1964 Studebaker Daytona Restoration


Tools & Supplies Needed

1/2 inch wrench

1/2 inch socket, extension and ratchet

Large Crescent Wrench

Soft Rubber Mallet

Large flat-tipped screwdriver

Large Oil Pan

Long small funnel

5 Qts of Dexton ATF

180 grit sandpaper

Gasket scrapper/putty knife

Tube of Black Gasket Maker

Black Semi-gloss Rust Paint

Trans oil pan gasket



Task: Inspect and/ Service Transmission

The Daytona had a "Flightomatic" Automatic Transmission built by Borg-Warner. These Transmissions

were used by Studebaker from 1956-1966. The Transmission was working when put in storage many years ago

but was caked in dirt and the ATF was very old and needed to be replaced


Step 1 - Remove Oil Pan - I put the front end up jack stands and put oil pan underneath the Trans oil Pan.  I proceeded to loosen the large nut

on the Dipstick extension pipe at the rear of the oil pan.  Fully remove this large nut and turn the extension pipe out of the way

so he can remove all 14 oil pan bolts. Let the ATF drain out into the oil pan until it stops and then proceed to remove all

14 oil pan bolts with a 1/2 in socket & ratchet.  Remove the one at the front last in order for the pan to tilt forward

and drain any remaining ATF into the pan.  Remove last bolt and if required tap with soft rubber mallet or screwdriver

to carefully take off the oil pan.


Step 2 - Clean and Paint Oil Pan - Clean up the inside and outside of oil pan with varsol.  Remove all remnants of the old gasket

with a putty knife or scrapper. Prepare outside for black semi-gloss rust paint. Once the oil pan is thoroughly cleaned of

all dirt and rust, proceed to paint. Let dry. 

Step 3 - Clean Trans Oil Pan Filter - Remove the Oil Pan filter by moving

the retaining clip and pull it down to remove ensuring you understand on to re-install it Thoroughly clean in Varsol

and let dry. Reinstall ensuring that the filter is properly installed by having both large and small pipes are in their respective

 holes. Attach the filter clip and recheck to ensure it is secure.


                                    Step 4 - Prepare surface for new gasket - I then proceeded to go under the Daytona and clean off all remnants

of the gasket on the Trans Body. Ensure all surfaces are clean in prep to receive new gasket Once the oil pan is dry

I put Gasket maker on the gasket area and then attached the pan seal. I then got under the car and

applied the gasket maker on the Trans body gasket surface area. 


Step 5 - Reinstall Trans Oil Pan - I proceeded to bolt on the oil pan by inserting the 1/2 in pan bolts at all four corners

loosely and the remaining 10 in random order. Then attach the Dipstick extension pipe by pushing the large nut all the way

forward and screw by hand.  Never force and ensure to line up the nut to the oil pan properly and slowly turn

with large crescent wrench also ensuring if it goes too tight back off and try again until it is properly tightens up all the way.

Proceed to tighten all 1/2 in bolts until secure and then recheck the large Extension Nut.


Note: if these bolts and large Extension nut are not tighten properly the ATF will leak out gradually whether its 2 days

 or 2 months. Once everything looks good under the car proceed to pout in the Dexron ATF down the Trans dipstick tube

using a long narrow funnel.  Should take around 5 Quarts but check the dipstick and if at the full mark let sit and when you start

the motor the ATF with circulate through the torque converter once in drive and then you can put back in Park

and add more ATF as required - Never overfill


These Transmissions are bulletproof and if the levels are properly maintained & the car is driven properly

they normally last a very long time. I rebuilt our 1963 GT Hawk 289 engine at 105K and it's

Flightomatic Automatic Transmission has not be touched other then normal maintenance. 58 years

old and still working fine - Bulletproof








1964 Daytona Restoration