Gearstar Performance Transmissions Excels at Custom Built Ford Performance C4s for Clients in Reno, Nevada

By Fiona Vernon

Once someone finds a passion in the aesthetic and mechanics of cars, there is no going back. It’s a passion that will consume them for life, whether a kid in Cleveland, Ohio, stood on tiptoes watching their grandfather work on his ’74 Ford Maverick or a teenager in Helena, Montana, found herself enamored with her high school sweethearts’ love of the ’75 Ford Mustang II while she sat on the fender handing him tools. Car enthusiasts in search of a transmission that can handle the copious amounts of power and torque that their engine provides, like the C4 Cruise-O-Matic, can rely on the specialists at Gearstar Performance Transmissions, one of the first companies to manufacture Ford high performance automatic transmissions to the exact specifications of the engine in which it is going to serve. Anyone from Reno, Nevada, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, can contact this hot rod transmission company for any custom built Mopar, Ford, or GM performance transmission that will match the requirements of their baby’s power.

Anyone from Helena to Pittsburgh who has a passion for restoring classic cars to their former glory can rely on one of the five expert technicians at Gearstar Performance Transmissions who are assigned to their project for the exact custom-built transmission to suit their needs. The Ford C4 Cruise-O-Matic is arguably the most reliable automatic transmission that Ford has ever produced. Its boasts a simplicity that allows even a garage mechanic with no special tools to tear it down and rebuild it; however, building a transmission to match the rear gear ratio and the horsepower and torque output of the car into which it will be going is a science that is best left to the professionals at this hot rod transmission company. To streamline communications between technician and customer, only one person is assigned to each project. This allows someone who is highly experienced, as well as passionate about what they do, to focus solely on that specific high performance automatic transmission, whether it is a Ford, GM, or Mopar, and use only high-quality American-made parts.

The C4 Cruise-O-Matic is a three-speed medium-duty transmission introduced in 1964 Ford vehicles, designed to be a lighter and simpler replacement for the original Ford-O-Matic two-speed that was used in smaller cars with less power. To decrease the weight significantly as compared to its predecessor, Ford used an aluminum alloy, three-piece case, and a straightforward planetary gearset. It was used mainly in their inline six-cylinder engines and small V-8’s. A few C4’s were built with a larger spread bell housing to use with the 351M V8s and were also used with FE engines, mostly the 390, for full-sized cars. Anyone from Reno to Cleveland who contacts Gearstar Performance Transmissions can be confident that they put their full attention into each transmission, DYNO testing each one with the converter the equivalent of 100 miles to ensure that the package is functioning perfectly before ever leaving their facility.

Whether a gearhead in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is revving up for warm summer nights of cruising in their ’66 Ford Thunderbird or one in Cleveland, Ohio, just loves feeling a smooth shift from their ’82 Mercury Cougar, Gearstar Performance Transmissions offers master technicians that put as much love into each custom-built C4 Cruise-O-Matic transmission as if it were their own. Motorheads from Reno, Nevada, to Helena, Montana, are customers for life after they discover the expert craftsmanship at this hot rod transmission company. Friendships are formed, whether their passion lies in a Mopar, GM, or Ford high performance custom built automatic transmissions and everything that comes with them.

Gearstar Performance Transmissions
132 N. Howard St.
Akron, Ohio 44308
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