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rob swenton

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Hello everyone

I have a question for the forum.

I am considering buying a 1964 econoline van. This van currently is a 6 cylinder with a 3 speed on the column.


My question is how hard would it be to convert this van to an automatic transmission?

What would be involved?

What I can think of right off the top of my head is the transmission, flexplate, linkage.

What am I missing? Would I need to change out the steering column too? Reverse light switch? 

I just want to know if this can be done and have it look like it came from the factory that way, or does it have to involve aftermarket stuff.



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Assuming they offered a factory automatic you should be able to just remove the clutch pedal and linkage and replace the column shift with an automatic shifter.  Not sure if the whole column would have to be replaced.   In addition to the tranny itself and mating parts.

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