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Old 08-12-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is where I should post this but there arnt any guys with my car in the 2005 an lower v6 and you guys would prob have more experiance with what I'm asking. I have an 86 TBI 3.8 but I'm planning on swapping it out for a 5.0. But I'm putting in an 8.8 rear end and a tranny that can handle some abuse since I have a C5 rivght now. What transmission can handle a modded 5.0 but has overdrive? Is there any way I can build an AOD or is there a better option? I considered a manual but I've never done the conversion, its my DD and I do a lot of city driving.
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There are many choices but the aod should work fine to about 450hp that's an upgraded aod though... I have a c4 in my car it a more aggressive trans primarily for racing not daily.. A few manual trans that I like are the t-5z, t-56, t-600. All which can tote a hefty price tag..
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I found an AOD on craigs list for $150 yeasterday. How much would It cost to build it and what parts would I need?
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I'm not sure if this is where I should post this but there arnt any guys with my car in the 2005 an lower v6 and you guys would prob have more experiance with what I'm asking. I have an 86 TBI 3.8 but I'm planning on swapping it out for a 5.0. But I'm putting in an 8.8 rear end and a tranny that can handle some abuse since I have a C5 rivght now. What transmission can handle a modded 5.0 but has overdrive? Is there any way I can build an AOD or is there a better option? I considered a manual but I've never done the conversion, its my DD and I do a lot of city driving.
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I found an AOD on craigs list for $150 yeasterday. How much would It cost to build it and what parts would I need?
You are in the right place.
Swap to 5.0 and convert it to MAF first thing.
Transmission choice depends on how much modding and what power level you want to achieve.


Link: Ford AOD for parts and costs.
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Awesome thanks! For now 400 to 450 is my goal. I just want a fun DD that I can take to the track from time ti time. Is it hard to build up an AOD? I've done work on engines since I was 15 but I've never got into a tranny.
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Awesome thanks! For now 400 to 450 is my goal. I just want a fun DD that I can take to the track from time ti time. Is it hard to build up an AOD? I've done work on engines since I was 15 but I've never got into a tranny.
Auto transmissions are complicated and you really need a "clean room" to work on them, along with some specialized tools and the correct manuals to ensure you get the parts in the right places, settings and adjustments correct, and have the specifications needed for assembly and testing. People "throw" them together all the time, but they don't last very long doing that either. Choose the level you need from a good supplier and buy one built and guaranteed. You'll be much better off in the end.
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I looked into that an the only problem is I don't have $2,000 to spend on a transmission.I have an uncle who's a mechanic and has rebuilt pleanty of transmissions. If I got an AOD for 150 how much would I be looking at to rebuild it and built it? My absolute max budget is about $1,000.
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I looked into that an the only problem is I don't have $2,000 to spend on a transmission.I have an uncle who's a mechanic and has rebuilt pleanty of transmissions. If I got an AOD for 150 how much would I be looking at to rebuild it and built it? My absolute max budget is about $1,000.
Go to the website and choose the parts you need by reading what they put into the various power level transmissions.
Look for and add up the parts including a gasket/seals kit and you should be close.
If your Uncle has done these then he should know what you will need.
Pay close attention to what parts are needed to increase the transmission strength.
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Alright. Thanks for the help!
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You're Welcome & Good Luck with your project.
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Contact your local shops they may have a built one laying in a shop someone never picked up... I bought a fully built aod out of the owners son's fairmont at Phoenix transmission's they freshened it up. With a custom 10 1/2" 3400 stall converter for $1050 out the door.. Just a thought.
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Contact your local shops they may have a built one laying in a shop someone never picked up... I bought a fully built aod out of the owners son's fairmont at Phoenix transmission's they freshened it up. With a custom 10 1/2" 3400 stall converter for $1050 out the door.. Just a thought.
Now there's an alternative and darn good idea.
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Ill check that out. Thanks for the idea!
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I used that site and made a list of thing I need to rebuild and beef up an AOD now im shopping around to find prices. I found this rebuild kit on summit. U guys know if its any good?

http://m.summitracing.com/parts/hup-hp4388k
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Never used them before, but it looks ok.
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Also need a single piece hardened input shaft. Stock are 2 piece and break around 350hp
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Also need a single piece hardened input shaft. Stock are 2 piece and break around 350hp
Got one on my list!
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I would also like to get a stall converter. How do u decide on witch on to get? I've seen em from 1600rpms to 3000 rpms. I also don't want to lose more than 1-2 mpg since its my DD. I've heard that they hurt ur fuel eco.
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I would also like to get a stall converter. How do u decide on witch on to get? I've seen em from 1600rpms to 3000 rpms. I also don't want to lose more than 1-2 mpg since its my DD. I've heard that they hurt ur fuel eco.
Yes, they can. You don't want to go to high with the stall or your tranny will basically be "slipping" all the time and building lots of transmission destroying heat. I wouldn't go any higher than a 2200-2500 rpm stall myself and be sure to add a large tranny cooler too, to help offset some of the heat buildup. If it is your DD you may want to get an even lower stall speed.
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I was thinking about 2000 rpms any ways. I aready have a bigger trans cooler cuz my stock one started leaking. Exactly how big should I go just to make mine is big enough?
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I was thinking about 2000 rpms any ways. I aready have a bigger trans cooler cuz my stock one started leaking. Exactly how big should I go just to make mine is big enough?
I think an 1800-2000 rpm stall would be good.
I would use a cooler sized for an RV, or a fan cooled, cooler to ensure it had adequate capacity.
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So basically another radiator. Lol! Ok I'll just use the one I have now for an oil cooler then.

---------- Post added at 08:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:13 PM ----------

Just tlked to a guy on craigslist with a used AOD for 150. What should I look for or ask him?
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:56 AM   #23
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I just bought an AOD out of an 88 GT! An I relized I forgot to ask the most imporntant questions. Wat will I need to put the AOD in where a C5 is? Will my kick down bar work or will I need the one off the 88 GT? will I need a new speedo gear for my speedometer? Will I need a dif cross member?
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