'57 T'Bird

Asked by Jun 24, 2018 at 06:05 PM about the 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 57 T'bird with automatic transmission. Transmission has been out two
times over past 5 years and performs fine. My problem is that when idle is at
3-5 hundred rpm, and I shift into drive, the engine dies. It feels like it is under
such load it can’t run.  I have to run rpm up to 1000 / (aprox) set the parking
brake, shift into drive, and idle down to a point just before gen. Light starts to
show, and engine starts to die.  Of course when I shift back into neutral, rpm
runs back up, and shifting back into gear causes hard jerk. Shifting into
reverse is worse than into drive. Fluids are all good, engine runs great, and
trans. Works great while driving. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

4 Answers


You have a torque converter.

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barneuma - Thank you for your response. Do you feel my torque converter has failed? Are there any adjustments that could be made to an existing torque converter or should a new one be installed?


Buy a rebuilt one, try Rock Auto they have best prices.


disconnect downshift rod and hold it forward with spring two gears at one time

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