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    Hopefully I didn't fry the AOD...




    One of the cooler line connectors started leaking profusely on my drive home tonight, and not much was amiss when it happened. I guess it failed while I was on the interstate. When I got off at my exit, I got a mild slip starting from the stop light but shifted normally for about another half mile. While waiting at the light prior to my house, started smelling ATF. It took off fine, but when I slowed and got back on the accelerator, it slipped before engaging. I managed the last quarter-mile home and popped the hood to smoke. The lower fitting on the transmission was dripping onto the converter and the undercarriage is coated in ATF to the rear bumper. Dipstick is dry with the car off, so fluid level is dangerously low.

    The closest fitting I can find is Dorman 800-608, but it's not listed as correct for this car, but fits AODs up until '85??



    Very aggravating. Unless there's another fitting type I should be looking for, I'll get one of those tomorrow, a disconnect tool, and enough Mercon V to get things going again.

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    You should be fine.


    Happened to my car twice ten plus years ago.

    Popped off at the radiator cooler and destroyed my brake pads on the drivers side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    You should be fine.


    Happened to my car twice ten plus years ago.

    Popped off at the radiator cooler and destroyed my brake pads on the drivers side.
    Overall, I believe your outlook on things is right.

    The quick disconnect wasn't grabbing the line anymore and it pulled out easily without a tool. I used a Dorman 800-608 fitting, which works fine for our stuff (despite several places saying: Nope, that ain't it). The first one I got, the plastic clip inside broke when I tried inserting the line. The second one I got worked fine. The AOD took on about 3.5 quarts of Mercon V before getting into the hatched area on the dipstick.

    I took it on a short highway and in-town circuit. Seems to be shifting normally. No slipping between gears, no lurchy starts. Shift points seem to be fine, O/D comes on still at 43 MPH with no throttle. I'll monitor for leaks or any changes in shifting behavior.

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    There are basically 2 different quick connect fittings, difference is line size. 5/16 or 3/8" I think. One fits, the other obviously doesn't. The listings are kind of screwed up on those things. I keep one on hand and when I use it I just take the empty package to the parts store and do a "gimme one of these".

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    Figured a small update might be worthwhile...

    Haven't had any issues after fixing the fitting on the transmission, still going good. No troubles with the HO swap thus far, very fun to wind the engine up given its motivation. A/C has been solid so far in this heat, but it kills the gas mileage, gets about 13-14 straight city MPG right now. I'll take the comfort though.


    Barring the dent I've been putting off rectifying for two years, I did get something "new" for the tailgate that'll swap to the donor one.



    Georgia upped the age limit for running a "year of manufacture" tag from 1970 to 1989. I can now run my 1983-1989 plate since it has a 1987 sticker on it. All I have to do is keep a signed affidavit from my tag office and the originally issued tag in the car, and I can use the old. Costs nothing for me, especially considering if one wants a "Hobby/Antique Automobile" tag (has a Model T on it, then alphanumeric), you're gonna pay extra for the manufacturing (one time), and an extra yearly "special plate" fee, on top of your $20 for the sticker. Plus, I think a period correct plate looks cooler, even if it's not the most visually exciting thing.

    Nick said once he's back down from his travels in NY, the old Country Squire tailgate is going on here. I think I'll start working on getting it cleaned up for install. I know I want to replace the dew wipe so that it's not going to scratch the glass. As I've said before I'm going to "attempt" to get colors similar to what's on the car so it's close-ish. There's no matching fade at the present state.

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    -1989 Sable LS Wagon (88,710 Miles) - Sold
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    Are there any stipulations behind running the old plate? You might want to look deeper into that. Here in Michigan you can only run a plate like that if driving the car to and from shows, not at all for pleasure or commute. I got popped for that with my '69 Plymouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Are there any stipulations behind running the old plate? You might want to look deeper into that. Here in Michigan you can only run a plate like that if driving the car to and from shows, not at all for pleasure or commute. I got popped for that with my '69 Plymouth.
    Georgia has no restrictions. You can drive at your leisure.

    The official page: https://dor.georgia.gov/authentic-hi...e-registration

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    Yes NY is also a pita when it comes to classic cars. What a surprise.
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    F'in Michigan..
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    NJ does not have that option so far as I know. You run the plate you are assigned. I can pay extra for a custom plate, or its just whatever the next number on the stack is.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

    Quote Originally Posted by phayzer5 View Post
    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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