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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Well , Doing a torque converter swap by yourself kind of sucks but I'm half
done .
The exhaust system was easy , so was the lowering of the gas tank .The drive-shaft
was not bad either. I broke the third starter bolt in half , it just would not move .
I also managed to strip the converters nuts , all of them so I cut them off with
a saws-all , kind of sucks cause my stock converter looked new , It had 2001 written on it .
I was able to install the MrkVIII flex-plate and slide the torque converter in .That was all done in just
about 12 hours .

Tomorrow should be easier than today .
I hope !:cool:
 

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SuperNewbie
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you are a brave man! Enjoy that thing!
 

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Porkchop said:
took less than 3 minutes total to do mine :D
Pretty easy when the engine is out! :rofl:

Joe
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
Today was a roller coaster ride ,the installation was easy had no problems .
But when I started the car and it started shaking and the OD light was flashing .
Boy was that fun !

The car now throws a code right away .
Bummed out I take an hour break .


Now I rent a scanner , the car throws two codes .
I got one code for the maf and one for transmission .

P1747 Pressure Control Solenoid "A" Short Circuit (epcs) I think AND the maf sensor was not connected .Lol

Now I drop the tranny pan because I thought the epcs connection was loose .
I touched all sensors and connections in the tranny to rule out a bad connection . I Then put everything back together and now the codes are gone .

Now I take the car for a test drive to return the scanner .
On the way back from the store I see lots of smoke , so I pulled over and saw a leak from a round the dipstick area . I make it home and jacked the car to try to pin point the leak .


I decided to drop the pan again , I put the pan back on and now its dark.
Now I take the car to Jack' n the box for some food and more testing . While waiting on the drive through the car starts shaking at idle and I could hear the converter shaking . Not too bad but noticeable . When I gave it some gas the shaking would go away but it came right back at idle .
I thought It may need tranny fluid , I have to dbl check the level .


Now on my way back home from Jack the car felt fine and drove fine , had nice shifts .

So the car now is running with out any codes , I just have to be on the look out for a leak that I couldn't rule out at night and keep an ear on the idle shaking that doesn't happen all the time . Only did it the one time on the drive through.


What could that shaking be , It did it ones so far ?
 

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im no expert, but those things hold alot of fluid. ive seen trannies act real strange without proper fluid. certainly driving it helps cycle the fluid. i'd keep an eye on the fluid level now that your driving it.
 

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Well today I installed a new tranny dip stick o ring , and gave the car a wash .
I drove the car to work and all was well except for a small tranny leak that I hope
got fixed with the new o ring.
The car shifts great and when I get on her she moves .
The only concern I got now is that my temp is a hair past what I remember .
But it could be my imagination .
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I got to wait till the end of the week for me to get the intake , head changeing kit ,water pump niple ,and hose . I think I need four front cover bolts and intake gaskets .

But I need some rest , I'm not eager to do the head swap right now .
Maybe in two or three weeks .
 

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i have front cover bolts left over from my 97 engine...you can have em...i also have the front crank seal for the front cover

the front cover gaskets are re-usable arent they?
 

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supergordo said:
im no expert, but those things hold alot of fluid. ive seen trannies act real strange without proper fluid. certainly driving it helps cycle the fluid. i'd keep an eye on the fluid level now that your driving it.


Gordon ,

I did only put about 2 qrts in the torque converter when I installed it .

I think by know it should be full , I drove the car all day yesterday and had no
issues .

I checked the oil level and it was normal , I think I have about two gallons
in there because I had to drain the tranny fluid three times and took out
close to 2 gallons each time .

Thanks
 

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Well leaks are gone , but I do notice that my temp at times climes to 3/4 and drops back down to normal . The only times my temps reached 3/4 before is when I'm on it going up hill .

I guess I need a biger tranny cooler then .

What could the temp issue be ?
 

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The tranny cooler is 11x9 tube fine .
 

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I had to cut my bolts on TC.....damn Ford.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Porkchop said:
hmm shouldnt that be alright? you should have put more tranny fluid in the converter

I only put 2qrts in , but the converter is working well .
Everything seems normal except for that , its not constantly at 3/4 just sometimes .
 

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_95badbird said:
I had to cut my bolts on TC.....damn Ford.

Lol , Yeah those converter nuts and the stater bolt took about 3-4 hours !
:eek:
 
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