63 F85 Hydramatic problem

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    Hi Guys, great site, can’t believe I haven’t found it before!
    I am the proud owner of a 63 F-85 convertable with the hydramatic. I love this car, it gets lots of looks wherever I go, drives great, but I am having a problem with first gear in my hydramatic. The symptom is that it slips if you give it too much gas from a standing start, just like you are pushing the clutch in and slipping it, as if it was a manual. If you feather it from a start you can get going, and as soon as it shifts into second it’s fine, no slipping. No slipping in third either.
    I know these transmissions are a different animal, expensive, and harder to work on. I can’t afford to rebuild this transmission right now, but I do not want to park it for the season either:( Anybody know if the first gear of this transmission can be repaired or perhaps adjusted?
    Any Hydramatic guru’s out there??? Anybody know one???
    Thanks guys!


    First try to shorten your TV rod. If that doesn’t work, drop the pan and adjust the band. The adjuster is located under the filter. Get a manual, it tells how to do these things.

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