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Wow. Does anyone look at this any more? Thought I would throw this out there. This Saturday (Feb - 9th) at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville the West Ga Nova & Classic Car Club is having a meet and great from 11:30 to 4:30. It takes place in front of the Bed Bath and Beyond store. On another note, Oz Pizza in Douglasville is hosting a cruise-in the third Saturday of the month starting next Saturday (Feb - 16th) 2 - 5 p.m.. Wash the your cars and drive them. They're not doing you any good sitting in the garage.
 

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You Southerners... Gotta rub it in, doncha?

Around here there's 6+ inches of snow on the ground. The roads are clear, but very salted! Not gonna take a Classic out until the salt is off the roads!
 

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Once I get the Eliminator done I'll be at some events. In fact I may just take one of the other projects I've completed. This looks like fun as those are the two most favorite things in my life! Cars and Pizza! Looks like a great event! Thanks for the heads up on this.

Cheers,

Brian
 

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Post pics after the meet!
 

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Okay so it was a bit cold today. 27 with the wind chill. Yes we have wind chill here in the south. One other car (2011 Mustang) showed up other than my '69. Lets try again for the third Saturday (16th) in March. Hopefully my cat will have all of its gears working in the AOD. Decided I would put my foot in it doing about 70. Heard a loud bang, and the car shook for a moment. With the tranny still in drive, I put my foot on the accelerator again and the engine revved just fine. It just wouldn't go. Put it in neutral and coasted over to the shoulder. No smoke, no grinding, nothing. Looked underneath and everything looks as it should. Put in 1st and it pulled away just fine. Same thing with second. Put it in drive and take off from a standing stop and it moves. It just won't shift into 3rd or overdrive. Limped on home. Sad face.
 

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Sorry for the tranny troubles. Hope it's nothing too bad. Will make it to one of the events when it gets warmer. I just can't take the cold!
 

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Just dropped the car off. Should hear something this afternoon. I hope. I hear ya Prorallye. It was a tad bit cold out on Saturday. Hopefully come March it'll warm up a bit.
 

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If it makes you feel any warmer - we hit 20 below this AM with wind chill.......or as my friends in England say "it's a bit fresh out there"

So as to your trans prob's - how did you configure the TV (if it's not an AODE that is). Sounds like you have a pretty serious pressure loss --- It's a pretty crucial adjustment on a non-modified AOD. Since it went bang - I imagine ugliness is involved. they don't last very long if the adjustment is off it burns them up very quickly.
 

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I promise to try to make it out sometime this spring....got some parents with failing health and taking care of them (long distance as they live in Oklahoma) so it takes away my weekends....but really want to get out with some Cougar folks in Georgia.....there's more of us than we think !!
 

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Chris, Sorry to hear about your folks. Hope you can make it out when you can.
Jeff, Had the AOD installed less than a year ago. I think they should cover it, if not I'm taking the car to another mechanic. I still have the old FMX.
 

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It's the weak point on the earlier AOD's - that's why they recommend upgrading to the hardened input shaft on them. Or doing away with the lockup feature....shouldn't be to bad to patch it back up - but I'd get the hardened one this time! Good luck
 

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They're putting in a hardened shaft. But when I asked them to do away with the lock-up feature, they look at me funny. Time to find a new mechanic.
 

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LOL - yeah I agree. (that would require a different convertor too.....and more $ of course) Hope they don't rape you to bad....
 

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Hopefully your line pressure was OK (too high can kill a trans, just like too low) Some 'shift kits' raise the line pressure to get firm shifts. Some (like trans-go) raise it almost too high. The TVS adjustment also regulates line pressure.

How much power are you making? It is the torque that is the limiting factor, not horsepower. The stock input shaft is good for around 450 lb/ft torque. The hardened input shaft is good for around 550 lb/ft. First and Second gears use the outer input shaft, and Third and Overdrive use the inner shaft, which is why you still had First and Second, but no D or OD.

I'm running the hardened inner shaft, and the Baumann shift kit, in my custom wide-ratio AOD behind a healthy 393W. Normally a high-stall converter softens the drivetrain shock to the trans at the shifts. Even with a 2500-stall converter in mine, it is enough to bark the drag radials on wide-open 1-2 and 2-3 shifts. Think about that - I am putting enough power through that little 3/4" inner input shaft to bark the tires when it goes into Third. (in an AOD, lockup and Third happen at the same time) I'm gonna have to do something about that... maybe a higher-stall converter since that will be 'looser' and that should cushion the shock through that inner input shaft at the 2-3 shift...
 

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have them run a pressure check on it and see that your pressure levels are set to coincide with TV lever postiion/shifts. (Assuming you don't have an aftermarket valve body here) that TV lever adjustment is critical on a stock VB as it is what sets the pressure for the shift points. If that cars seems early or late on the shifts at any point DO NOT drive very far! Check the TV lever for travel and adjust it.
 

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They had to put in a new convertor because they couldn't get the broken end of the input shaft out. All in all it cost me half as much to get the tranny repaired as opposed to what it cost me originally. I asked them about the warranty and they said it only covers the wetted parts. Last dyno tune was 287.58 HP @ 5400 RPM, 310.38 FT-LBS @ 4500 RPM. All that is at the rear wheel I presume. Not sure what it's putting out at the flywheel. The mechanic told me the tranny could handle 500 HP. I highly doubt the motor is putting out that much. One of the comments made was "that it is a heavier car" that what they normally put this tranny in. Told the owner what I thought of him and his shop and that he lost a customer as well as any references. Looks like I'm back to wrenching on it. Right when my knuckles are healed up and the grease is gone from underneath the fingernails. It just flames my a** that I can't seem to find a decent mechanic that I can trust.
 
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