Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Orange Park, FL.
Got the car back yesterday. Yesterday morning actually, had to take it back for a slight band adjustment because the 2nd to 3rd shift points were off a little. Now it's perfect.
I have a rebuilt TorqueFlite 904 with a 2 year/24k mile warranty!
New/reman torque converter, pump, reverse/low band, kickdown flex (high?)band, clutch packs, valve body seals, new filter and fluid.
What happened: The main thing that led to this transmission's demise, was the fact that this car had a towing package on it. It still has the Class III/IV hitch on it. (Which I SHOULD have taken as a sign before I bought it.. but the car was so nice, I pretended that I didn't see the hitch lol) The original owner used to tow a huge boat or travel home with it.
So after the car sat for some time, barely driven, then I get it and start driving it daily for the first week, it busted the reverse band (that was the loud bang I heard putting it in reverse the morning of the day it died) plus, the pump seals were shot, and the over run clutch packs from all the towing etc etc.
Another thing was the teeth on the flywheel were badly worn from all the years of starting, and there was a big crack on the edge of the flywheel itself.
(I meant to get a picture of that but forgot - also meant to take a pic of the new torque converter because it was a pretty blue!)
And, the car needed a new starter... but get this, not because the original, 1980 starter motor itself went out, but the housing and mounting assembly (the two long bolts) of the starter needed replacing. I think that says a lot about the quality of the original 1980 starter motor! Still cranking!
Anyway, all water under the bridge now!