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Old 05-03-2007, 09:06 PM
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1956 Ford Automatic (Fordomatic)

My 56 Ford has been sitting for a long time.I have the engine running and some tires that hold air.I have the parking brake working so I can move it around.Tonight I drove it around my shop to park it on the other side and trans fluid was coming out of the dipstick tube and spilling on the exhaust manifold.
I was just wondering if you guys have had this happen and what it could be.If there is a vent somewhere ,there is a very good chance a dirt dopper build a nest in it.It was sitting outside.

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It could be a plugged vent, plugged filter or the torque convertor drains down (internal leak) over filling the oil pan. The torque convertor on this model FOM is a split type with a small and large O-RING (this would show as an external leak leading one to think front seal).

What model 56 is it?

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Old 05-04-2007, 07:33 PM
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Kultulz,Thanks for the reply.It,s a 56 town sedan.I pulled it out of my Dads field this last summer.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j4...ford/56003.jpg

It,s my first car.I bought it when I was 14 or 15.With some help from my Dad I rebuild the 292 when I was 15.I spent the rest of High school fixing it up.It was a gray color.
I tried to paint it the blue and it turned out really bad.I started to sand it to respray it but ran out of time before I went to Marine Corps boot camp.
That was 1983.My Dad bought it from me and was going to finish it and never did.He passed away a little over a year ago.

I got the engine unstuck and filed the points and used an temporary electric fuel pump and got it running.
I got some wheels that hold air.And I got the e brake working so I can move it in and out of the shop.

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j4...6wheels007.jpg

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I plan on pulling the engine back out and putting some new gaskets in it.
It,s kind of on the back burner.I plan on getting my 54 F100 going first.I was just curious if pushing the fluid through the dipstick was something common with these.(It,s the air cooled automatic)
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My first though was that wasps built a nest in the vent line, but I really don't know anything about the old fordomatics. I have never worked on one of them.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:28 AM
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I think it was just valve cover gaskets after all.I put some new ones on and looked underneath it while I let a run a good half hour and there were no major leaks.It looks like the shift shaft seal is seeping and the rear seal.
I also got a 55 manual trans and everything to put it in,he also gave me a 57 tank.(From the post below)

He,s a car guy!


I just ordered some new wheel cylinders.If the Fordomatic shifts ok I might just keep it.
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.......If the Fordomatic shifts ok I might just keep it.

You know...that is probably a good plan. Nowadays, everything is automatic (well....almost), but back then it was pretty fancy to have one of those.

I have never driven or ridden in one with the cruisomatics. I really don't know how they drive out.

I am enjoying driving my 56 so much. My 2001 explorer has not been started in nearly 3 weeks now.
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