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Hey first post and first ford ever owned. I got my hands on a 95 302 eddie buaer and I love it. I bought it from an old couple who treated it very well, but it has been sitting for almost two years. It fires up fine, runs well except for the transmission. It slams into reverse a lot and sometimes it wont go from 2nd until it hits 3500 rpm and slams into 3rd and i noticed the od light blinked when ever it did that. I know damn well there is condensation inside, I haven't changed the oil or filter in the tranny yet.
I'm taking it to aamco to see if it needs to be either flushed or if it needs re-building.

But with the gears acting like that I don't think a flush would help, I could be wrong.

So far I've changed the oil, added some lucas stabilizer, going to replace the oil pan gasket soon. Replacing the radiator soon, it leaks :rockon also replacing the rear diff gasket, when i opened the fill hole it barely had any fluid, surprised it hadn't seized up.

There suspension is rusty and needs replacing so lift kit is coming soon.

eventually i want to do a frame off restoration but its my dd atm so...

Going from toyota to ford has been a nice change, especially the bronco as my first ford vehicle.

So a sleeping beauty to a daily driver over night, anything I should look out for?
 

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First off don't take it to AAmco and don't flush the trans.
Change the fluid and filter , including torque converter, yourself.
Before even thinking of a lift kit get all the bugs worked out and all the maintenance done.
Tune up, fluid changes, gaskets and everything that "needs" to be done.
I'm sure someone will chime in as to your blinking OD light.

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Your user name is weird. Thought I'd mention the elephant in the room.
It fires up fine, runs well except for the transmission. It slams into reverse a lot and sometimes it wont go from 2nd until it hits 3500 rpm and slams into 3rd and i noticed the od light blinked when ever it did that. I know damn well there is condensation inside, I haven't changed the oil or filter in the tranny yet.
If it worked well before sitting you should definately do that.
I'm taking it to aamco to see if it needs to be either flushed or if it needs re-building.
Ammco is a generic franchised transmission shop. In other words they aren't very good. Like jiffy lube for transmissions. (bad)


So far I've changed the oil, added some lucas stabilizer,
Don't do that again. The only definitive thing oil stabilizer does is increase the viscosity, which is a BAD thing. If your engine is in good shape it doesn't need it.
replacing the rear diff gasket, when i opened the fill hole it barely had any fluid, surprised it hadn't seized up.
The Rear diff cover is sealed with RTV, there is no gasket from the factory.

So a sleeping beauty to a daily driver over night, anything I should look out for?
Expect to replace EVERY rubber bushing on the truck, New hoses too. Check the age of the tires, if they're over 6 years old time for new ones. Never go by tread wear alone, this is what happens when you do:

Get that old fuel run out and run some injector cleaner through then change the fuel filter. Don't forget to change brake, power steering, and transfer case fluid.

Blinking OD light is the transmission saying "STOP YOU IDIOT". It happens when things are screwey. Change the Trans fluid and filter and see if that helps.
 

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damn, I'm giving it another oil change within the next 100 miles, thought it would help. I've checked most of the hoses and they seem fine, but im replacing them anyways, already did that with the brake lines.
 

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How long is "a while"? 6 months is a whole different ball of wax from 6 years.

Be VERY cautious about ATF. Generic Dex/Merc isn't good. Read this caption:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/491904

Get a paperclip & read the codes.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/862996

Installing a lift kit is NOT the right way to service the suspension, and will create even more maintenance concerns. Take a few months or years to get to know the truck, and how you use it, and what you need from it.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72354
 

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How long is "a while"? 6 months is a whole different ball of wax from 6 years.

Be VERY cautious about ATF. Generic Dex/Merc isn't good. Read this caption:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/491904

Get a paperclip & read the codes.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/862996

Installing a lift kit is NOT the right way to service the suspension, and will create even more maintenance concerns. Take a few months or years to get to know the truck, and how you use it, and what you need from it.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72354
Almost 2 years,
 

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By the way, how many gallons of atf will the tranny hold? I was told 27 quarts but that's 6.3 gallons. If it is, then damn it my wallet's in for a raping.
 

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I've parked mine in the woods for ~2 years, hopped in, set the cruise at ~100mph for a couple of hours, wheeled all weekend, hauled ass home, and parked it again.

Yes, good ATF is expensive - but it's cheaper than rebuilding an E4OD (~$2K). Haynes has all the fluid capacities, and almost everything else you need to know, so buy one:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/449785
 

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I bought it as soon as i saw it haha, I'm not exactly too keen on rebuilding the trans anyways. Thanks for all the info! cant wait to restore it to factory condition
 

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By the way, how many gallons of atf will the tranny hold? I was told 27 quarts but that's 6.3 gallons. If it is, then damn it my wallet's in for a raping.
I wanna say it was about 3-4 gallons when I did mine. So yes it's a pretty penny, but steve is right, it's far cheaper than a new trans. Plus you only have to change it every 30k, which comes out to about 3 years normal driving.
 
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