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Offline ricardo1967

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ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« on: May 02, 2015, 04:20:20 PM »
Hey guys,
Any recommendations for transmission fluid for my FED’'s glide? It’s a 1.76:1 with manual valve body, transbrake and Coan 4500 rpm converter. It’s not a high buck deal by any means (homebuilt SBC400). I haven’t opened up this glide yet (it came with the car-roller), but so far so good. It does leak profusely while parked. I plan pulling it out sometime to refresh or at least change gaskets and seals.

What’s the approximated fluid capacity (standard pan, no cooler)?

Anything special when selecting a dipstick for it?

Thanks as always.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2015, 06:22:27 PM by ricardo1967 »

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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 10:54:07 AM »
I use NAPA brand type F fluid in both my cars. NAPA brand is packaged Ashland oil which is Valoline. I have customers that use everything from hydraulic fluid to the expensive synthetic.
There seems to be no right or wrong. As far as amount of fluid. You will need 7 or 8 with your combo. I would start checking at 6 just to be safe on not over filling.

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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 11:01:17 AM »
Any of the aftermarket stick and tubes will work great just make sure its a locking type. And most likely your leak while sitting is coming from around the dip stick tube if its a stock one. As you converter drains off from sitting it over fills the trans above the o ring on the tube and causes a leak. The aftermarket ones that use the GM boot type seal work wonders at stopping this issue.

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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 12:13:02 PM »
Thanks a lot Dan, I really appreciate your guidance here.

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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2015, 03:14:48 PM »
Thanks just doin what I can.

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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 07:36:40 PM »
WalMart ATF...type F....Never a problem......As long as I don't abuse the trans. on the brake it will stay good all year.
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Re: ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 06:02:47 AM »
After NAPA quoted a case price on NAPA brand type F I went straight to Walmart and bought it for 1/2
So far so good--it is still red as new and trans works just fine--I do not use a brake--I have manual VB and just foot-brake so heat is not there like with transbrake.
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