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Learn to rebuild and modify the Ford Toploader 4-speed transmission, which shifted millions of Ford performance cars.

Ford muscle cars of the 1960s helped the Toploader transmission quickly gain a reputation as the best of Detroit’s new 4-speeds. Introduced in 1964, this transmission was an immediate upgrade over prior models, and it paired well with Ford engines, such as the 289, 302, 351 (Windsor and Cleveland), 390, 427, 428, and 429 (Cobra Jet and Boss). The Toploader manual transmission was used in cars from Cobras to Galaxies and was mandatory equipment in the Boss cars. The simplicity of the Toploader transmission lends to an easy understanding of its operating procedure within its effective design. Even though the transmission was phased out toward the end of the muscle-car era (1973), the Toploader is still alive and well today, shifting race cars and performance cars with speed and ease.

This book features step-by-step procedures in an easy-to-follow format by award-winning motorsports author John Carollo. It shows the intricacies of how Toploaders work, aiding in their repair and offering a full rebuild blueprint. Upgrading a Toploader is also covered using today’s modern parts to keep this versatile transmission relevant. Learn what to look for with Toploader parts, where and how they fit, and how they operate together via hundreds of informative color images.

The Toploader shifted legendary cars, such as the Fairlane 427, Boss 302 Cougar, and the Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet. Whether you want to rebuild a Toploader yourself or you want to learn about the process and hire a professional, this expertly written book guides you through the process.

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Learn to rebuild and modify the Ford Toploader 4-speed transmission, which shifted millions of Ford performance cars.

Ford muscle cars of the 1960s helped the Toploader transmission quickly gain a reputation as the best of Detroit’s new 4-speeds. Introduced in 1964, this transmission was an immediate upgrade over prior models, and it paired well with Ford engines, such as the 289, 302, 351 (Windsor and Cleveland), 390, 427, 428, and 429 (Cobra Jet and Boss). The Toploader manual transmission was used in cars from Cobras to Galaxies and was mandatory equipment in the Boss cars. The simplicity of the Toploader transmission lends to an easy understanding of its operating procedure within its effective design. Even though the transmission was phased out toward the end of the muscle-car era (1973), the Toploader is still alive and well today, shifting race cars and performance cars with speed and ease.

This book features step-by-step procedures in an easy-to-follow format by award-winning motorsports author John Carollo. It shows the intricacies of how Toploaders work, aiding in their repair and offering a full rebuild blueprint. Upgrading a Toploader is also covered using today’s modern parts to keep this versatile transmission relevant. Learn what to look for with Toploader parts, where and how they fit, and how they operate together via hundreds of informative color images.

The Toploader shifted legendary cars, such as the Fairlane 427, Boss 302 Cougar, and the Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet. Whether you want to rebuild a Toploader yourself or you want to learn about the process and hire a professional, this expertly written book guides you through the process.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 275 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613257562
Product Code : SA534

Acknowledgments

Foreword by David Kee

Preface

Chapter 1: History and Evolution

The Early Days

The 1960s

Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler Create 

4-Speed Transmissions

The Ford Design 4-Speed Transmission

Chapter 2: Identification

Understanding a Toploader’s History

Tag Codes

Case Codes

Tailhousing Codes

Bellhousing Codes 

Casting Date Codes

Shift-Rail Identification

Gear Ratios 

No Serial Numbers 

No Codes on Input Shafts

Chapter 3: How Toploaders Work

Shifting 

Gears 

Chapter 4: Disassembly

Lubricant

Cover, Pre-Cleaning, and Testing

Detent Springs 

Tailhousing and Snap Ring

Speedometer Gear and Ball

Front Bearing Retainer

Cluster-Gear Shaft and Input Shaft

Inside of the Case

Output-Shaft Gear Disassembly

Synchronizer Disassembly 

Chapter 5: Inspection

Bearing Retainer Diameter in the Bellhousing

Cracks Around the Bearing Retainer Bolt Holes

Bearing Retainer Length on 13/8-Inch Input Shaft

Input Pilot Bushing Surface Length

Twist in the Input-Shaft Splines

Twist in the Output-Shaft Splines 

Tailhousing Shifter Location

Wear in the Key Slots on the Inner Hubs of Synchronizer Assemblies

Loose Pins in the Cam and the Shafts

Excessive Wear on the Coast Side of the Engagement Teeth

Bellhousing Alignment

Shift Fork Wear in the Cam Slots

Shift Fork Thickness

Front Bearing Bore Alignment

Parts Inspection

Chapter 6: Assembly

Predetermined Sequences

Assembly

The Building Sequence

Sequence 1

Synchronizer Assemblies

Output-Shaft Assemblies

Output-Shaft Installation 

Sequence 2

Sequence 3 

Sequence 4

Sequence 5

Building Options

Chapter 7: Ford High-Performance Toploaders

White Stripe Toploaders

Factory Aluminum Cases

Transitional High-Performance Toploaders

Chapter 8: Aftermarket High-Performance Toploaders

Gear Cutting

Evolved Toploaders

Chapter 9: The Progression from Toploaders to Jericos

Production Methodology

Weight

Standard Features 

Gear Selection

Heat Treating

From Synchronizers to Sliders and Dog Rings

Oval-Track Racing and Drag Racing 

Appendix: Parts and Torque Specifications

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