More than thirty years ago when I put a Warner T-10 in a '62 Ford Galaxy convertible, I was told that it
was improper to refer to it as a Borg-Warner. I never had reason to question this and indeed, I found that
professionals in the automotive field and references made by automotive repair manuals referred to the
transmissions as "Warner" and not as "Borg-Warner".
Well, back in the '60s we did not have the internet to answer these questions. In a search for
"Borg-Warner" on the 'net, I found two very different manufacturers.
The first I found was BWD - Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. which is wholly or partly owned by Echlin Inc.
along with Brake Parts Inc. (manufacturer of Raybestos Brakes), Mr. Gasket, and Beck/Arnley
When I went to the "Contact us" page at http://www.Borg-Warner.com/contactus.html
I found the
BWD Automotive markets out Borg-Warner brand products which include:
ignition components, carb kits and components, emission control, fuel
injection, wire and cable, new and reman clutches, water pumps and motor
BWD AUTOMOTIVE DOES NOT MARKET OR
DISTRIBUTE ANY TRANSMISSION OR
TRANSMISSION-RELATED COMPONENTS UNDER
THE BORG-WARNER BRAND NAME. ALL EMAILS
CONCERNING TRANSMISSIONS AND
TRANSMISSION RELATED QUESTIONS WILL BE
DELETED...EXCEPT FOR CLUTCH RELATED
Then I found BWA - Borg-Warner Automotive who says they do powertrain, transmissions and
turbochargers. BWA stock is listed on the NYSE.
No wonder the confusion but I think I've got it straight now. I still don't know how two companies
registered with the same name and I'd be interested in the legal battles that must have gone on. From
their statement, it looks like BWD is a little miffed about the confusion.