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Whitson
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From: Western Canada
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 01-17-2006 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
I've been looking around to replace my daily driver 88TC. Really like the style of the 94 to 97 bird, but the transmission is scaring me off. Looks like they are really prone to trouble, specially the 94 & 95's. Anybody own one of these with a 4.6? Had trouble with the 4R70W? Are they better or worse than the AOD & AODE?
Any opinions welcome.

trashline
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From: Levittown, Pa
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posted 01-17-2006 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
getting rid of the TC?? what how about a super coupe. or throw a T3 on the TC for some added jiuce to make yo happy

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
Gillis at 18 psi, walbro 255 lph fuel pump, Kirban at 39 psi, 3.73 8.8" rear, rebuilt head, brand new IHI

66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
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79 f150 300 3 onda tree
awaiting a new transmission

Moneymaker
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posted 01-17-2006 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
They are only prone to trouble if the fluid change was neglected.
AODE's are very reliable as long as the fluid is changed often.

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Whitson
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From: Western Canada
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posted 01-17-2006 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trashline:
getting rid of the TC?? what how about a super coupe. or throw a T3 on the TC for some added jiuce to make yo happy



Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my TC. I still think it's the best balanced/all around package Ford ever produced.
Unfortunatly mine was hit very hard in the rear end before I bought it and it's rusting in places I can't reach. Lack of Tbird sheet metal on the market doesn't help either.
I need a new body.
I want to find a rust free, low mileage 85 to 88 Bird and do it up. My wife says it's time to move on, buy a newer bird and add the TC to my toy collection.
Super Coupe? Sure, if I could find a blown up one and drop a 5.0 or Windsor in it.

tbirdtodd
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From: Kendallville, IN, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 01-20-2006 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tbirdtodd        Reply w/Quote
I have a 95 Thunderbird, and it's currently sitting in the driveway with a bad tranny, though i think it may just be the torque converter, which is prone to ballooning and failing. If you get one and have problems, I'd suggest getting a 99 or newer trans, which is much improved, though you will have to re-pin or swap out the wiring harness.(really not that hard) And DO NOT put the stock converter back on, get an aftermarket or one for a mercury marauder(10 inch i believe compared to stock 12inch junk). Check out tccoa.com for more info

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