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Old 09-18-2007, 11:54 PM
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Alexander is correct. Closer to stock is best for R/S value. If your car is a keeper then consider it. The Cruiso works fine (if properly maintained and cared for - No excessive abuse)
Mine will chirp the tire shifting into 2nd. I always leave it in D1 (once I've found it)
If/when I juice the engine up a little, I'll make the C6 swap (When it needs a tranny) The C6 is a bulletproof transmission.

I will eventually go to an Edelbrock Int/Manif and headers. I will keep the car "close" to stock looking. With a few mods and the swaybars and disc brakes I have, it'll make on heckuva sleeper.

I'm also considering a wheel swap. I've even thought about baby-moon's w/white letter T/A Radials for a 50's/60's Rod look. We'll see.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:28 AM
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Hi All,

Has anyone used the cruiseo rebuild kit from Autotran US. They are on my list of suppliers but have no experience with them.

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Old 09-19-2007, 12:39 PM
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Thumbs up I have a C6 in mine

The c6 in my 60 was a direct bolt in conversion but will require the replacement of the starter and flywheel. the rear tranny mount for the c6 is the same as the cruiso.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:43 PM
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Mine Was Already Rebuilt When I Bought The Shifts Good But I Have A Klunk When I Put In Gear Or When It Down Shifts When I Slow Down. Is This Normal? Also I Have D1 & D2 On The Shifter, Nothing Happens In D2 Only D1 , Is This Normal Or Is Something Amiss! Thanks For All The Great Info.
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Old 09-19-2007, 01:25 PM
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The clunk when downshifting is normal. These transmissions do not have a vacuum modulator.

D1 starts the car in first gear. D2 starts the car in second gear. D1 is the normal drive.
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Old 09-19-2007, 01:33 PM
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R&R on my Cruise-O cost me about $500 in 2001. Wouldn't be suprised if it's doubled since then.

Mike Lemmon
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:01 AM
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I had my C-O-M rebuilt by a very reputable transmission shop. I think that is where I would start if I were you. I to wanted to change to a C6 when I originally started my plan to replace the 352 to a strong 390. When I spoke to the trans man about my plan he told me that when he gets through with it I should not have any problems with the C-O-M behind the 390. So, I took his opinion, didn't have to make any modifications and it shifts really nice (snappy for the lack of a better word). The converter was upgraded to about a 2000-2200 stall speed. El Guapo recommended and you should give them a call. Shipping might be a hassle, but they are definitely worth a look/call.
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Smile THANKS for all of the feed back !

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Old 09-20-2007, 10:30 PM
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Thank you to everyone for the advice on the transmission. I decided today to have the transmission re-built. The guy at the tranny shop said he is going to replace the front bushing bearing (I think that is what he said), he ordered new bands, will put in a re-build kit and of course new filter and fluid for $1239.00 and I will have the car back in 2-3 days. Stinks to have to do it, but I guess 47 years and nearly 100k on the transmission and it is certainly been a reliable transmission. The rest of the car has been restored and is a real head turner and gets lots of attention at local car shows. Only things not original or replacement original parts are the headers I put on and I could not help myself from putting fancy wheels on. These cars are a lot of fun and a joy to drive. Thanks again, Dan
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Old 09-21-2007, 05:53 PM
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Hi Guys

Have been reading these threads about the cruise-o-matic with some interest. I would tend to agree that rebuilding the original ( where possible ) is the best route to take. I have question about D1 being the normal drive vs D2 second gear. At what speed, does the D1 become load intensive on the tranny. By that I mean, is it preferable say in city driving around 30-40 mph, to leave it in D1 instead of D2?? My 58
is very strong and responsive at 65 -70 mph to kick in when
needed in D2.

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