Our shop has a white-painted concrete floor, and that goes some way to explaining our work ethic, too.
We specialize intensely as to these ZF 5HP-24A transmissions. Here are two pictures of a custom work stand we made, just for this type of transmission.
We also make custom wooden frames, specifically for the ZF 5HP-24A, to gently but firmly cradle a transmission in storage or to be moved around, with casters added below the frame. Here’s a stack of them awaiting casters:
We own about 20 of these transmissions, with half or so installed in working, running A6 Quattro or A8 Quattro cars for prospects to drive and test so they can have a warm feeling before committing. Here is a picture of two of our Audi A6 Quattro 4.2 V8 cars parked on the street, insured and registered (and that’s not our shop in the background). The front car is a 2000 model, hence a try-before-you-buy showcase for those needing the ECF variation of the ZF 5HP-24A transmission. The rear one is a 2003 model for those needing the FUL variation of the ZF 5HP-24A transmission.
We notice that many people rag on ZF. We don’t. We love ZF. We also enjoy working through their documentation, which is very thorough and informative. Even so, when we discover we know slightly more than the official ZF documentation, we feel very proud of ourselves. For example, in the official spare parts catalog for the ZF 5HP-24A, there’s a gap for the A6 between 2000 and 2002. We’ve figured out what that gap is:
Obviously, it’s for the 2001 model but by inspecting actual cars, wiping the grime off ID plates and reading the specifics, we confirmed the other details too. We don’t like to inspect just one vehicle and then make wide assumptions because it might be an anomaly.
This is an example of how we enjoy learning too: hands-on. We do enjoy reading, but we also take our own cars apart, we go to junkyards, we spend time on forums, we watch videos and we talk to owners and to technical advisors.
… and yes, we do have a 2001 model A6 Quattro 4.2 V8 with its FBC variant of the ZF 5P-24A transmission for sale, ready for a test-drive, if that’s the variation you require.
We also made a cart customized to the ZF 5HP-24A transmission and the Audi Quattro 4.2 V8 engine that comes with it. We have not made a cart for the VW Phaeton yet but our impression is that its sub-frame is a blend of the A6 and A8 sub-frame, so it probably won’t be all that difficult for us to make. Here’s a picture of one of our carts, gently but firmly holding an S8 engine:
We remove the engine, sub-frame and transmission as a set. The front clip of the A8 and S8, for example, hinges forward like a door, with all the hoses including the air conditioning on the driver side, so we don’t break that connection. Then, we undo the connections, and we bring the engine + sub-frame + transmission forward.
Here’s an example: the engine, + sub-frame + transmission has just been removed from the Audi Quattro behind it. Notice the protective covering on the front fender corners of the car? We’re very careful.