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Question of Ford truck transmissions
My brother has just informed me that the tranny in his '97 E-250 van (4.2 V6) gave up the ghost. He looked in the local bargain hunter and found somebody selling a tranny from a '94 F-150 (5.0 V8).

I know the 4.2 and 5.0 share a bell housing, but what I need to know is what these trannies may be, and are they interchangeable? I've googled it with no luck. Mitchell OnDemand shows three different transmission possibilities: AOD-E, 4R70W, and E4OD. I think the E4OD isn't likely, as from what I've read that seems like a heavy duty tranny that wouldn't likely be sitting behind a V6 or 302.

I know the AOD-E and 4R70W are closely related, but are they interchangeable as a whole unit? Are they electronically compatible?

'Nuther question: I know the old AOD's could act up when the TV cable was sticking (would not shift right, would downshift early, etc). The weather has been very cold, and I think his cable might be freezing, causing the problems he's described. This, of course, would depend on whether the AOD-E or 4R70W even have TV cables. So do they?
Wish I could help you out. But, I just don't know. I'm a member of a place called "Ford Truck World" . Ask over there, put it in the right sections and they are often very helpful people.
as far as i know the two bolt up the same, yet the electronic side may not be compatible, but more than likely is

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