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Old 04-10-2021, 02:58 AM   #1
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Ford Transmission shop recommendations near Klamath Falls OR (or Bend OR)?

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Anyone know of a good transmission shop anywhere near Klamath Falls OR, or Bend OR? This is for a 1995 E-350 4x4 so transmission probably pulled from a Ford truck. It's like the ONE thing that hasn't been replaced on this van, and naturally it decided to blow up on me now on a road trip. I was going to pick up a snowmobile so I had the van loaded with all my road trip sh*t and am towing a snowmobile trailer, now stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere about an hour SE of Klamath Falls (near Tulelake).

Oh joy...

Could be worse, at least I have cell coverage!

My insurance covers some towing cost, but they will probably just want to tow it to the nearest shop. I live in Bend OR which is about 3 hours away, and Klamath Falls is the closest "real" town to where I currently am. Open to any recommendations either near Klamath Falls or Bend. Extra points if they're open on the weekend...
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:46 AM   #2
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I have been told that the Original Bend Transmission Shop off American Loop in Bend, Or. does great work. I have never needed their services but my mechanic that works on my SMB says that is the place to go.
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:55 AM   #3
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I used wright ford in Redmond when the same thing happened to me. They do all the ranch trucks and the fire dept rigs as well. While they did a decent job my HD rebuild lasted 3 years and was found to have had no new clutch plates and there was a towel inside when I had it properly done. My experience says have yours rebuilt and do a billet torque converter.
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:43 AM   #4
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I'm PM'ing you the contact for a K-Falls local rebuilder my family has used. Good Luck!
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Old 04-10-2021, 12:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions so far guys! Trying to figure out now where I can get it towed...
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Old 04-10-2021, 04:09 PM   #6
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You're already looking at some coin for the repair(s) - I would certainly advise to spring for a tow to a "preferred shop" so its done right. you don't want to be swayed by price or convenience alone on something like that. Granted, an extended tow might run a couple hundred more - but normally you get what you pay for.
*I second the consideration of a heavy duty torque converter.
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Old 04-25-2021, 10:37 PM   #7
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Hopefully that K-Falls shop can do it for you. In Bend there's also Transfix, although I don't know how many early E350's they've done. If it was in Portland I'd highly recommend Marsh Transmission.
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