I had planned to have the transmission overhauled, but when I looked
at it closely, It appeared to have been rebuilt fairly recently. So I decided
to risk it. Hydramatics are known to be pretty reliable, and mine was
working perfectly when removed. It didn't even leak!
Most of the body of the transmission is aluminum, so It was easy to clean
with paint remover, and a wire wheel on my angle grinder. The Middle is steel
and was a bit harder. I used navel jelly to get the rust off, and the finished
it up with the wire wheel.
After a good once over with lacquer thinner, I gave it a couple of coats
of Cadillac blue paint. Looks pretty good I think!
Moving the Transmission around was the hardest part. It is about 150 pounds,
and is awkward to move. I used a furniture dolly, but even then I wasn't happy.
I'll be really glad when it is back in the car.
Author: Bill McKenna