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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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w108 transmission purchase? tips please?

this is my introduction but i updated the title skip to 2nd and 3rd posts

I spent a few days on these forums a while back but was distracted and haven't been back in a long time. Also, I never made an introduction then better later than never right. I already posted this in new introductions, but I'll be spending all my time here in vintage so thought I'd post it here too.

Hey everybody my names mark wootton from Dallas, Texas and I was recently given a '67 250SE 4 door. It had been sitting for about 4 years. First I replaced the ignition system, the filters and fluids, plugs and plug wires, I had a much more knowledgeable friend help me with the drivetrain and originally he thought that just the U-joints and axle flex joint would need to be replaced. Unfortunately after purchasing those and taking the drivetrain off we found that a previous owner had bored it out and replaced the U-joints with a standard most likely GM U-joint rather than the original. So, after searching for 2 days we finally found some that would fit, barely and with some hammering. After that I still had a better but very bad knocking issue when changing gears mostly from drive to reverse (it's an automatic) and when I got up to 55 there was some fairly violent vibrating it would level off a bit at around 70-90 but was still pretty rough. 55-65 was just terrible. After driving for a little while and running about 5 bottles of injector cleaner in I realized they just needed to be purged. So I took it to a shop and they took care of that and after it sounded like a totally different engine, and made me think that they weren't all firing before. So that was great news but the bad news after a test drive I found the transmission will need to be rebuilt. That's where I am now ($1600 later and looking at a grand total of about $5000 to get it back to cruising at 110). Baby's at the shop and I have about $600 for rebuilding the tranny which will cost up to $1200 if I can find someone to do it. I could really use an old tranny instead, but I can't find one in any yard in Dallas. I'm very new to all this and am looking forward to learning alot from you guys. Thanks!

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I've got a couple contacts in Colorado. You'd have to pay for shipping of course...

I had a shot tranny too, and took it to Amco. I paid a little more than $2000 for it all, and I got a warranty with it. In all, I was very pleased with the whole deal, and I felt the $$ was well spent.
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Yeah I could pay for shipping though so far I've found two used ones in Dallas one for $550 with exchange and one for $750. I was given 2 contacts in San Jose that my mechanic highly recommends so I'll call them tomorrow and see what happens. Obviously the shipping will be more from San Jose than Colorado though so I'd love to check those guys too. Think you could PM me their info? Much appreciated.
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