View Full Version : FOM Transmission help needed!!

01-02-2007, 07:20 PM
Hi y'all,

Well, bad news from my transmission guy today. He said that my Flight-O-Matic was pretty badly messed up inside. All the friction material is gone, the clutch discs welded together, and the front and rear pumps destroyed. He's also having a hard time sourcing a torque converter.

So: two questions, I guess:

1) Who's the best source for parts like the pumps and torque

2) Might it be cheaper to replace the whole unit with a better
one? If so, does anyone in the SoCal area have a known good /
rebuildable FOM that's in better shape than mine?

It feels like I'm never going to get this car back on the road... [8]

BTW, this trans is for a '63 car with 259 v-8.


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

01-02-2007, 08:00 PM
If it were mine, I would try to repair or replace the F-O-M with the same unit. Yes there are other transmissions you could change to, but I think that would be more difficult/expensive and time consuming than repairing/replacing what you have. First, I would survey my close club members for a good replacement unit. If that doesn't work, I would check with the rebuilder to see if the needed parts could be obtained from a Ford transmission of the same vintage (there are a lot of internal parts that are interchangeable). I think these would be your cheapest and quickest alternatives, but things may be different in your area.

Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk

01-02-2007, 08:34 PM
Thanks, Tim; that's what I meant - replace with another FOM, not change to a Brand-X tranny.


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

01-03-2007, 01:36 PM
Clark, I've got what was a good, operating unit here you can have for free. Not to mislead you - I'd have this one gone thru (or at least checked out) before I used it, but it's here if you want it. Comes with a torque convertor if you like. Thing is, you have to come get it somehow - or pay me to prep and ship it.[:I]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Mike Van Veghten
01-03-2007, 02:43 PM
I mentioned John Metzker (from Turning Wheels) in a previous post.
He's got a ton of that stuff. Not sure if he'll sell parts outright though.


01-03-2007, 07:41 PM
I got parts for my FOM rebuild from Phil at Fairborn, donít know about the pumps I didnít have to replace mine, but may be worth a call Phil was very helpful to me. Seems I recall my local hot rod buddy who runs a trans shop telling me that he would send the torque converter out to be rebuilt for this unit, again I didnít pull mine, just picked his brain.

Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar