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  1. Funmart6

    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    Well, about oh, 8 years ago or so the transmission in my car started acting up, had it rebuilt and shift kit installed, then about a year or so later, it started acting up again. I then had the transmission replaced entirely (used junk it would seem) and within a month or so of that, it started leaking at the torque converter, so I parked the car with the intention of having it fixed. Now, finally I am feeling the need to put this car back on the road, so I stopped by a shop today and they said the best bet would be to find a remanufactured transmission that would be specific to the car, cheaper and better warranty and they would install it. They said it would be 1800 - 2000 dollars to rebuild the one that is currently in the car. I found a remanufactured unit for 999 dollars, free shipping, 5 year unlimited mileage warranty. So I am thinking I will do that. I still love the car, and have held on to it all these years so, it’s time to get her back on the road.
     

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    Yes! PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SAVE THIS SHO! From the pics it still looks pretty clean.
     
  3. Funmart6

    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    Well, she’s not as clean on the outside as she was in those pics, but it won’t take much to get her looking good again. A little wax and buffing and she will clean up nicely. The interior is spotless though. The 2 piece bra is in the trunk as well. The rims still have a mirror shine, I guess from all the never dull I used to use on them. I last drove the car this past December when we bought a new house, had to move the car, ran a little sketchy at first but then smoothed out a bit, drove her 4 miles to the new place and parked her. It’s gonna be a process but she will look nice again soon.


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    Good deal. I am excited to watch her come back.
     
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  5. Funmart6

    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    I just took these pics. She’s a little dirty but all there. Dang sun glare!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]



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  7. Funmart6

    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    Hey thanks I will check it out.


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    Glad to hear you are getting her back running again. Welcome back. :)

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    Hi Funmart,

    I remember reading some of your old posts, good to see you and know that your car still alive.

    About keeping the trans healthy, I'm pretty sure that the hoses going out of the trans is badly designed and can makes the trans life shorter. The worst part is the first cooler in the rad (which is in fact not a cooler but a pre-heater), they tend to be clogged over time and restrict the oil flow. I made another routing bypassing this. Ford made also a TSB about that back in the time because they change the flow direction to retreive some probabilities to be clogged.

    Other thing is the front cooler, it's only a tube for 96, 97 and 98. Ford realized in 1999 this aspect must be upgraded and put a tube with fins on all of his length (and retreived the fins on the P/S cooler beside for an unknown reason at the same time). These upgraded coolers can be found on 99 and Gen 4 SLO too.

    As the time past (I'm running these 2 upgrades since some years + a small serpentine cooler), I'm thinking that the major flaw on these trans is cooling and oil flow. Mine now have 143k and is running without probs.

    I'm giving you this info as you said you already changed one time your trans and only one year later she was still having problems. This let me think the culprit isn't in the trans itself.

    Let us know how your repairs goes sometime.

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  10. stephen newberg

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    It is an extremely useful upgrade to install a transmission fluid cooler.

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    +1 on this. Doesn't need to be big, but like Gen3 Sho Fan noted, the cooling design for the transmission is not adequate for most environments. The Gen2 trans cooler is plenty adequate. Even on 2+ hours trips the temps are less than 215°F.
     
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    Since these cars are doomed to die of cam failure, there's probably good transmissions out there (whereas others cars might have gone to the wrecker because of their tranny). Here's some a drive away:

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    If you need a transmission for "without overdrive button" you can do the same search on car-part.com.
     
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  13. Funmart6

    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    I will definitely look at adding a different cooler. By the way, does anyone know the differences between the normal AX4N and and the SHO AX4N?

    Any recommendations about a trans cooler are greatly appreciated.


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  14. stephen newberg

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    FPS makes a good one. Mine has been in for 14 years now and never a problem. No idea if it is still available or not.

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    Funmart6 my name is mud

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    I found one that is a 13 row cooler. It is 5”x13”. I think that should do the trick.


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