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E40d in an Ambulance-fried
I have a '96 E350 Ambulance with a 4.3 Powerstroke. The auto tranney always did shift rough, and lurched when going in 4th. No suprise, seeing as the ambulance mod weighs over 10K, with 160,000 rounds on it.
So, today it went out, leaving me with just 1 st gear.
Question: Is there a tranny specific to an "ambulance prep package", or will any do? And, are tranney's specific to a Power Stroke motor? Or will a bell housing match be sufficient? What is usually the best route? Take mine out and have it rebuilt? Or find one used, and hope for the best, or have IT rebuilt. When an automatic goes out, is there such a thing as a core meltdown, where the damage is so great, you would be better off starting with a different core?
I just dont want my rebuilder jacking me telling me that because its an ambulance, its going to take rare parts, or allot of cash to rescue it. ( Pun intended)
And if there is anything freaky about this tranney, I dont want to let go of my core if they are rare, or application specific.
Anyone know about this? I will be spending my Sunday morning yanking the old one out. Its odd that this happened now, seeing as the snow isnt flying yet here in Wisconsin. Usually my rides meltdown after our 9 months of winter starts.