Originally Posted by maverickfta
I have an 89 F-150 300 I6 2wd and the old manual transmission went out in it so I decided to go automatic. The new transmission I got from a friend and its an AOD I believe. Has the 14-bolt pattern tapered end on the backside of the pan. Its all installed and i have everything ran for it (cooling lines etc.) except for the neutral/backup light switch, which I dont have a connector for... but when I put it in drive and go it doesn't shift at all. And it seems to lag when I hit the gas too. Anything i might be missing?
DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT try to run that tranny until you get the throttle position linkage properly installed. The TP lever on the tranny looks like a kick-down lever, but it is not. It must be driven proportionally from the throttle lever and the settings are quiite critical. If you get the settings wrong, you run the risk of wiping out the OD band, and it'll go b'ye-b'ye in a hurry.
Some older models use a push rod between the throttle lever and tran lever and some later models use a cable.
If there is a clear shot between the throttle lever and tran lever, then a push rod is the better approach.
Take a look at some AOD installations in cars of the eighties to get a handle on the configuration.