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Transmission fluid types

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I can't find Dexron II or Mercon II.   What is an ok substitute for the 55 Tbird Fordomatic.  As usual, thank you.
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Mercon is now Mercon V.  Others may chime in but I have always used type F in Fordomatic and Cruiseomatic transmissions with never an issue. I always purchase the Motorcraft branded fluid to insure excellent quality.


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Dexron 2  and Dexron 3 are now Dexron VI

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F is available, Castro’s lists it. Valvoline has a compatibility list that shows 2 Dex/Merc and Type F for 1980 and earlier Fords.
Both brands listed on Amazon, last time I was in Pep Boys they had both F and Dex/Merc.

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What is the best substitute for the now defunct Type A in our Fordomatics? Thanks.
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Type "F",   for transmissions manufactured in the 70's and earlier as per Motorcraft description. It's NOT expensive. NPD offers it for a reasonable price or the Ford store.   I've used it in Fordomatics & Cruiseoatics for decades without any issues no mater when or where I sourced parts. Hope this helps, JEFF..........


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If you read the technical section of the CTCI restoration manual for 1955-57 Thunderbirds, it does not recommend Type F. Type F replaced Type A, which caused premature failure of transmissions, due to slippage desired for smooth shifts. Type F reduced slippage and firmed up shifts. For that reason, Type F is used by some drag racers and is recommended by some torque converter manufacturers. However, Type F requires more frequent fluid changes and will not extend the life of the transmission, as will Dexron replacement fluids. 
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Even tho I responded to the original question. I have a 1962 medium case Cruise-O-Matic behind the 292 in my 56 Victoria. The shop that did the work installed Dextron ll and recommended it. As I have removed the pan and made leak repairs (were not necessarily because the problem was a vent hole) I use what was compatible by reading the backs of ATF qt bottles. I have not had any shift or problems I can feel. Maybe it’s wrong but I buy the auto parts brand usually O Reilly’s as they are the closest. It doe not have a specific labeling number. Compatibility is on the back of the container.

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I'm NO expert on Auto trans, I have only owned one in my lifetime. From what a guy I know who has been building them all his life told me that Ford went from type A to F when the friction materials changed. So depending on your trans having original material or it has been rebuilt using new materials that determines what fluid to use..
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trans expert at ford dealer told me merton is great. used it on a older recedes ,stoped the sloping shifts, asked hime about ford automatics, he claims works great as he had a 57ford auto ??


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