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.
We are locating in Livonia, MI 48154 (near Detroit).
NOTE: WE SELL YOU PARTS AT JOBBER COST. THIS HELPS OFFSET THE COST OF SHIPPING. MANY TRANS SHOPS WILL MARKUP PARTS 100%, 200% BUT HAVE LOWER LABOR COSTS. WE ARE STILL COMPETITIVE EVEN WITH SHIPPING. BE AWARE OF THE TOTAL COST OF A LOCAL SHOP BEFORE YOU COMMIT. WE SEND A PARTS AND LABOR ESTIMATE WITH EACH INQUIRY THAT IS ACCURATE (LESS MAJOR HARD PARTS).
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 Quotes. With some patience and perseverance, you should be able to obtain shipping for a reasonable cost.
Shippers that have had good prices in the past are:
-There are may more
BE SURE TO SHOP AROUND DIFFERENT FRIEGHT COMPANIES. THEY ARE VERY COMPETATIVE.
Be sure to search and get quotes for shipping. You can save money if you are able to deliver your pallet or crate to shipper. Or, if you can deliver the transmission yourself to Livonia, MI (near Detroit).
Generally, a cast iron Hydramatic fully dressed on a pallet is about 300 pounds. A Jetaway on a pallet is about 300 pounds. The cast orin PowerGlide about 250 pounds. Shipping each way will run between $200 and $400 with lift gate service based on carrier, your location, size of pallet, weight, etc.
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).
You can build a crate if you would like (see photo above) or just tie 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:
If you purchase from U-Line make sure the crate includes a pallet. The crate will be delivered on a pallet in most cases, so you can simply secure your crate bottom with washers and short screws to the pallet U-LINE will ship to you. Or you can get a good pallet locally many times for free.
If you do not want to crate, then simply obtain a good condition pallet small enough for the unit to sit on and not hang over the edges. 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 will provide additional packaging information as needed and a complete address when you are ready to ship.
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 and either build or use 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.