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ford trans.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 351crules, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. 351crules

    351crules Member
    Messages: 31

    how are your non electric od trannys lasting. i'm tring to make a decition on an od or a c6
  2. SCSIndust

    SCSIndust Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I have run two trucks with the C6. They run great, and are pretty much bullet proof. The od are a little weaker. I've heard that a C6 rebuilt with od parts make for a good trans.
  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    the c6 tranny is very tough
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    My C-6 has been used hard and has never had a problem. I have been employed on ambulances for the last 25 years and have never had a C-6 die under me. Now the new trannies are a different story! I drove one that had 3 R&R's ( Ford Rebuilds) in 50,000 miles! The C-6 is much cheaper to have rebuilt too.

    Our mechanics keep a spare (rebuilt) on on hand at all times.:realmad:
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2004
  5. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    After knocking out the OD trans twice under warranty a few years ago, the Ford dealer told me that you have to be careful to lock out overdrive with the switch on the end of the shift stalk when you are driving in town. I have not had a problem since. Like everyone else, I never had a problem w/ a C6.
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Boy that's nice of them to tell everyone about that little transmission saver. I have never been told to do that in town with an ambulance. I do it all the time tho, I call it "rally mode".
    You turn off the OD and you really see how good a PSD is.
    Plus no hunting for the gear it wants either.
  7. 351crules

    351crules Member
    Messages: 31

    guys you are taking about the electric od tranny. i'm asking how the non eletric(aod) trannies hold up. c- 6 is nice till you get on the highway.
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I have also driven a lot of the old OD transmissions. I don't ever remember one having a problem. It's just after the electronic control ones came in to service (94?) the troubles started. A friend of mine drives an old ambulance with one and he puts 300+ miles a week on it with no problems. There is 120k + miles on the tranny too. He had it rebuilt by a Ford mechanic just after he got the truck.
  9. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Have plowed with them all. besure to install a temp. gage, heat is the killer. I plow in low range only and in 25 years only gone through 1 C-6 and 1 AOD.

  10. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    C-6 behind a 400, 300 hp 450# of torque plowed all season (60" snow in 15 storms) without a cooler, went mudboggin many times & rolled the truck, several burn off comps that would make the bandag bullet jelous! the day I decided to scrap the truck I did a burnoff approx 4 city blocks long & it was constantly shifting between 2 and 3.... over a 1 minute session I bet it shifted 30 times!

    the trans now resides in a caprice wagon and can still chirp the tires going from 1 to 2 lol
  11. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    My bother was a Ford man. Had a van with the AOD. Had constant problems with it till we took it to my transmission man. He machined the case and put in a heavier center carrier bearing. Problem solved. Trans man stated that it was a design flaw on the AOD and is his standard upgrade...Chuck