Note: If you are willing to drop off your transmisison to me in Concord, NC, I will unload your transmission - no worries. You can save a ton of money by making the drive.
The pictures above are of what we have received from customers, or what we have packaged for shipping out. A good pallet and ratchet straps with a well drained transmission is all that is needed to send your transmission to Classic Hydramatic. I am locating in Concord, NC 27028 (near Charlotte). You can use the zip code for shipping quote needs.
NOTE: I PROVIDE ACCESS TO PARTS AT JOBBER COST. THIS HELPS OFFSET THE COST OF SHIPPING. MANY TRANS SHOPS WILL MARKUP PARTS 100%, 200%, 300% BUT MAY HAVE LOWER LABOR COSTS. WE ARE COMPETITIVE EVEN WITH ADDED SHIPPING. BE AWARE OF THE TOTAL COST QUOTED BY A LOCAL SHOP BEFORE YOU COMMIT. AND BE SURE TO ASK IF THE SHOP TECHNICIAN DOING TEH WORK HAS EXPERIENCE WITH EARLY HYDRAMATICS. WE SEND A PARTS AND LABOR ESTIMATE WITH EACH INQUIRY THAT IS ACCURATE (LESS MAJOR HARD PARTS THAT MAY BE NEEDED).
About getting shipping quotes:
These days the quotes and fees are not consistent from one carrier to another. I recommend that you shop around for best price. Search the Internet for LTL Freight Companies. With some patience and perseverance, you should be able to obtain shipping for a reasonable cost.
Also, if you know someone who ships pallets from their business, ask them if they can assist you and get a quote.
BE SURE TO SHOP AROUND DIFFERENT FRIEGHT COMPANIES.
Be sure to search and get quotes for shipping. You can save a ton of money if you are able to deliver your trans yourself. I will unload you - no problem. Weekend deliveries - no problem.
If shipping on a pallet, look for used GOOD CONDITION pallet locally. If it needs tightening, run some screws in where it is weak / loose (be sure to ask before taking a company's pallet, sometimes they may have better pallets inside they are willing to give you).
Just ratchet strap the transmission to a suitable pallet. Or purchase a crate from U-Line that ships the disassembled crate to your door. All you need to do is assemble crate, secure transmission to crate floor, and close it up. We will ship your item back in your crate (if the crate is still in good condition).
U-Line crate pricing link is here:
You must include Lift Gate Service and prepay all freight charges (or customs fees if International). Be sure to fully drain the unit. Remove loose items like dip sticks and dip stick tubes. If you include small items, be sure to package or box and secure to the pallet or transmission. Tie the transmission to the pallet with sufficient strapping (like ratchet straps if you do not have shipping straps and strap tools). More strapping is better.
We always send photos of what we receive. We will return your unit either on your pallet or your crate (if still useable). If you want a return shipping protected crate used, then we will discuss cost of a U-Line crate.
The photos above depict examples of what we receive from customers as these have arrived from the carrier truck. As you can see, more strapping is better since sometimes the transmission is hanging off the pallet when it arrives. Again - more strapping is better! Good condition pallets are a must.
Let us know if you have questions. I look forward to rebuilding your Hydramatic.