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How strong is the Fordomatic?

My 59 Edsel has a leaky transmission, and it needs to come out of the car. My options seem to be rebuilding the stock Fordomatic (Mile-o-Matic in Edselspeak), or upgrading to a C6. The car has a 361 FE motor, which will be staying pretty close to stock. No racing plans either, just looking for a reliable cruiser.

So how durable is the stock trans? Will it take the abuse this motor can dish out? If I do a few minor upgrades (bigger carb, minor port job) will that be too much for it to handle?

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Maybe this will help.
http://www.aeclassic.com/comments/fordomatic.html
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My 59 Edsel has a leaky transmission, and it needs to come out of the car. My options seem to be rebuilding the stock Fordomatic (Mile-o-Matic in Edselspeak), or upgrading to a C6. The car has a 361 FE motor, which will be staying pretty close to stock. No racing plans either, just looking for a reliable cruiser.

So how durable is the stock trans? Will it take the abuse this motor can dish out? If I do a few minor upgrades (bigger carb, minor port job) will that be too much for it to handle?

Thanks!
This trans is given to cracking an internal case boss that carry's a band termination lug, once cracked the band cannot be adequately adjusted and always allows it to slip. Pulling the pan shows you where the boss is and any crack will be right in front of your face.

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These trans are strong enough for the task at hand ...


the case cracking deal ; there was a tool device , where you bolted on a device , drilled a hole , tap it , install a bolt to hold the case together. A case saver device
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I've been doing a fair amount of research on this thing, and I think it will be good enough for what I want it to do. The more I think about it, I'm really leaning towards pulling the engine and just rebuilding both. I really like this car, enough to invest in all the parts I'll need.

Plus think of how much easier it will be to get the trans off when the engine is out of the car
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