I've been lurking around for a few months and now have a few questions for the more experianced.
BACKGROUND: After bending a spiffy looking aluminum TV rod to mate a Carter AFB to the AOD; I soon realized it would not work properly, which is probably why Ford switched to the cable. I bought a Lokar cable and bracket and installed it this past weekend. The directions (for non-cable type shifters) show mounting the TV shaft bracket to point to the ground and the cable is mounted to one of the left rear pan bolts. On my truck this causes interferece with the shift linkage as the TV shaft bracket bends back in toward the tranny. The other mounting possibility places teh TV cable bracket at the left front mounting boss on the bellhousing which currently holds the shift linkage bracket. I could use a longer bolt through the boss a mount the TV cable bracket to its bottom with a nut (this 'might' work).
Question #1: Can the TV shaft be dissconected inside the tranny and rotated? It's been months since I had the pan off and I don't remember. (The idea is to filp the TV shaft bracket over so the the bend in it points to the left; I think this would require about a 90 deg. turn in the TV shaft.
Question #2: I have noticed a bit of tranny fluid leaking out of the shift linkage/TV shaft hole. Is their a bushing in there that can be (easily) replaced?
On the AOD the kickdown linkage should mount on a pan bolt on the driver's side towards the rear. The linkage is expecting to pull down the rod as the throttle opens. I am surprised you are having problems but your application is different than mine.
To replace the seal you will need to pull the pan. Then you will have to figure out a tricky way to remove the nut from the kickdown rod (inside) and slide out the kickdown. The seal can then be replaced. You must either get the seal from Ford (the easiest) or find a tranny dealer. You might be able to order this from Jay (see sponsor pic above).
The suggested method is to remove the valve body but there are 24 (25?) bolts and you'll probably need a new gasket...and...well it's not fun...