A-518 Trans (mopar Perf P/n 5249166)
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One of my magazines at home has an article on MOPAR transmissions, can't remember which one off the top of my head. Think it was Hot Rod or Car Craft. I'll try to look it up and post sometime over the weekend.
And I don't think they were really commenting on the strength or weakness of the trans in that one article, just its suitability to using in a swap.
Posted June 13, 2003 at 03:15 pm
First introduced for the Dakota trucks in 1988, the A500 and A518 automatic overdrive transmissions are based on Chrysler’s 904 and 727 Torqueflites, respectively. Either transmission can be found in the Mopar Performance catalog, (part No. P5249165 for the A500 and P5249166 for the A518), and the gear ratios are identical to the older trannies, with the exception of the overdrive. However, the catalog listing included the ominous warning, “requires major modifications on A-B-C-E body.” After a quick call to Art Carr Transmissions in Fountain Valley, California, to confirm that he would help us perform the “major modifications,” we had Mopar Performance ship one out.
As mentioned before, either tranny is available, but because it would be dealing with a 400-plus-hp 440, we went with the beefier A518 and sent it directly to JVX, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee. An adapter kit from JVX allows these new overdrive transmissions to bolt directly to Mopar B/RB engines. Besides supplying the adapter kit, JVX’s John Vinson went through the A518 to give it “crisper” shifts and increased durability (see the accompanying sidebar, “JVX For the GTX”).
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