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  • Transmission / Overdrive: Detroit Gear Automatic rebuilding -- who does it

    I have a friend who owns a 1954 Hudson with a Detroit Gear automatic transmission. He's got the manual and all the tools (they're mine on loan to him), but he's hesitant to tear into it. He also has a rebuild kit from FATSCO who doesn't rebuild them anymore. He's located in south central Pennsylvania and wants to know who a competent rebuilder is. He's willing to take it most anywhere there's a good automatic transmission rebuilder. Any recommendations?

    Alan Mende, Grantville, PA
    Kindest regards,

    Alan Mende
    Grantville, PA

    I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

  • #2
    Alan, Jerry Kurtz might know. I believe his '50 Commander Starlight has the Automatic Drive.
    Brad Johnson,
    SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
    '56 Sky Hawk in process


    • #3
      It may be a bit far away, however Studebaker West (Carl & Herman Thoms, the Studebaker specialist service and parts suppliers, Redwood City, CA) I believe rebuild 1950 - '55 Detroit Gear auto drive units - Their contact info is listed in their T.W. ad and with the Co-Operators feature.


      • #4
        I would check with Witmer's in Ephrata first-if they don't they must know someone.
        Rob in PA.


        • #5
          Jerry Kurtz is no longer working on the transmissions/cars. I've just taken mine to a fellow near Shamokin, who's been working on transmissions since 1969, Waiting for him to get to it to see how it goes, so can't say yet. But he's a bit overwhelmed by his everyday work and some other issues. PM me for more info, if you'd like.


          • #6
            I'm not sure if Ross Miller Ross at Speedwell Garage does Detroit Gear transmissions or not. I know he does Ultramatics. Check with him, his forum name here is "Ross".
            Winston-Salem, NC
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