Ford Transmission Spotter’s Guide

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By Bob Ferguson











FORD Automatic Transmission
Application Guide
I simply
compiled this data from numerous sources. I have little/no
knowledge of the merits of these trannys myself so blame my sources,
not me.
Not
intended to be a complete list of all Ford transmission
applications. Additionally, there is a tremendous amount of overlap
as to which trans
was available in certain years of
the same vehicle – dependant upon the engine used.
I
simply collected the data for my own use and thought I’d share
it.
I make no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data.
Batteries not included.
R. M. Ferguson
F series trucks only
C3     C4     C5     C6     A4LD     AOD     AODE     4R70W     E40D     4R100     4R44E     4R55E     5R55E    
F-150 – F-450 1965 – 1983 X
F-150 –
F-450 1968 –
1996
X
F-100 – F-250 1973 – 1983 X
F-150 – F-450 1989 – 1998 X
F-150 – F-450 1993 – 1999 X
F-150 – F-450 1998 – 2002 X
All Fords – cars and trucks
C3 C4 C5 C6 A4LD AOD AODE 4R70W E40D 4R100 4R44E 4R55E 5R55E
1973-74 Capri,74-78 Bobcat, Capri,Mustang II, Pinto,
76-78 Maverick, 1981-82 Granada, 1978-83 Fairmont, 1975-81 2000E.
1984 Bronco II. 1983-83 LTD. 1975-86 Mustang. 1983-84
Ranger.
X
1964-81
Mustang, 1970-78 Maverick, 1974-78 Mustang, Pinto, 1975-78 Bronco,
1964-78 Fairlaine, Torino, 1977-79 LTD II except big blocks, 1965-70
Falcons. 1974 2000E. 1965-1972 F100. 1975-86 F150. 1964-72 F250.
1978-81 Fairmont.1975-82 Granada.1977-78 LTD. 1964-71 E series
(vans).
X
1973-83 F100. Early 80’s 4WD Rangers
w/V6s. 1973-81 F250. 1982-83 Fairmont. 1983-86 LTD.1977-78 LTD
II. 1976 Maverick.1982-86 Mustang. 1972-77 E series.
X
1965-1990 F-150,250,350, 1975-up E series, also used
behind all big blocks 1966-78 including Fairlaine, Torino, Mustangs,
T-birds. 1978-1991 Bronco. 1973-83 F100 4X4 & 2X4. 1976-91
F150 4X4. 1971 Falcon big block.1977-79 LTD II.1972 Mustang
4bbl.1985-94 Ranger.
X
1984-1994 Ranger, TurboCoupe.
1991-94 Explorer. 1986-95 Aerostar. 1985-1991 Bronco II. 1985-91
F150 4X4. 1985-up Granada.1987-93 Mustang.
X
1981-1992 Mustang V8,T-Bird, Crown Vicky,Lincoln Grand
Marquis, Towncar & Mark series. 1985-1991 Bronco. 1981-83
F100. 1987-93 F150. 1985-90 F250 4X4. 1981-93 F250 2X4. 1983-86
LTD. 1983-93 E series.
X
1993-1996 F-150,Mustang, Lincoln
Grand Marquis, Towncar & Mark series. 1993-94 Crown
Vicky.
X
1993-2001 F-150, Mustang, T-bird,
Explorer V8, Lincoln Continental, Mountaineer V8, Grand Marquis
& Town Car. 1995-up
Crown Vicky. 1994-up F250. 1994-up E series
X
1989-1997 F-150,250,350,450. 1994-up Bronco. 1989-up E
series.
X
1998-2002 F-150,250,350,450,
Expedition, Excursion
X
1995-2001 Ranger 4 cyl,
Explorer
X
1995-2001Ranger 6 cyl,
Explorer
X
1996-01 Ranger, Explorer, Sportrac
w/ 5 spd auto
X
C3 C4 C5 C6 A4LD AOD AODE 4R70W E40D 4R100 4R44E 4R55E 5R55E

Spotters Guide and
Commentary
1.
C3
Rectangular
pan w/13-15 bolts.Can also
have a slight buldge on
front pass. side. Used on
4 cyl & V6s
only.
Strictly
light duty
applications.
Not an overdrive
tranny. Makes a
good
boat anchor.
Shift pattern =
P-R-N-D-2-1
2.
C4
Built from 1964 – 1981 17.18" long
overall. C4 bell
housing is removeable, C6 is not.
Rectangular, almost square pan ( 10" X 9") with
slight buldge on front pass. corner. Pan has 11 bolts.
5.0L engines tended to have C4s not C6s.
Not an overdrive tranny. Fairly robust unit. Can take a fair
amount of power. Eats about 60 less HP than a C6.
3.
C5
Built from 1982 – 1986 Case length same as C4 but pan
has a hump in it whereas the C4 has a flat pan.
Not an overdrive tranny. Not even that widely used.
Avoid.
4.
C6
Built from 1966 –
1979 20" long
overall including integral bellhousing.
1966
– 75 have rectangular pan with 17 bolts & long measurement on
front and rear edges. Shorter on sides.
Can have recess on
rear pass.corner or slight buldge on pass side near rear edge &
15 bolts.
P1966-75 pan =
1"-1.5" deep. 1975+ pan = 1.75" – 2.0" deep
and 4X4 pan 3" deep in center.
Small blocks and big
blocks have different bellhousings.
3 different castings total.
P-R-N-D-1-2 pattern.
Good, heavy Duty 3 speed Auto, but without OD. Gets 3 thumbs
up.
5.
A4LD
Basically a C3 with OD.
Electronically shifted. Strictly light duty ( I.e. A 4 Light
Duty)
Through 1994
used a combination of hydraulic and electronic shifting. 95 up –
electronic shift.
Uses vacuum modulator instead of TV linkage. Not
for performance usage. Shift pattern = P-R-N-OD-D-2-1
6.
AOD
Built from 1980 – 1993. Intregal
bellhousing and
transmission. Not electronically controlled. 20.5"
overall length.
Good, medium duty 4 speed OD
tranny. Can be beefed up to handle decent power. Very
common.
Rectangular pan like C4 but both
rear corners angled slightly. 14 bolts on pan.
When matted with 2.73-1 diff., speedo gear tends to
be 8 tooth, otherwise 7 tooth. Came with wide and std gear
ratios.
V6 version lighter duty
than V8 version but can be modified to equal V8 version in
strength.
Has 1 electrical
connector to neutral safety switch. Uses TV (throttle valve)
linkage & cable on left side to carb/throttle body.
Proper TV adjustment is CRITICAL. Pre-88 models lack rear-lube
enhancement – avoid these ones.
Any post-88 version is worthy of use or build-up except those
found
behind V6s.
1992-93 E & F series trucks
have the stronger version of AOD available.
Most Lincolns and some trucks use a 1" longer output shaft
than the Mustangs and other vehicles.
Overall length 30 1/4". Shift pattern =
P-R-N-OD-D-1. Gets 3
thumbs up.
7.
AODE
Built from 1991 – An electronic/computer
controlled AOD but with other improvements as well.
Came with wide and std gear ratios. Through 1995,
same ratios as AOD, except 94-95 T-bird 94-95 F & E series
trucks,
95 full sized cars and 93-95 Linc.Mark VIII. 1996 and later
are all wide ratio.
1992 only cars have AOD shift pattern (as above)
with no OD cancel switch, otherwise shift pattern =
P-R-N-OD-2-1
V6 equipped AODEs have
one less clutch plate than V8 models.Can be modified to add the
extra clutch plate.
Some trucks and
possibly Lincolns have a 1 inch longer output shaft than
Mustangs
& other vehicles.
Some have larger output bushing. Casting
mark = F3LP or F3UP.
The smaller std bushing version has casting
marks F2TP or E0AP
Has more than one wire connecting to it versus AOD
with only one. Has OD button on end of gear selector.
Various different bellhousing patterns used. You
want this tranny. 4 thumbs up.
8.
4R70W
1994-up trucks w/ overdrive cancel switch and
P-R-N-OD-2-1 can be 4R70W tranny.
F150 door tag trans code = U .
This tranny is computer controlled.
Pan length just under 15". New and improved AODE.
Wide ratio AODE w different output shaft. Avoid the version
used on V6s.
9.
E40D
Built from 1989 – 1998. Found only in
trucks.
Replaced C6. Electronically
controlled w OD. Medium to heavy duty.
Pan is wider than it is long 20.5" X 13.5" w/ a notch
out of right front corner and has 20 bolts.
Electronic OD on a 351W would be likely be this tranny. F150 door tag w/ trans code of E
= E40D.
1989-93 truck with P-R-N-OD-2-1
pattern = E40D.
Non-removable bellhousing. Electronically
controlled.
1994-up trucks w/ overdrive cancel
switch and P-R-N-OD-2-1 can be E40D
Pan length approx. 20". Overall tranny length
37 1/2".
1995 up units are better. Older units can be updated to same
level. Gets 4 or 5 thumbs up.
10.
4R100
1999 –
(Formerly the E40D/DE)
HD tranny. Used on the Ford Lightning p.u.
11.
4R44E
Light duty. Used on 4 cyl Rangers and Explorers.
Electronically
controlled.
12.
4R55E
Light duty. Used on 6 cyl Rangers and Explorers.
Electronically
controlled.
13.
5R55E
5 speed auto used only on SOHC 4.0L engine.

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