How-to: The Automatic
Automatic transmissions have become a popular option for Jeep 4WDs
and Dodge Ram trucks. Moses Ludel offers professional advice on upgrades and rebuilding of automatic
transmissions found in Jeep 4WD vehicles and Dodge Ram trucks. At the 4WD Mechanix 'Tech
and Travel' Forums, you will find a lively discussion about
automatic and manual transmissions!
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Automatic transmissions have been a Jeep option since the early 1960s. Gladiator and
early Wagoneer models were among the first 4x4 trucks in the U.S. to offer automatics. A half-century later, the
modern automatic transmission has become a mainstay for 4WD vehicles used both on- and
Over the years, Jeep 4WD vehicles have used Borg-Warner, G.M., Chrysler and Aisin-Warner automatic transmissions.
Today, energy efficient automatic transmissions are found in every kind of 4WD vehicle, from all-season grocery
grabbers to desert racers, rock crawlers and recreational trail runners. Any stigma about automatic transmissions
and back country travel has vanished!
There is automatic transmission coverage at these
magazine articles, the 4WD 'Tech and Travel'
Forums and the 4WD Mechanix HD Video
Above my computer, a framed diploma reads, "Automatic Transmission Specialist...September 15, 1969". More than a
decade before earning my bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, I was a light and medium duty truck
mechanic with a keen interest in manual and automatic transmission
Since 1969, I have rebuilt and restored both modern and vintage automatic transmissions, including the original
Chrysler iron and aluminum Torqueflites, Buick's Dynaflow, the various Hydramatics and the iron Borg-Warner units
used in Ford, Jeep, I-H and Studebaker trucks. I am versed at current transmission designs and electronically
controlled, five- and six-speed automatics, even the newest 8-speed units, used in 4x4 domestic and
import trucks and Jeep 4WDs.
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