Ford enthusiasts finally have a 3-speed transmission comparable to the strength and durability of the GM Turbo 400 and a unit that is far superior to the C-4. FB Performance Transmissions is now offering its latest version of the original Ford AOD in (2) Stages. This highly upgraded competition transmission is called the AO3. The original overdrive function has been removed, and higher line-pressure has been added for greater holding capacity in 3rd gear.
The Stage-2 version is rated to 1200hp and is available with a full manual valve body both with and without a trans-brake. A lower priced unit (the Stage-1) is also available to replace the C-4 and is rated to 900hp. This transmission can be retrofit to a variety of engines through the use of the optional SFI adapter bellhousing.
It has been tested successfully in a number of high-powered turbo and supercharged cars, such as Mike Freemanss Renegade Mustang and Jimmy Vaccaross Mod motor Mustang. It is also available with the optional VSC- Variable Stall Control system. http://www.fbperformance.com/NewSite/page.asp?get=1&t=TopR_BottomL
For more info, call us at: 1-800-769-1118 or in NY 631-242-0008
RE: AO3- 3 Speed Transmission
If you are looking for a transmission that will handle your type of power application, we would certainly recommend our AO3 (3-speed w/optional trans-brake). It's an automatic transmission that starts off as a Ford AOD. However, that's where the similarities end. After we build it, this transmission functions more like a full-manual Pro Competition Turbo400. It's a "true" Street/Strip transmission that's adaptable to just about any production motor, and can handle up to 1200 HP.
We've had this transmission on the market since Feb of 2003 and it's proven itself time and again in a multitude of high HP applications. It has a full-manual valve body with a "forward" 3-speed shift pattern. The trans-brake feature (if desired) is activated in low gear using a "line-lock" type switch mounted on the shifter. (or any momentary type switch)
We've used this unit in a variety of Ford, GM, Mopar and even Import applications (See links below) All conversions (other then the small block Ford engine) require the use of the SFI Adapter bell housing which is included. The over all length becomes 32 1/2" with the trans mount at 25" back from the front of the bellhousing. You'll also need a floor shifter with a 3-speed forward shift pattern that has a neutral lockout. Your existing shifter might be adequate, especially if it uses a cable to operate the shift lever on the trans.
If you're using your vehicle strictly for the street, you'll need a 10" Street/Strip type converter. If you plan on using the Trans-brake feature, the Full Race type converter would be required. These converters are built to handle the power as well as incorporate the "anti-ballooning" plates to handle the higher temperature and pressure.
The catalog spec sheets that cover the AO3 transmission for various applications are accessible using the following links below. They include all the options, converters and pricing.
Ford Small Block
AO3 Stage 1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=41
AO3 Stage 2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=40
Ford Mod Motor
AO3 Stage 1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=84
AO3 Stage2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=79
Ford Big Block (except FE)
AO3 stage 1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=83
AO3 Stage 2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=78
Mopar (All engines)
AO3 Stage 1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=87
AO3 Stage 2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=81
Import -Rotary Engins
AO3 Stage1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=92
AO3 Stage2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=93
Import - Nissan Engins (VG3ODETT)
AO3 Stage 1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=96
AO3 Stage 2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=90
Imports/Limited To Motors w/GM Adapter Plate and Flex Plate (Toyota Supra)
AO3 Stage1 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=86
AO3 Stage2 http://www.fbperformance.com/viewtrans.asp?TransmissionID=82
If you have any questions regarding the info, please call.
1-800-769-1118 or in NY 631-242-0008