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Old 05-24-2008, 09:31 PM
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I asked this a while back and didn't get any help. Could anyone tell me if I can put a C-6 transmission into my 61 T-bird? I figure I will have to change the crossmember, but is there any other mods that I am not aware of? Will I be able to keep the swing-away steering wheel? Will I have to have the drive shaft altered? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:31 AM
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Yes, it can be swapped. The biggect problem I would see is the shift indicator.

The rear crossmember will most likely have to be modified along with the driveshaft length.

Why do you want to change?
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:57 PM
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My original trans is toast. It no longer has forward gears. The cost of having the original trans rebuilt is astronomical. Figured that putting in a C-6, which has parts readilly available, would be more cost effective. Besides, I've heard that the C-6 is more bullet-proof than the Cruise-o-matic.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:37 AM
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You actually have a medium case MERC-O-MATIC Multi-Drive which is one nice transmission.

Call this 'ol boy Tue morning and see what the price of an exchange will be-

http://www.broaderperformance.com/
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:43 AM
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I had mine rebuilt by Jay at Broader Performance and here is what I found:

The guy is very,very good with cruise-o's.

He restores the trans; when I got it back it looked brand new, right down to the hardware.

He can beef it up nicely; my motor is hotter than stock, so he put the heavy duty upgrades on it.

I have put a few thousand miles on mine in the Texas heat with no problems.

He is also extremely reasonable; around $1000.00

I know you won't be able to put in a C-6 for that money, let alone all the headaches. I don't want to sound like a salesman, but I searched far and wide for someone who can do these transmissions properly and Broader kept coming up. Also, I live about an hour from his shop, so I was able to drop off/pick up my trans, and he happens to be a really nice guy.

Hope this helps!

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Okay, one other question. Is the original trans a 2 or 3 speed automatic? I have had people try to tell it's one or the other. I personally have only felt the car shift once during operation during the time that I have driven it. Thanks again.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:32 PM
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Your BIRD was assembled with the Dual Range CRUISE-O-MATIC. It either has a first or second gear start depending on range selected.

http://www.tocmp.com/manuals/Ford/19...e%2035_jpg.jpg
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