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Old 08-01-2004, 11:27 PM
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Ford FMX Transmission

I'm looking at an early Ford with a Y-block motor and an FMX transmission. I'm not familiar with the FMX transmission.

I plan to use the car as my daily driver and not be raced. I'm thinking of dependability. I'm retired and want a fun car to chase parts for other projects, do errands, and when they call me back for a little work I can enjoy the car.

Should I have any concerns with the FMX transmission?

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Old 08-02-2004, 12:08 AM
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although there are kits for the FMX i dont think they are worth souping up considering the other choices out there. for daily driving i think you will be a-okay. i'm still debating if i should keep mine or not. its heavy and has a lot of internal drag (this i have heard) but some guys around here think they are pretty good. i just realized you stated an early ford. okay, that i dont know anything about. mine is from a '80 station wagon that had a 351w.
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The FMX was not introduced until the 1967 production run. You most likely have a 3SPD FORD-O-MATIC.

This trans can be upgraded with later FMX parts.
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To my knowledge they were made as far back as the 50's. I believe they came in the 54 thunderbirds.

I have used quite a few FMX transmissions for racing in the past. One advantage is that you can complete rebuild the transmission while its still in the car. A shift kit is not really needed, if you want harder shifts just increase the main pressure with a tighter spring. I ran a FMX for 6 years in the car attached to my post.
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There are still parts available. These were also known as Cruise-O-Matics. There are several different case sizes but your parts supplier can tell you how to decide what you have.
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Ok...Let's try this again...

The FORD-O-MATIC was introduced in 1950. It was designed by BORG-WARNER. It was a three speed single range transmission. Single range meant it had an intermediate gear start unless the gear selector was pulled into low or the accelerator floored on take-off. The GM HYDRAMATIC was used by LINC from 49/54. It was replaced by the heavier MERC-O-MATIC (FOM) single range transmission. In 1958, FORD introduced the CRUISE-O-MATIC which was still a three speed, but had dual range for either first or second gear start. The LINC version was the TWIN-RANGE TURBO. The FOM was retained for normal service as the COM was considered a premium trans for luxury and performance cars.

In 1959, FORD introduced the F/2/S, which was a true two speed. It was designed for intermediates and full size cars with economy engines.

In 1967, FORD bought the design rights from BW and introduced the FMX. It remained in production until 1981.

The term CRUISE-O-MATIC was also used by FORD marketing to describe the origional COM, the C4 and C6 (as they were dual range) and the later FMX (as it was also dual range).


The FMX will not bolt to a Y-Block unless modifications are done.
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As long as the engine/trans are running fine and the car has been taken care of and not abused, I'd say go for it. My second car was a 1957 Ford Convertible with a 312 and Cruse-o-matic. It was a fun car and I was a little rough on the transmission and had no problems with the car at all.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSES!!!

Thank you for your responses!

I looked at the car today. It turned the car was priced at twice it's value in my estimation. It has a 312 V8 (Y-block) with an FMX which would have been fine based on the responses from you all.

I'm looking for a '57 Ranchero that either I build the project or buy a finished car. My Plan is to use it as my daily driver and a KEEPER. I have other projects to take my time and will continue the hunt for the "right" car.

Thx again for the help and great responses, r
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Ok...Let's try this again...




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Have you noticed that I am a little anal retentive?

The actual FMX was (is) a nice transmission...I just hate to see people think something before it was the same...
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Have you noticed that I am a little anal retentive?

The actual FMX was (is) a nice transmission...I just hate to see people think something before it was the same...
Not at all. Pretty important 'trivia' when you are trying to fit the wrong clutches in the wrong tranny!!
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