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Offline grahamc

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60 hydramatic transmission problems
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:22:26 AM »
noticed that the trans is not starting in 1st,[starts in 2nd], then bypasses 3rd and shifts into 4th, that is in d4 range. i drove it to a recommended repairer for assessment and was told approx $4000 to fix, worst case ,less i guess if its not totalled, i was a bit surprised on the costing, but that maybe  what it is,has anyone  recently had a tranny fixed or recoed in melbourne that could tell me what their costing was, i imagine parts are not as plentifull now, interested in any feedback, thanks       
forgot to mention, reverse is fine,drives in low,but makes a vibration sound while stationary,as does d3 same sound at idle and skips 1st on take off

Offline Bruce Reynolds

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 10:44:39 AM »
Try Accurate Automatics in The Nook, Bayswater.     accurateautomatics.com.au

I cannot advise you of any costing, as the then owner rebuilt mine way back in the late 90's.   The business was sold, but the owner, Alan Walton, was assisting the new owner at he time, until he fell ill.

Bruce. >:D

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Offline muzza427

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 01:30:46 PM »
HAd similar problems in my '60 Coupe -  never knew where it was. I bought my full overhaul kit on the Internet / Ebay through a company called "Transgo" who were very helpful if any doubt about the box, and had a retired Tranny specialist overhaul it in Mandurah (WA unfortunately) (He also did my TH400 in the 66 Fleetwood Brougham).

The kit was inexpensive at ~$300 and the repair / overhaul cost 1300 vs the $4000 you've been quoted. I asume it's a 1960 "Jetaway" if you have the option to go that route, it saved me a bucket full of money. It's like new now. If there's any members who know of similar in the Great South Land, speak up please.
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Offline Shorty64cad

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013, 02:55:57 PM »
Hi Graham,

I had Accurate Automatics in Bayswater rebuild the Jetaway (same as yours) tranny in my 64 Limo about 5 years ago.  It needed something extra than just the basic rebuild parts (but I can't think what it was) so it was a bit more than just a "standard" full rebuild.  Anyway, I drove the car to Joe, who is the owner of the business now, he and Alan did all of the work including removal and installation of the unit and I drove it away a few days later, having paid $2700 for the job. 

Hope this helps,

Greg.
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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
thanks guys, i have some decisions to make

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 01:02:55 PM »
have had the trans rebuilt[long story/issues/ problems] will be revealed if not all sorted by the person engaged to rebuild the trans, yep at this point of time[2 working days after pickup] not happy , to be continued.

Offline MY 59

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 08:00:40 AM »
I had a very similar problem in my '59, and posted in the US forums.
My box is very fussy about fluid level, if it is low - it will skip gears
Also, pay attention to the TV rod, I set mine to factory specs, but found it needs adjustinge either way as after 54 years factory tolerances may have changed ever so slightly!!

hope it helps :)
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Offline pdm59

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2013, 05:55:29 AM »
Hi Graham,

Where did you end up taking box for rebuild.

Paul

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2013, 09:54:11 AM »
at this stage i am in no comment mode,still on going saga

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2013, 05:55:12 AM »
Hi Graham,

Is there any good news on your box yet.

Paul

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2013, 09:27:40 PM »
no , looks like its comoing out again,

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 08:04:09 PM »
im no purest. but for the money when either my box or donk, croak it. im going straight to 454 and turbo 700 box. the price you can buy these crate motors and boxes for is superb.. a little bit of engineering and you got something that looks old but moves. but for now the 390 and box are running smooooooothly
neil kemp
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Offline pdm59

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2013, 05:59:22 AM »
I agree, the problem being that new generation mechanics lack the know how,  to deal with the old motors and boxes, which allows the remaining few people that have some knowledge go berserk with what they think is a fair price. I am leaning towards a BBC and turbo 700 in my resto project.

Paul

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2013, 02:24:33 PM »
car goes back to the company that rebuilt it, not recoed it as i was told yesterday,they say it was rebuilt not recoed,VACC up are up to speed with the situation,if it does not come out of this visit, thumpless and metal bangless ,after 3goes in 4 weeks i will be demanding a refund, each time i have left, it is with thumps and metal knocks[ not every shift,and not all the time],the buisness owner has heard it each visit and on his request for me to take it and see how it goes,,,,,,,,,,,, to be continued, have almost had traffic run in to me when it appears to go in to nuetral for up to 5 seconds during shifts,do you like those new words bangless/thumpless,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, not f#%*@$ happy.this is a1/10 of the whole saga,a comfortable seat ,a coffee,and cake would be the min requirement to read the full story

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Re: 60 hydramatic transmission problems
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2013, 08:11:29 PM »
Ron Lawrence advertises in the La Cad magazine, he is a jetaway transmission guru. Even though he is located in Sydney it would not take much to freight the box to him. Contact details are 0412 274812

Paul 8) 8)