Classic Car Transmission Repair and Auto Restoration

Classic Car Transmission Repair and Auto Restoration

Come See Our Classic Car Transmission Repair and Auto Restoration Skills!

Thurston County Transmission recently took on a very exciting classic car transmission repair. Our crew restored a 1959 Ford Thunderbird, a classic with over 50 years of grease and oil buildup, rust, transmission wear and more.

This whole engine was a mess. However, classic car restoration is exciting enough that we immediately dug in, cleaned it up and got this baby back in showroom condition!

As these photos show, classic car transmission repairs take a lot of work. Experience matters when working with any classic car, especially since most of the original equipment manufacturer parts, or OEM, have not been made in decades. The Thurston County Transmission team knows their way around classic transmissions and engines, however, so the first step was coming up with a precise plan of attack for the T-Bird.

Classic car transmission repair checklist for 1959 Ford Thunderbird:

  • Rebuilt the cast iron Cruise-o-matic transmission
  • Modified the valve body
  • Updated front and rear engine seals from rope seals to rubber
  • Updated rear differential from leather seals to rubber
  • Cleaned the oil pan, valve cover and front cover
    (required paint removal, glass beading and new coats of paint)

All of this work had three important results. First, the restoration enhanced the overall performance of the T-Bird. Second, several design issues that classic cars deal with were resolved by changing out antiquated parts for more practical modern options.  Finally, and most importantly, we met a client’s need.

They actually yelled “WOOHOO!” when they saw the restored engine! Client satisfaction makes all the grease and sweat worthwhile.

If you have a classic car transmission repair project, contact us and we will try to coax maximum performance out of your vehicle! Whether you want to drive it, race it, show it at an expo or keep it parked as a collectible, our team can get your classic car up and running, good as new, no matter how old it might be.


  1. Bruce

    You guys are the greatest My 59 Tbird Engine is so nice I hate to drive it for fear of getting it dirty

    • admin

      Thank you Bruce… it was a pleasure to work with you, and on that sweet vehicle!

  2. Mark Adkisson

    I have a transmission that i pulled out of my 1959 cadillac it has 90 thousand miles on it i know longer need it is this something you would buy and if yes make me a offer.Contact # 618 499 8819.

    Mark L Adkisson

  3. Mark Adkisson

    i have a 1959 cadillac transmission that has 90 thousand miles on it, I no longer need it if you want to buy it make me a offer.



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Thurston County Transmission is your trusted transmission repair, replacement & rebuild expert in the Olympia, WA area. We deliver quality auto repair & transmission service with the honesty and integrity you expect from a family owned, local business. Since 1990, we have prided ourselves on our ability to offer the highest quality service and repairs, with the highest level of customer service. We are a locally owned and operated family business that cares about our customers and our community.

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