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Transmission in F150 - Need Mechanical Gurus' Advice

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Ursushorribilus, Feb 15, 2004.

  1. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    The transmission blew up/burned out in my 94 F150 5.8L yesterday, the second time in 3 years. AAMCO rebuilt it when it happened the first time, at about 100,000 miles, and it lasted until this current blowout at about 179,000 miles.

    The question: Can I have the transmission rebuilt or replaced so that it's roughly or exactly equivalent to that in a 3/4 ton or a 1 ton? I wish to haul a fully-loaded 16 foot enclosed trailer. I've read that the suspension can be beefed up, and am contemplating that, and am wondering if a transmission upgrade is possible. If so, about how much will it cost, installed? AAMCO charged me about $3,000.00 to rebuild it the first time, and I'm told they are overpriced and that I was screwed. Is this true?

    I've spent alot a money on my truck, so I'm hesitant to get rid of it, as many have advised me to. I'm in the preliminary stages of creating a lawncare company, and can't really afford a new vehicle. My F150 usually runs strong, and has alot of power.

    I appreciate any advice. Thanks...Tony
  2. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    $3K, I think that's way too much. I'm assuming it's a E4OD. Did they do all the upgrades to it? I got miy E4OD done at AAMCO for $2800, with all steel parts and upgrades, supposedly bringing it up to diesel specs, or "bullteproof". It's a '90 F250. They told em $2K to make it stock. I think they jipped me, but it's done. I'd get some other estimates.
    As far as making it an equivelent to a 3/4 ton, I think the "bullteproof" option would work. Somebody can tell you a name of Brian's Transmission Specialist or something that sound pretty good, albeit pricey. I wish I wouldh've heard of him when I did mine.

    But I don't think thereis much you can do to LEGALLY beef up your suspension, and brakes, as far as the GCVG go. And with 179,000 miles, you have to ask yourself is it even worth dumping more money into the truck. It might be cheaper to purchase a "new" 3/4 or 1 ton.
  3. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Yes, they did supposedly add some steel parts to replace what I guess were originally aluminum. I certainly wish it were indeed "bulletproof".

    Maybe I should consider buying a used 1 ton for business purposes, I've seen some pretty good deals in the "for sale" type magazines in my area, the farmers and such up in rural Maine and New Hampshire are selling used bigger trucks all the time. I will keep my old Ford though, I've sunk alot of money into it and could never get it back, so I'll fix the transmission one more time and maybe use it as a secondary truck. Tony
  4. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84


    If you really want the upgrades dont take it to AAMCO. Take it to either a performance shop or one that is knowledgeable in ford truck trannys so they can show you the upgraded parts that will go into your trans. If they are more than happy to show you the upgraded parts and compare them in front of you then I might consider spending my money there. But IMO, AAMCO just doesn't care enough about an individual car to pay much attention to upgrades and mods they just rebuild whats there. You really need to find a mechanic that knows his stuff and cares about your satisfaction and stick with him. They do exist, just dont piss them off.
  5. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84

    Also if the truck was maintained Id put a new trans in it. Better off knowing what problems you have versus buying another truck and trying to figure out what is wrong with it. Just remember high mileage doesn't necessarily mean its worn out, just as low mileage doesn't necessarily mean its in good shape. Does it smoke or knock or anything like that? Those 351's are damn good motors and good for quite some time if you change the oil and go over em once in a while.
  6. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    juggernaut, yes, my truck at 179,000 miles runs as well as the day I bought it. I've been running full synthethic oil in it from the beginning, changing it every 3000 miles, and except for the transmission and having my radiator replaced once, it runs like a tank. Great power! I'll never get rid of it, but maybe I shouldn't be towing heavy trailers with it...Tony
  7. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Brian's Truck Shop. Look him up on the web. $3,000 sounds about right. I got mine done for $2,200 at a local shop. All steel parts. Upgraded sonnax valve and tri-cumulator springs, etc. They did a great job. Granted, it was not Brians Truck Shop, but they did good. Brian's is supposedly the best for E4OD's.