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Old 09-18-2013, 09:04 PM
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Advice Needed for a Budget Minded SoCal Trans Rebuild

1997 F350 E4OD Powerstroke 4wd. My truck started slipping bad at 70mph on the freeway and then started doing the flashing OD light and limp mode shifting about three months ago. I towed it home and parked it since then because I did not have the money to do a rebuild. My wife has a few health issues and they drain every ounce of money from our lives. The trans has 177k on it so even if it is just a cracked torque converter like people have suggested, I feel that a rebuild is in order so that I am not dropping the trans again in three months. In the meantime I was talking to John Woods about building the trans. That is a $4500 option that would give me the piece of mind of a solid transmission, but as I said money is tight. My truck has 35" tires, a tymar intake, straight 4" exhaust and an edge chip. So it is not a 450hp beast requiring a BTS or John Woods Trans, but I may put injectors, efuel etc on it one day and have 400hp. Again, with money being so tight I don't know when that will happen or if it will ever. I live in SoCal so there are a thousand trans shops around. I have found one that has a great reputation and will do a rebuild with installation of a factory spec e4od for $2000 with a three year/36k mile warranty. So here are the questions...

If I am able to squeeze a couple hundred extra dollars out, what should I upgrade to try and build a little bit stronger of a transmission? I assume first on this list is a billet torque converter, but what do you think? Is a billet torque converter a waste of money with a factory grade transmission?

Does anyone have any real world experience with a Southern California Trans rebuilder that you would like to suggest or complain about?

If I could, I would just drop the money for the John Woods trans, but I just can't at the moment.

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I think a billet TC is mandatory, even on a stock truck.

However, I would get the code ran first. Could be just electrical. Even the clip code could just be the TC, mine was. Got a 6.0 converter and Tugger 2 shift kit and the trans is solid.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:43 PM
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What is the best way to get the code read? The edge chip gave me a p1728 code, but I'm assuming we are talking about a real code reader? Or is that along with the 70mph every 30 second slip enough to diagnose it?
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:16 PM
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Get a real code reader first of all, and y not get a tc and vb from jw? Pm phillipjon he has a guy in so cal he very highly recommends for an upgraded rebuild, at a great cost too, I forget the name of the shop but when I lived in SoCal he recommended it to me when I was looking for a built trans to hold my dream of an engine lol
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One of the weird things I noticed during investigating was that the main harness that plugs in on the side of the trans was soaked in fluid. Is that residual oil or tranny fluid from up top or is it possible for fluid to leak through that connector?
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:19 PM
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You need to find out what the fluid is and look for where it could be leaking from, is it redish or blackish
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I'll attack that in the morning. Frustration got the best of me and I walked away without getting too deep into it yet. I did a major clean up about a year ago when I found a rat had made a nest in the valley of the motor. I gunked, etc to get it cleaned up. There is somewhat of a trap where this harness is on the passenger side of the trans. My first thought was that the gunk, oil and water I had washed off of the top drained right through this area and some of it never washed out.
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It turns out the fluid in the harness is oil, etc coming from the motor. Obviously you don't want the harness to be wet, but I highly doubt that is my only issue.
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If you end up needing a trans..get a Ford reman...add a better converter and have fun.
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I thought about doing a Ford Reman before. I had a 1992 F150 that I blew the e4od in and then did a local shop rebuild. It ran fine, but I only got 30k out of it until the rebuilt unit blew. Am I correct in assuming that the reman unit will have all of the latest and greatest parts Ford has available? I know it won't have a billet shaft, etc. But, I assume that anything that had been tried and proved unreliable like an aluminum planetary would no longer be in there? And what kind of horsepower rating is the factory rebuild good for with a triple disc converter? I'm not looking for 200k miles of longevity at 500hp, but does 100k at 400hp sound reasonable or is that a BTS and John Woods only deal?
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