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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Rebuild R-380

I have a R-380 that is now grinding when shifting between 2nd and 3rd. Does anybody know if there is any local trans shop that can repair? I live in N.Virginia and would like to have a local person rebuild.

I was thinking about getting one from Ashcroft that was rebuilt. has anybody else purchased a trans from Ashcroft? What was the cost?

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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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I wouldn't trust anyone local. I bought an r380 from David Ashcroft last month. With core charge and shipping it came to just under $1700 outright. I couldn't see shipping the old one back being worth it for the core charge.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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If you don't want to go over the pond, I've heard great things about;

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he is 'Roadside Rob' on this forum
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Old May 4th, 2010, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for the replies.

I will call SW Rover, but is there any place closer to the DC area?

I was hoping any trans shop could rebuild.

Thanks Tim
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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:36 PM
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Go with Rob! Worth every penny.
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Rob @ SW Rovers is the man you want to use!
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Rob Dassler is definitely the one I would trust. He ships them back in custom blown foam containers so they reach you in as perfect a condition as when he finished it on the bench.

Southwest Rovers
8700 San Pedro NE
Albuquerque NM 87113

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Rob Dassler is definitely the one I would trust. He ships them back in custom blown foam containers so they reach you in as perfect a condition as when he finished it on the bench.

Southwest Rovers
8700 San Pedro NE
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Does he do transfer cases as well?
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Old May 5th, 2010, 01:35 PM
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My first reaction is to tell you to buy one from Ashcroft. That said, there is nothing out of the ordinary about an R380 that any transmission shop worth half a bean can't figure out.
Our family has been using Montgomery transmission on Gude Drive since the early sixties and have always had good service from them.
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While I have no doubt that a decent transmission shop could rebuild one and have it work I would say go with Rob, Ashcroft or sonmeone else that works on them all the time.

They will know all of the little tricks and fixes that a normal transmission shop will not know about and you will end up with a better product in end.
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