1963 390 engine. Tthx!
    Walter Danalevich
    owner/mgr.
    Santa Barbara Auto Refinishing
    www.sbautobody.com

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    I put a C6 behind a 390 in my 59. It was an easy swap.

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    • #3
      Did you have to change the starter and flywheel when you put in the C6?

      Nyles

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      • #4
        The Cruise-O is a great transmission, so if you have one, consider rebuilding it. Find a local non-franchised shop. Or if you're adventurous, do it yourself. The Shop Manual has detailed instructions. You will need an inch-pound torque wrench for a few minutes during reassembly.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Yadkin View Post
          The Cruise-O is a great transmission, so if you have one, consider rebuilding it. Find a local non-franchised shop. Or if you're adventurous, do it yourself. The Shop Manual has detailed instructions. You will need an inch-pound torque wrench for a few minutes during reassembly.
          It's a good transmission but certainly has some weaknesses, like the tail shaft casing being prone to breaking under load. I think the C6 conversion is a good idea for anyone putting some extra HP in front of it.

          If you do a search I remember reading a complete thread on the conversion and what was involved.
          Scott
          South Delta, BC, Canada
          1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
          Red Leather Interior!
          www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
          Thunderbird Registry #61266
          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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          • #6
            QUOTE: Did you have to change the starter and flywheel when you put in the C6? Nyles

            It will be necessary to use the FE flexplate and starter as installed on the FE engine application C6 transmission. (1958 - 1960 MELs) Scott.

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            • #7
              Speaking of transmission rebuild...any advice on cleaning up and refinishing a COM aluminum tail?
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              Todd Gilroy
              1960 Tbird Convertible
              Thunderbird Registry #54651

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              • #8
                Plastic media or glass bead blasting.

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                • #9
                  Or a wire brush on a grinding wheel. To finish, powder coat "super chrome", which is really aluminum, or on the cheap, "chrome" or "silver" engine paint, which is really aluminum.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Yadkin View Post
                    Or a wire brush on a grinding wheel. To finish, powder coat "super chrome", which is really aluminum, or on the cheap, "chrome" or "silver" engine paint, which is really aluminum.
                    Some of those 'chrome' paints don't last very long if oil or gas gets on, likewise if they are handled at all, just thought I'd throw that caveat in there.
                    A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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                    • #11
                      I had some walnut shells under the blasting cabinet and that took most of the oxidation off. I might try the wire brush to smooth it out a little more...and I like the powder coating idea.

                      What have you guys done to refinish the bell housing?

                      Thanks!
                      Todd
                      Todd Gilroy
                      1960 Tbird Convertible
                      Thunderbird Registry #54651

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                      • #12
                        Since the bell housings were not coated originally, I use a paint that looks like fresh cast iron. 'Cast Blast' is one name I can recall, or you can put a heavy coat of flattened clear on it after it has been well cleaned.
                        Carl

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by scumdog View Post
                          Some of those 'chrome' paints don't last very long if oil or gas gets on, likewise if they are handled at all, just thought I'd throw that caveat in there.
                          I powder coated mine over a year ago. Still looks great.

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                          • #14
                            Someone put a mid-60's FMX trans in a 1960 I had. I swapped back to the original Cruise-o-matic. Fortunately, they had retained the original bellhousing and flywheel. The only part I had to replace was the slip yoke which was a different diameter. Otherwise the FMX bolted right in using the original mount and hardware.
                            1965 Convertible....loaded!
                            1962 Convertible....SOLD!
                            1960 Convertible....in progress!

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