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'57 Transmission fluid question
#1317818 Mon Jul 15 2019 07:59 PM
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New Guy
I've recently picked up a '57 Apache, and I'm getting ready to replace the transmission fluid, and wanted confirmation I was looking at the right spot for the refill.

Can anyone please confirm in the attachment the red arrow is pointing to the fill plug hole, and SAE 90 is the right fluid? Looks like 6.75 pts?

If I'm right and that is the spot - seems tedious to get that filled up, any best practices to ensure I don't end up with transmission fluid all over my garage instead of in the truck would be appreciated.

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Re: '57 Transmission fluid question
Terrance57 #1317853 Mon Jul 15 2019 11:51 PM
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That is the fill / fluid level plug. You can pop the shift lever out & pour fluid in top.


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Re: '57 Transmission fluid question
Terrance57 #1317855 Mon Jul 15 2019 11:57 PM
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SM420 4-speed

Fill to the hole level, if topping up having warm oil in the transmission.

Fill to about 1/2” below the hole level, if adding all new/cool fluid to the transmission (or, 6 pints, supposedly).

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1954truck/54ctsm0005.html


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Re: '57 Transmission fluid question
Terrance57 #1317871 Tue Jul 16 2019 01:40 AM
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Thank you for the responses!

Re: '57 Transmission fluid question
Terrance57 #1318321 Fri Jul 19 2019 01:18 AM
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You should be able to buy the correct fluid in a 2 quart size container that has a small spout that fits easily in the filler hole. Just squeeze it in until it starts to run out the hole. If you are replacing the entire fluid, it will just take a while.

Lee.


1956 Chevy 3200, 235 w/3 speed

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