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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-09-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

Can some tell me what it would take to switch my truck to a automatic?

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

trans crossmember, driveshafts, steer colum, shift cables, wiring harness and computer or pcs controller with harness. trans cooler and lines, hmm i know i am forgetting something.

then need trans, flex plate, tc, thinner motor spacer,


i am working on this also. i just need a trans now.

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

huh. thnx for the info.

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

I did this swap in the spring. Not too bad at all once you get all the parts. The t case just matches right up. And I went with a E40d case with 4R100 electronics from BTS. I also run a PCS. But as far as hard parts are concerned, the auto is a bit longer than the ZF so you'll need to address the driveshafts. The front needs to be lengthened and the back shortened a couple inches each. A front automatic driveshaft should be universal to all configurations, you'd just either need to source one, or have them both worked. You'll need a flexplate, and the spacer between the engine and transmission. Also the crossmembers are a bit different as well. I had lines made up and run a cooler with an electric fan in the passenger side fenderwell. And I didnt go through the headache of putting the auto column and shifter in, we just put a B&M floor shifter right over the hole where the 5spd shifter was and it turned out pretty cool. If you could find a donor truck thatd be best but if not this should be all you need if I'm remembering right. And I promise it's worth it. BTS makes a ridiculous trans.

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

how hard was it to do the B&M shifter? im kinda instrestered in that lol

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

What would it take to get a trade going, all of my auto stuff for all of your manual stuff. Mine was rebuilt around 80,000 miles ago and I'm putting a racer x custom valve body in it tomorrow and just did put in racer x triple disk billet converter.

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I did this swap in the spring. Not too bad at all once you get all the parts. The t case just matches right up. And I went with a E40d case with 4R100 electronics from BTS. I also run a PCS. But as far as hard parts are concerned, the auto is a bit longer than the ZF so you'll need to address the driveshafts. The front needs to be lengthened and the back shortened a couple inches each. A front automatic driveshaft should be universal to all configurations, you'd just either need to source one, or have them both worked. You'll need a flexplate, and the spacer between the engine and transmission. Also the crossmembers are a bit different as well. I had lines made up and run a cooler with an electric fan in the passenger side fenderwell. And I didnt go through the headache of putting the auto column and shifter in, we just put a B&M floor shifter right over the hole where the 5spd shifter was and it turned out pretty cool. If you could find a donor truck thatd be best but if not this should be all you need if I'm remembering right. And I promise it's worth it. BTS makes a ridiculous trans.

How did you go about the wiring harness's for both trans? Did the automatic trans harness plug in to a un-used port on the standard truck?

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

This was good info, I'm slowly collecting parts. I really don't wanna switch, but with damaged knees I'm eventually gonna get to the point where I wont be keen on using a third pedal no more. Heck I already hate it in town, but love it going down hill.

I hope more info comes up on specifics such as if using the PCS controller, what is the best programing configuration? I also wonder if any of the E4od wiring is in the ZF-5 truck computer harness, or would you need to add pins?
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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

On the zf5 I just parted out it had one harness going up to a connector on the distribution box. I would assume autos are the same? Other than like the neutral switch under the dash.

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Re: manual to auto trans in 96 f-350

I found it the other day, after looking at it I think the wiring is actually there for an automatic above that connector just like the wires are there for the shifter and interlock on the steering column?? I found a 4R100 that will be getting a shift kit and improved TC if my back pay will get in. I also found a controller by Bauman Engineering that looks good. So it will be a matter of time, and my knee will be happy.
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