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Flightomatic transmission pan

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    Is there another transmission oil pan that will fit the Flightomatic transmission in my 1960 Hawk? It seems that this is an air-cooled transmission that could benefit from some of the aftermarket made aluminum pans to help cool the oil. Is there a way to hook up an external oil cooler to this transmission? Are there any other tips on keeping it cool? I am stationed in Germany (land of no speed limits) on the Autobahns so I will have to keep running at least 85 mph to keep from getting run over. Thanks Harry

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    Ya know, Harry - that's one tough transmission. And the fact that most of them from Studebaker WEREN'T fitted with an external cooler says alot.
    I've never had a Flight-o-matic Stude with a cooler for the tranny and I've NEVER had a FoM failure of ANY kind - ever.

    I'd say, if you were consistently towing something with your Hawk or were gonna cause it UNDUE stress (Which 85MPH isn't), you'd have call to worry.[:I]

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    • #3
      Could one glue AL strips on the bottom of the pan for better cooling ?

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      • #4
        Thanks, I was just wondering if it needed a cooler as most modern cars with an automatic have one, the oil that I drained did not smell burnt and was fairly clean - most of the dirt had settled to the bottom - is the screen the only filter? Still learning, thanks Harry

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          Thanks, I was just wondering if it needed a cooler as most modern cars with an automatic have one, the oil that I drained did not smell burnt and was fairly clean - most of the dirt had settled to the bottom - is the screen the only filter? Still learning, thanks Harry

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          • #6
            I agree with Biggs that the Flighty is a stout unit. I just keep close tabs on the fluid and change it regularly.

            Curt, glue would act as an insulator between the pan and whatever you were using as a heat sink, and would likely not be durable over the long term. Generally when I remove a pan, I just clean and straighten it, then spray it with a light coat of flat finish paint which, believe it or not, increases the radiant surface area a bit.

            MarkC

            MarkC, 64 Y8
            Working in Spokane, WA

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            • #7
              It should be the same as a 67-72 Ford Cruise-O-Matic with a cast iron case. Pick yourself up a Gil Younger Trans-Go SK3-67 shift kit and an old iron case cruise-o drill and tap the case put the Ford vacuum modulator in with the Ford valve body and 1st gear starts.

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