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FOM Transmission help needed!!

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  • FOM Transmission help needed!!

    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

    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |

  • #2
    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
    Tim K.
    \'64 R2 GT Hawk


    • #3
      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

      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |


      • #4
        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

        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


        • #5
          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.



          • #6
            Riverside, Ca.
            1957 Provincial X2
            1958 Transtar