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Old 09-18-2007, 08:16 PM
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Took the 1960 hardtop with the 352 in it to the tranny shop last week to have some help with a leak in the shift linkage. The tranny shop called today with the great news that he found pieces of my clutch plates in my tranny pan. He is saying that my transmission should be re-built for approx $1300. I asked if I could get a new transmission and he laughed. Any suggestions on if this is a reasonable price or of vendors that sell re-built transmissions? Thanks, Dan
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:20 PM
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If your not concerned about keeping it original install a c-6.You can usally find a rebuilt one for under $600.
strong tranny's.
The cruise-o -matic is considered by some to be a weak link.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:45 PM
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So are you saying that a c-6 bolts right up without any re-working at all ?
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:20 PM
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I believe it will.
ask your guy @ the tranny shop.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:55 PM
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I would really like to put a cruise o matic back in the car. It is mostly original and in great shape. I searched the website as I thought a post a year or so ago was out there about a place that sold re-built transmissions but I can not find it now. Also tried searching on the internet and had little to no luck. Still hoping to keep her "originalish."
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:00 PM
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from others that have made the conversion.
I understand how you feel about originality, mine looks all original, but have disc brakes, now headers.
I will say though, that now having sunk thousands in engine rebuild, IF I had it to do all over again, I would convert to a 350. Don't guess it will ever be right, no matter how much I put into it.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:11 PM
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Check out this forum.
http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.or...opic.php?t=355
or this guy
Broaderperformance.com

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Old 09-18-2007, 10:16 PM
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My head is spinning from all of that...might be better to rebuild
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:48 PM
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I rebuilt the cruise-o-matic in my '59. I was pretty scared of it at first but it really wasnt so bad to do at all. I could't tell you whether it's perfect now because I don't know what perfect is for these transmissions but I do know that it moves the car along and shifts nicely
All the instructions you need are in the factory shop manual, and the parts are available through Fatsco. I can't remember off the top of my head how much it cost but I know it was by far the cheapest way to get my transmission ship-shape. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:11 PM
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The cruise-o-matic is a reliable transmission. You just must remember to bring the car to a full stop before shifting directions. If you don't, you will crack the the case.

Rebuilding the transmission has less headaches involved than putting in a later transmission, as modifications and adjustments must be done. Resale value is usually lowered by making modifications on a car.
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