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Top 5 Predictions For the Automotive World In 2013

Posted by on Monday, December 31st, 2012

The American auto market is affected by our economy, world events and changes in the American culture. The U.S. auto industry has made major recoveries in the past few years. Higher gas prices have led to an increase in the popularity of smaller vehicles and hybrids. The U.S. is the second largest automotive market in the world, second only to China. Here are my top 5 predictions for the automotive world in 2013.

1)  The new 2014 Corvette will be a smash hit. The new Corvette will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.  GM plans to stop making the 2013 Corvette in February and expects the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY to be shut down for 5 months as they retool the assembly line for the new model. As a side note, the limited production of the 2013 model will make it more collectible in the future. Changes coming to the new Corvette include General Motors first 8 speed automatic transmission and a small block engine with direct injection. The 2014 Corvette is often referred to as the C7. The “7” stands for the seventh completely new Corvette model since they were first introduced in the early 1950’s.

2013 corvette C7

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One Tough As Nails Transmission: The Ford 4R100

Posted by on Friday, December 28th, 2012

The Ford 4R100 is a heavy duty four speed automatic transmission used in rear wheel drive vehicles equipped with the 7.3 liter diesel engine. It was introduced in 1999 and phased out after the 2003 model year.  The transmission is rated up to 1000 ft lbs of torque, which makes it tough as nails and one of the strongest automatic transmissions on the market. The transmission is very stout until owners start modifying their diesel engines, at which point the 4R100 becomes one of the weak links.

Heavy Duty Ford with 4R100 Transmission

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Off Roaders and Pro-Street Racers Love This Transmission Transplant

Posted by on Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The 4L65E comes from a family of 4 speed automatic transmissions produced by General Motors. The following transmissions fall into that group; 700R4, 4L60 and the 4L60E. The 4L65E was introduced in 2001 and featured a number of changes from the previous three transmissions in the family. The 4L65E is ideal for high powered vehicle transplants and we will tell you why.

The 4L65E differed from the other three transmissions in that it had a 5-pinion planetary gear along with a stronger input shaft. The changes increase the torque capacity of the transmission to over 300 ft lbs of torque. The changes permitted GM engineers to put the 4L65E behind the more powerful 6.0 LS small block motor.

4L65E diagram

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The Ford A4LD: Get To Know Its Problems And How To Prevent Them

Posted by on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The A4LD is a four speed overdrive transmission produced by Ford. It is based on the original C3 three speed transmission with a fourth overdrive gear added. The transmission was designed mainly to go behind four and six cylinder engines. The transmission was first introduced in the 1988 Ranger and Bronco II and stayed in production through 2002. Besides the Ranger and Bronco II, the A4LD was used in the Mustang, Thunderbird, Aerostar, Sierra, Explorer, the Mazda Navajo and B-Series vehicles, and the Merkur Scorpio. It was eventually replaced by the 4R44E and 4R55E transmissions.

Ford A4LD Transmission

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Chrysler A618 Transmission: A Fine Transplant Candidate For Street Rods & Muscle Cars

Posted by on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Chrysler has a long history of making TorqueFlite automatic transmissions, dating all the way back to 1956. Some of the better known TorqueFlite transmissions are the A727 and A904, both of which were fitted into some of the coolest muscle cars made in the 1960’s and 1970. A less known TorqueFlite is the A618.

The A618 is a beast of a transmission, primarily used behind the 5.9 Liter Cummings diesel engine and the V10 engine. It is rated to hold over 450 ft. lbs. of torque, making it ideal for higher powered vehicles. It is a heavier duty version of the A518 transmission. Both transmissions are based on the original heavy duty A727, but differ from it in that they are four speed overdrive transmissions (the A727 is a three speed transmission).

A618 TorqueFlite Transmission cut-away

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Race Smart And Invest In These Safety Items

Posted by on Monday, December 24th, 2012

There is a little drag or road racer in all of us. We all like to have bragging rights to who has the quickest car, and we put tons of money into making our cars safer. Roll bars, upgraded brakes, safety glass, better suspension components and heavier duty bumpers all fall within this group. But rarely do we think about transmission safety, especially when it comes to automatic transmissions. When a transmission breaks under high performance conditions bad things can happen. Broken drive shafts, exploding flex plates and self-grenading sun gears, clutch packs and other failures can cause very serious injuries – including limb amputation and death. I’ve seen it happen and it’s not pretty. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make your transmission safer.

Automatic Racing Transmission

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What You Need To Know About The GM 4T40E Transmission

Posted by on Friday, December 21st, 2012

The 4T40E is a four speed automatic transaxle designed and built by General Motors. It was first used in 1995 in the Chevrolet Cavalier and Corsica, along with the Pontiac Sunfire. The transmission was used up through 2005 in many other vehicles, including the Daewoo Nubira and Lanos, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Pontiac Grand Am, the Oldmobile Alero and Cutlass, and the Saturn L-Series of vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at the 4T40E.

4T40E Automatic Transmission

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Ford Makes A Six Speed Automatic Transmission? Yes, And It Is Called The 6R60

Posted by on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Did you know that Ford makes a 6 speed automatic transmission? Yes, it’s true and it’s called the 6R60/6R80. This transmission made its debut in 1996 and is still in use and production today. It was used in some of Fords most popular cars including the Explorer, Mustang, F150, Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.

Mustang with 6R60 Automatic Transmission

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There are some common problems with this transmission that you’ll want to keep an eye out for:

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Gifting A Transmission For The Holiday Season? Don’t Forget These Items, Too!

Posted by on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The holiday season is upon us and the giving mood is in full swing. If you decide to give that special person, employee or yourself a transmission this year – while it’s a great, generous gift – I recommend adding a few more items to make it a complete, ready to install package. Here are the accessories I recommend buying to go along with the transmission:

Complete Transmission Package

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What You Need To Know When Choosing A High Performance Torque Converter

Posted by on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

When it comes to drag racing and really any type of racing involving an automatic transmission choosing a quality, high performance torque converter can be a daunting task. Torque converters are one of the least understood parts on a vehicle. So how do you choose a good converter? Here is what to look for.

nternals of a torque converter

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