About Toploader 4 Speed Transmission
Your uncle was kind enough to give you his beat-up 1970s Ford and all you have to do is fix it up so you can impress your college friends with the retro vehicle. The first part on your list is the Toploader 4-speed transmission. Used in Ford cars from 1964 to 1973 and Jeeps up to 1986, it is a manually shifted four-speed gearbox. The name comes from the route that you have to take to access the inner workings; you can find it on the top of the main case instead of the side as was the case for its predecessor, the Borg Warner T-10. This is not a mere design quirk, it actually increases the rigidity of the case. The transmission comes in several shapes and sizes, fully synchronized in all forward gears, but not in reverse. If you want to revive the transmission in your car, you can purchase a rebuild kit, comprising all the OEM-approved parts you need for an easy installation. A kit contains seals, gaskets, and O rings, as well as the main front and rear bearings. You can find a Toploader 4-speed transmission and parts among the large inventory on eBay to bring your 1970s Ford back to peak performance.