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I know this has been disscussed but i still have some questions. I have a ford C4 tranny that i would like to rebuild. Budget is tight and if i could save money and do it myself i would rather then pay someone else to do it. This is my first big project vehicle and ive dived into a lot of stuff that im learning along the way. I wanted to know is a transmission rebuild a first timer thing or just pay the extra cash? Also any special tools need to do this?
 

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49fordp/u said:
is a transmission rebuild a first timer thing or just pay the extra cash?
I believe this is within reach of a mechanically inclined, motivated individual w/the space, tools and a good manual.

I did a TH400 followed by a TH350 by using a GM factory service manual- one of the nearly 3" thick jobs that aren't usually cheap (mine, and about 8 all together were thrown away by a neighbor when he retired from a dealership. Go figure...).

I took my time, had a well lit clean work area w/plenty of room to work, I researched the job as best I could (pre-internet, here) and dove in. I was successful on both of them and have done quite a few more since then.

One hurdle for the first-timer, is that he's not too likely to have any spare parts, like a rebuilder has at his disposal. I got lucky in that the 400 needed nothing, and I had several cores for the TH350.

Also any special tools need to do this?
Yes. I was able to use various tools from around the shop, along w/a compressor I have pictured before that was fashioned from a Pontiac con-rod cap and a long eye-bolt/washers/nut assembly.

Tools are available from various places, in different qualities and prices. You may be able to rent or borrow, also. Hopefully some tips will be mentioned by the Pros concerning work-arounds for the tools.
 

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sounds like something im going to try. The tranny was running before but probally didn't have any work done sence 72 when it was installed. When i buy i rebuild kit what do i need part wise. And would a shift kit be a good idea as well?
 

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sounds like something im going to try. The tranny was running before but probally didn't have any work done sence 72 when it was installed. When i buy i rebuild kit what do i need part wise. And would a shift kit be a good idea as well?
Wait until you tear it apart and inspect the parts before you order. In general a Master or HP Master kit, bushing kit, filter, Washers/Bearings, Band, Modulator, ATSG Tech Manual etc.. Yes a Shift Kit is a good idea, TransGo
http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=2&Category_Code=Questions

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Some Kits are more complete and include more parts than these. Depends on where you purchase & what brand.
 

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I have decided to do my C4 from my 67 mustang myself as well. Have already done some research and decided it is very do-able. One thing I bought was a rebuild video from Bad Shoe Productions. Do a search. It is a Ford mechanic going through the rebuild start to finish and discusses how to examine parts for wear. I have already recieved it and watched it. Excellent and easy to follow. Just finishing up the assembly of my 289 and then on to the C4. Good luck with yours.
 
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