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    Default 2.3t Automatic trans options

    89 2.3t what are my options for an automatic trans?
    Specific info is needed, c4 from a pinto wagon- I assume any year with 2.3.
    But what else? c3.
    It seems this question is hard to get solid answers.
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    Didn’t the turbo coupes come with an A4LD? Unless you’re looking for more of a “race” trans.

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    I honestly haven’t researched, but yes seems they did. Although they do seem notoriously weak.
    I am looking for any possible options, preferably not computer controlled or at least easily controlled.
    Not a “performance” application.
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    Seems to be a lot of info on this site

    http://forum.turboford.org/cgi-bin/u...DaysPrune=1000

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    Was finally able to have an hour to search a little deeper, just trying to not make a mistake in “thinking” it was right. I appreciate it guys, any info /guidance is welcome
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    Well do you want/need overdrive? If yes there aren’t a whole lot of “bolt in” options when it comes to automatics especially non electronic versions.

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    No, overdrive is unnecessary. Could be handy for my purpose if I come across one but not necessary, especially if they are hard to find.
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    Anything can be converted to fit a 2.3.... but guessing the costs would be prohibited for you.
    As far as bolt up factory automatics... C-3/C-4/A4LD were the three that ford used.... I recall working on lots of turbo 4cly mustangs back in the day... some were mildly impressive for their time.

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    With above mentioned, some were behind multiple engines with obviously different bell housings except the a4ld I assume. Can bell housing be swapped on the 6&8 ? Is the bell off the t9 usable on any auto swaps?
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    I don’t believe Ford offered a lockup converter for the C4 so using that trans for any highway driving will be a lot less efficient than using the A4LD trans.

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