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    jetaway hydramatic 1961

    Hi
    I am looking to do some maintenance on my 1961series 62 convertible. My hydramatic slips alot between gears and I would like to know if this is normal for the jetaway or does it need a rebuild? Is it a reliable transmission when rebuilt or would I be better off changing to a more modern transmission?
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    Re: jetaway hydramatic 1961

    I would start off replacing the transmission oil (and clean as much sludge as possible inside) and filter and see what that does first.
    As far as I know the Cadillac transmissions are very solid and reliable transmissions. So I would definately rebuild if necessary. I wouldn't even know what replacement transmission would be available that could handle the torque.

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    Re: jetaway hydramatic 1961

    Transmission slippage is never normal. You can flush the trans, clean the filter, and see if it makes a difference, but I suspect a rebuild is in order. I know some people have upgraded to the TH400, though I don't know what exactly is involved in the swap. Good luck!

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    Thanks guys, I have changed the fluid and filter so a rebuild is probably in order. I live in Melbourne Australia and since I got my car I've been asked to do alot of weddings so im gonna make a buisness out of it so I want the car as reliable as possible. I've read the change over to T400 is a big job so im leaning towards keeping the hydramatic.
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    Re: jetaway hydramatic 1961

    There should be enough rebuild kits available for ya.
    http://www.autotran.us/jhmparts1.html

    And in the worst case you can ship it to have it done
    http://www.restorationhydramatics.com/


    And don't leave without posting a nice picture of your 61 downunder!
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    Re: jetaway hydramatic 1961

    I drove a lot of 1960-62 Cadillacs back when they were new and don't remember any slippage with any of them. I never heard anything bad about the transmissions in those cars back min the day.

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