Muscle Car Transmission Restoration

By Mister Transmission

Get a step-by-step view into muscle car transmission restorations

Owning and restoring a hot rod or muscle car is as much a labour of love as it is hard work.

As every classic vehicle owner knows, it isn’t all about ensuring your machine looks good, but how it performs too. That work can include muscle car transmission restoration.

Restoring a transmission in a muscle car can be a long-term project. Therefore, when it comes to restorations, it’s critical to find a technician with in-depth knowledge of muscle cars, their transmissions, and how their engines work.

The good news is that Mister Transmission specializes in the repair, service, and maintenance of high-performance vehicles, including classic muscle cars.

Here’s an overview of the steps we take to restore a transmission in most hot rods and muscle cars:

Step No. 1: Access the Transmission

First and foremost, we need to be able to access the transmission. Often, restoration is made easier by removing the transmission from the engine completely. It is extremely delicate work. The transmission is slowly hoisted from the engine compartment, and it must be drained of all fluids and thoroughly degreased before inspection.

Step No. 2: Inspect the Components

s it is by far the most complicated element of the car, there are many parts to the transmission that require inspection. Everything from the mechanics, hydraulics, and electrical systems (if equipped) must be closely examined to determine what needs replacing, what parts require maintenance work, and what parts appear to be in good working condition.

Disassembling the transmission completely, or partially, is often necessary to inspect all its parts. Depending on the age and condition of the vehicle, this can be either a simple job or a more in-depth and complicated inspection.

Step No. 3: Find the Parts

If it’s determined your classic car’s transmission requires new aftermarket parts for it to operate properly, we will go about obtaining those parts.

Acquiring and installing new parts in your transmission occasionally calls for a bit of fancy footwork, particularly if your goal is to install authentic, original components. If so, we’ll contact the vehicle’s manufacturer about obtaining the original parts. Many times, we can source replicas that have the correct decals and information on them that look and work the same as the original pieces.

Step No. 4: Begin the Overhaul

With the necessary parts in hand, we can begin overhauling the transmission. That involves completely taking the transmission apart, rebuilding it, and then putting it back together. When restoring a muscle car, this is the best choice, as it is rare to find a completely original transmission in good working order for older classic cars.

Step No. 5: Replace or Clean Parts

The last step in your classic car transmission restoration calls for the disassembling and cleaning of the valve body. We replace all the bands and soft parts, the lined friction plates, the seals, sealing rings, gaskets, and any other worn out or defective parts. We also need to go over the electric components (if equipped) and assess the torque converter. If the transmission uses a computer to shift gears, it too will need to be inspected.

If you have a transmission or driveline issue with your muscle car or are looking to upgrade to the next level of performance and reliability, Mister Transmission has the technology and experienced, certified technicians to complete the repair work you need.

Trust the experts at Mister Transmission to restore the transmission in your classic muscle car. Find a location nearest to you.

 

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Just had them do a...
Peter C
Just had them do a transmission fluid service. They have competitive pricing and great service. Will definitely return and recommend.
Date: September 15, 2021
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I was having issues with...
Antonio Pena
I was having issues with rough driving and my car not wanting to go into AWD. I brought it to indi shops and couldn't find the issue. I called up Mr transmission and from the very first call to the last interaction I was very happy and impressed with the service and quality job they did. They were able to find the issue and fix it, no issues. Replaced my front left cv axle and I was on my way. After the fix I was now able to notice some smaller vibrations at higher speeds. I wanted to make sure it was not a problem. They were able to check everything for me to make sure it was nothing to do with the work or part they replaced. They confirmed it wasn't and recommended a fix. They were able to help me out again! Long story short I will be recommending everyone I know to this location. They have a great group of people working there!
Date: September 15, 2021
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Very polite
Brown Bai
Very polite
Date: September 15, 2021
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Phenomenal service Truck running like...
Steve Ramcharitar
Phenomenal service Truck running like a champ again
Date: September 15, 2021
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Denise and staff were so...
YuhItzKlix
Denise and staff were so great even step of the way. Im so glad I choose this location to bring my vehicle!Lesley-Anne
Date: September 15, 2021
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Excellent service. The Kingston site...
Nick F
Excellent service. The Kingston site informed me of an extended warranty on my transmission, which would have cost them work if I had been able to get into the dealership in time. Unfortunately, the dealership couldn't get me in for three weeks so I paid Mr. Transmission to do the repair anyway. The technicians were able to get me in quickly, diagnose the problem and get it fix in time for me to make a 3 hour drive that week. Very honest and reliable service.
Date: September 15, 2021
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I had a transmission issue...
Cindy Graveline
I had a transmission issue so I called Mister Transmission. Dad said "You cant go wrong with these guys"My call to this location went very well. I spoke with Des at the front desk.He was very friendly and polite. He took the time to hear me out and answer every question I had.He said they will open up the Transmission and investigate before telling me the Transmission needs replacement. And if its fixable it could be something very simple and cheap.So rightaway I took my truck there after hours. I think was nearly 7 pm.In the morning around 10 a.m. I received a phone call from Des.They were done taking everything appart and I had zero 3rd and 4th gears.Again Des was great to talk to. Very professional.They happen to have a Transmission on hand that was perfect for my truck so I said "Yes ill take it"And I picked up the truck around 2 p.m.(I dont remember if it was same day or the next day that I picked it up)...Regardless it didn't take long at all for them to diagnose the issue and fix it asap for me to have a work truck again.Dont go to some random mechanic.Go straight to Mister Transmission. These guys are trained specifically for transmissions. And this is all they do. All day long. Every day!!There is a warranty of 3 years/60 000 kms.And the cost was exactly as quote. No surprises.Today was my 2 weeks check up.Once again very nice people. And they take care of you with a smile.They took a look at the truck the second I walked into the door. No waiting at all.Kind of like VIP treatment. LolNo leaking. Fluid level is perfect. And my high milleage truck runs smooth again!!Thank you Des and Shop Crew for taking care of my work horse!! You guys Rock!😁👊
Date: September 14, 2021
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great service great price ,...
Esam Abou
great service great price , The owner Giorgio is an amazing person honest professional and knowledgeable I recommend this place for any one looking for honest garage . thank you Giorgio and your team .
Date: September 14, 2021
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These guys are professionals. Great...
Dmitry Kirzhaev
These guys are professionals. Great service. Fast and reliable. Ken is the best mechanic, he will inspect and explain everything himself
Date: September 11, 2021
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Wonderful people to deal with
G&E Classics
Wonderful people to deal with
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