92 2.3 Lx Tranny Not Staying In Gear

Skylerjm

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I just bought a 92 with a 2.3. I plan to swap it to a V8 but I need to get it from my shop to my house first. It wasn't running when I bought it but a replaced a faulty ignition switch and that fixed that, but now the transmission won't stay in gear. It fine when you already rolling but if you stop in a rut or speed bump it acts like it's not in gear. It does this when any pressure is on the trans. It's an auto btw but I plan to convert to manual with the swap. Any ideas on why it's doing this. I don't want to spend a ton of money since I'm pulling the engine and trans anyway. Also it looks like the former owners have never changed the tranny fluid. I'm going to start there.
 
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Skylerjm

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If you are swapping in a v8 stick why spend anything on the engine/trans your gonna pull out?
It would cost around $150-$200 to tow to my house and I'm not really in a big hurry to get it done I was just trying to get an idea on how much it'll cost and if I'd save any money fixing it instead of towing it.
 

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Sounds like it's low on fluid.... you sure you're up for a v8 swap?
 

Skylerjm

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Sounds like it's low on fluid.... you sure you're up for a v8 swap?
Yeah that's the whole reason I bought the car. It was only $600 and aside from the problems I mentioned it's a very clean car. Interior is perfect and a rust free body.
 
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Skylerjm

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I'm just going to rent one of those car dollies from uhaul and pull it to my house. There only $45 dollars a day. But thank you guys for the tips.
 
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Make sure you do allot of reading/research on what's actually involved in the 4 banger to 8 swap. I myself am doing one now after owning eight foxes and never having a four banger It's surprising how much ford actually changed between the two.. and the amount of junk you have to source from a donor v8 car in order to make the 4 banger work sucks.
 

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How far a drive you got? I'd try a bottle of tranny fluid first if it's not far
 

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Trans fluid is about all i'd try.

Other than that i'd pay for the tow and not have to worry about it