Apr 18th, 00, 09:20 AM
Gheatly, other Tremec swappers,
Went to the parts store to get tranny fluid I didn't have to finance for my Tremec (i.e. not the GM Synchromesh, but the optional Dextron IIE or Mercon Synthetic. They pointed me at some automatic transmission fluid with Dextron/Mercon all over it and explained that late-model manual often use ATF. Is this right? Thanks, Steve Laabs
Apr 19th, 00, 03:36 AM
Guys, sorry to bother you with the stupid question. Just fretting over ruining my new tranny to save money on tranny fluid. ATF is what's needed for the Tremec, in case anybody's interested. Forte's said they didn't know of anybody springing for the GM stuff, in fact. Steve Laabs
Steve in Colorado
Apr 19th, 00, 04:18 AM
I put a Tremec TKO in my 67 RS. I ended up using the high $ GM synchromesh just because that is what they recommended. I figured if something went wrong and I sent it back they wouldn't be able to say "you used the wrong fluid"! How did your conversion go? Do you have a consol? Aand if so, how did you rig it to fit with the shifter?
Apr 19th, 00, 07:52 AM
When I got mine I believe it had a sheet in the box calling for the Syncromesh fluid which is a synthetic oil. Even gave the part number. Since this is primarily a Ford gearbox I figured it must be important to use this so I did. The ATF, from what I hear, does not have the shearing lubrication quality to lube the gears under high stress. Stuff is expensive though.
Apr 20th, 00, 05:10 AM
GM Syncromesh fluid is rated GL-3. The last I bought was close to $9 a bottle. I know I was working on an 89 GMC p/u with it's 3rd. Getrag manual 5 speed. They require that fluid, so that's what went back into it. With all the problems those trannys had, I didn't need any more by using the wrong fluid.
'68 SS 427
Apr 20th, 00, 07:29 PM
Ditto. I just took my '68 with a new TKO around the block for the first time this afternoon. I used the GM product. Figure it this way, Tremec is not a GM company, but recommend their product. Hummm.
Though mine is a 68 console, I think the basic problems between our consoles are similar. The challenge I have is with 5th and reverse. The shifter is centered in the car while the original console is shifted to the left. Our sliders and backing plates look similar (I'm looking at a catalog). What I did was install a short 3" x 4" shifter boot that seals over the shifter handle and shifter. I just shoved the boot past the top bolt. I then cut 3/16" off of the LH inside of the slider so that the shifter handle and top bolt would not hit in 5th and rev. Unfortuately I have the wrong upper seal (I need square and got round) so you can see into the slider hole. Because of the fit I don't know if the original seal can be used. My thought is that if it does not I will purchase another cheap shifter boot and cut the top two accordian sections off and fit the first accordian into the slider hole. Not perfect, but at least you won't drop your keys in there. I would have done this with a taller boot but the slider hole 90 deg. off
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May 7th, 01, 03:44 PM
I just paid 1300 for a tremec...why wouldnt i want to pay 27 for the oil they recommend.......gm syncro is the way im going....you guys act like it was 500 a quart.