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Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-09-19 4:43 PM (#570401)
Subject: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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I just checked my levels and the Powerflite is down a quart (which might explain the strange shifting once and awhile. (DUH).

I only have Dexron III on hand from a VW that used that (gone since 2008). I don't want to just throw it in the Powerflite without knowing what is best.

Thanks in Advance.

Dave F.



Edited by 56D500boy 2018-09-20 1:39 AM
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Shep
Posted 2018-09-19 8:19 PM (#570414 - in reply to #570401)
Subject: Re: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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I've used Dex 111 in my rebuilds with no issues.
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-09-19 8:42 PM (#570415 - in reply to #570401)
Subject: RE: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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Some answers here:

http://imperialclub.org/Repair/Transmission/fluids.htm

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wizard
Posted 2018-09-20 12:46 AM (#570425 - in reply to #570401)
Subject: Re: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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Dexron III is the fluid that most of us use even if there's type "A" available again now.

The Ford type "F" could do if one would want harder shifts, but there might be risks with that as well.
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57plymouth
Posted 2018-09-20 7:41 AM (#570436 - in reply to #570401)
Subject: Re: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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Regular old Dex/Merc in mine for nearly 30 years. No issues at all.
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57chizler
Posted 2018-09-20 5:17 PM (#570462 - in reply to #570401)
Subject: RE: Best modern ATF for a 1956 PowerFlite 2 spd auto?



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Opinions on this vary widely and most are based on anecdotal experience.

Bottom line, there isn't anything really unique about most of the pre-OD/lockup transmissions that requires a special fluid, it's just the manufacturer's recommendation.
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