Need trans work in Tampa Bay Area. Any suggestions?

FlaBoy

Just a good ole boy...
I need to get the trans rebuilt in my 85 (hotair). Its been slipping on the 1-2 shift at anything over moderate throttle, and is getting slowly worse. Also, the TC clutch lockup has been acting up, cycling on and off frequently at around 40-50 mph under medium throttle.

The car is pretty stock, most of the work i've done was for reliability more than anything else, and its my daily driver (60+ miles a day). I take it to the track maybe 2-3 times a year, and while I have an intercooler kit I have been meaning to put in for a year or so now, even if/when I do I don't plan on getting crazy with the boost or power levels. Again, mainly a fun daily driver car.

As such, I assume I don't need to go crazy with beefing up or modifying the trans when I get it rebuilt. I'm on a tight budget (both a college graduate student and a government employee, not exactly rolling in wealth) so I was hoping a stock-spec rebuild would be adequate. What do you guys think?

Lastly, can anyone reccomend a good trans shop in the Tampa Bay area (preferrably St. Pete) that wont rip me off? I don't know much about how unique the trannies in our cars are; do I need to go a shop that is specifically knowledgeable on these trannies? Or for the level of work I'm looking for (stock-type rebuild), will any decent reputable trans shop be able to handle it? I just want to do this once, and do it as cheaply as possible, any reccomendations you guys have as far as shops to use would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
 

Joe 1320

Torqueus Maximus
In my honest opinion, spending the dough for trans upgrades has always been a smart move even on a relatively stock motor. Nothing worse than scrimping on the build and having to do it all over again next year. You're better off paying more up front so that it lasts longer.
 

IrvJr

Well-Known Member
I had a guy in Melbourne do mine and he knows these cars. Not overly expensive. His name is Dave Burgess.
 

FlaBoy

Just a good ole boy...
In my honest opinion, spending the dough for trans upgrades has always been a smart move even on a relatively stock motor. Nothing worse than scrimping on the build and having to do it all over again next year. You're better off paying more up front so that it lasts longer.


I completely understand, and agree with you on this. As my dad taught me, anything worth doing is worth doing right, and I try to follow that whenever I can. The problem is the budget, I just don't think I have the cash for that. Unless trans upgrades and rebuilds are much cheaper than I imagine (with this car, usually ends up being the other way around) its going to be tricky to afford even a basic stock type rebuild. I don;t really have the option of waiting and saving up, since the car is my daily driver and I want to get this fixed before it gets much worse or even undriveable.

As for shops in Melbourne and Ft. Myers, I appreciate the reccomendations, but since I'll be asking my roomate to drive the trans to the shop and back in his truck I don't think places that far away will be viable (or I'd have to budget more money for the cases of beer he'd demand for that drive:cool:)

Again, thanks for all the input guys. If anyone else has a good trans shop in the Tampa Bay area they can reccomend, please pass it along.
 
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