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Username Post: cast iron transmission overhaul        (Topic#352321)
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Loc: Detroit MI
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08-03-18 12:40 PM - Post#2741882    

My local Detroit classic car transmission guy came and looked at my 59 El Camino. He says he does not work on the cast iron transmissions, and does not know anyone local that does.

any input or ideas on how (whom) I can arrange to have overhauled?

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08-04-18 10:55 AM - Post#2741950    
    In response to stevelegel

I had the same delimma when I got ready to have my ‘60 Impala power glide rebuilt. I went to numerous shops and usually just got stared at but some would recommend someone that might be able to help but then I would just get stared at again or get another recommendation. Finally when I was about to give up and go another transmission route one of the recommendations paid off. When I called the guy that was recommended to see if in fact he worked on cast iron power glides he said yes and that his first new car was a ‘60 Chevy with a CIPG. As I mentioned I had got to the point of installing a different transmission but I wanted to keep the car as original as I could and the way that it was when I bought it in 1962. Don’t give up just keep calling and asking. Lamar

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08-04-18 06:56 PM - Post#2741975    
    In response to stevelegel

Go to My ChevyTalk at the top of the forums and fill out your profile a little more and put in where you are located. Someone close may know someone to do your CIPG.

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08-05-18 05:17 AM - Post#2741989    
    In response to Keith_Knox

What I'm about to write here is kind of sad...but.

I've had problems with my power glide from the day I bought my car. It leaks like you wouldn't believe even after rebuild. And then after the rebuild from someone who told me they could rebuild's still a turd.

I am now shopping around for a modern automatic transmission. I have no intentions of getting rid of the power glide, should I choose to sell the car the PG goes with will just be in the trunk.

My apologies for the profanity....


1960 Impala 2dr hard top - 348 tri

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08-05-18 05:46 PM - Post#2742052    
    In response to stevelegel


If you are willing to get it to Chicago anytime soon I can give you a referral.

I used David Edwards to get all my parts you can reach him at Very knowledgeable and he might be able to put you in contact with someone in your area.


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08-09-18 12:26 PM - Post#2742502    
    In response to Hards..60

The problem becomes sourcing parts. No one wants to tear one down and find a problem where you can't get a part. And if you do get the part, how many hours will that eat up?

Unless you want to commit big bucks, I would recommend another transmission that is more readily available and has parts available.

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08-10-18 09:16 AM - Post#2742599    
    In response to Mercedes

This outfit stocks parts for obsolete transmissions.


Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.

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08-10-18 04:01 PM - Post#2742650    
    In response to raycow

I realize that you could probably source the seals and friction discs. The problem comes in when you need a hard part and that would be common on a piece of equipment that old.

Then what? Call everyone on the planet and eat up two weeks or more to come back empty handed with a car torn down and no solution?

That's why no one wants to work on it. It is not worth the risk when other people are standing there with money. Best to try this yourself.

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