Originally Posted by daveb
Thanks guys, I just feel better knowing who rebuilt the thing. A tow out of the backcountry might cost up to 4 grand to get out of some of the places I take the van in to. Not sure about a used transmission. I just found out to replace it with a brand new stock Ford transmission would cost more than 5 grand (parts & labor) and unlike many here on the site who could swap it out themselves with a rebuilt one, I'm not up for it. Just hope the trans pack/shift kit helps (worth it) along with all the new clutches and crap he's replacing in it.
Looks like I might just have to bite the bullet. It's on the lift at the shop and should be done next week. I was always told this transmission is a solid piece of equipment... no ???
All the same reasons I went with a John Wood transmission when mine went out in 2011. And I had a 200 mile tow available with AAA and I lived 195 miles from Johns shop in Holtville, CA. We are on the same page Dave. Just get it done the best way you feel comfortable with and drive on. It's the pilot strapped into the seat who's ass (or wallet for a recovery) is on the line.
I'm not sure what the trans pack/shift kit your shop is talking about but I do remember John keeping my van a day more to do some kind of modification/adjustment to the shift pattern. I don't know if it was via computer, valve body or what. He was the Yoda and I wasn't going to question it. I wish I knew what torque converter he used as I'm sure it wasn't a stock Ford one but nothing insanely fancy. John mentioned the TC had a slightly higher stall speed than the stock Ford one. And lastly John said only use Schaffers All Trans fluid. Again I didn't question, see above statement.
This summer I did a change of fluid and filters for the first time since then. Picture for positive insperation.