Automatic, This is the first time I ever been on a forum. This is also my very first sports car worth modding and it dosen't help that I don't know much about cars. But yes I am looking for a tranny. I want a really good one that will take abuse. I don't know the name of it but I thought you could help me out there. What would you suggest for a good transmission?
I have to tell you straight up, for a first "sports car", you sure picked a dilly.
These cars have always been known for their maintenance intense lifestyles. If you are serious about keeping your SC, I would start putting money aside and keeping it now for the repairs that are going to be coming your way.
You haven't told us alot about your car, so here's a short list, but not an all inclusive list to things that like to go worng with these babies:
Head Gaskets - The head gaskets are notorious for going bad on these cars. If you blow a gasket and continue to drive the car after it overheats, add a set of new heads to the repair because sure as the day is long you'll warp the heads beyond use. Of course many SC owners use the blown headgasket syndrome as an excuse to start modifying and beefing up their SC.
Supercharger Front Hub Seal - Not an expesnive repair, but a nuisance repair.
ABS Brake System - The brake system on these cars give owners fits sometimes. it is better to rip out the master cylinder and booster and repalce it with a setup from a Crown Vic as you eliminate the power booster, accumulator and unnecessary garbage Ford threw in there. Pllus it gives you a bit more room under the hood for wrenching. Every little bit helps there.
Transmission - With the 5 speed trannys, it's chronic for the syncros to go bad which causes hard shifting, especially between 2nd and 3rd gear. There is an upgraded kit that can be purchased when rebuilding the 5 speed trannys that replaces the nylon syncros with brass ones. Definitely worth the upgrade, even if you're not racing the car. As for the AOD's these are stout transmissions but if you plan on any hard driving or racing, it is imperative to have them beefed up with upgraded brass pieces as well. Stall converters and shift kits work well as long as the rest of the transmission is up to the task of the extreme use. To be honest, $400 will not go a long way in the rebuild of one of these trannys if you're looking for hard use durablity. Look to invest at least double that to ensure longevity. And remember, there's no point in doing things twice and blowing even more hard earned money with a second rebuild simply because you cut corners the first time.
Not trying to rain on your parade, but I wanted to give you a better idea of what these cars are known to have happen to them so you can prepare financially down the road.