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John Kirchhoff
10-23-2006, 09:39 PM
Anyone out there know what the maximum horsepower one could put through the first automatic transmission? Not as in racing or anything, but ordinary driving. Didn't the first 259's use them and weren't they rated something like 170 hp? After I get my Hawk finished, I want to get back to working on the Land Cruiser. I figure the low compression 232 would be a good candidate for a turbo or supercharger. I have a never used Paxton blower I bought years ago of unknown porpose. It was mated to a 2hp three phase motor with a multi rib belt. Considering the motor, it must have been used in industrial applications. It's direct drive and doesn't have the variable speed sheeves like the 57-58's nor does it have the gear set like the automotive Paxtons. For years I've toyed with the idea of using a serpentine belt to power it as well as using an electric clutch on it so I can control when it runs. I've tossed around the idea of having a wide open throttle switch like the overdrives to engage it as well as a manual on override and off override switches. I figure 5-6 lbs of boost would be enough to get 160-170hp when needed. The geometric compression ratio at 5 lbs boost owuld still only be 8:1, so no problem there. Anything I should know about those transmissions?

Roscomacaw
10-23-2006, 10:12 PM
John, if anything, these units were probably OVERbuilt. The fact that Jags and Mercedes and some heavy duty trucks used them after Stude quit using them says something in itself.;)
Personally, I'd opt for the DG-250M since it was the one that was used behind the 259 (1st gear start too). Geez - think about it... Stude wouldn't have put something behind a 4bbl 259 if it was JUST adequate.[^]

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1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

JDP
10-23-2006, 11:05 PM
I'm putting a DG 350M behind a 289 without a worry, the 250 is almost as strong.

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StudeRich
10-24-2006, 02:45 AM
John, what make used those? Mercedes maybe?

StudeRich
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JDP
10-24-2006, 09:08 AM
I know Jag used them, some others.

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63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Avanti R1/AC
63 Lark 2 dr.
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark convert
60 Hawk
59 3E Truck
56 truck
55 Starlight
53 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Roscomacaw
10-24-2006, 12:25 PM
A THREE-50??? Any idea what it came out of? [:0]

Do any of the Hollanders you peddle cover the applications of the DGs? I've got the 34th edition and it gives only scant mention as to the apps for Studebaker - nothing else.

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

JDP
10-24-2006, 12:53 PM
DG 350 was planned for the 65 Packard. OK, it was a brain fart, a 250M out of a 55 President. :)

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64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Avanti R1/AC
63 Lark 2 dr.
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark convert
60 Hawk
59 3E Truck
56 truck
55 Starlight
53 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

studegary
10-24-2006, 03:47 PM
I built two 1953 Commander Starliners with the DG transmission behind more engine than they originally came with. One had a S/C '57 Golden Hawk engine with the original '53 DG transmission and the other one had/has a 1962 259 with a 1955 DG 250. I built the second car in the early '70s and it is still going.

I have worked on Jaguars with the DG transmission. I found it easier and cheaper to get Studebaker parts to repair them than to get Jaguar parts.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

rockne10
10-24-2006, 11:10 PM
Um gonna git me one o those 350's un put it behind a Northstar. Ah think ittle teach that engine a lesson.:D

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Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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53 Commander Starlight
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BRUCESTUDE
10-27-2006, 11:54 PM
I've been driving a '54 Hudson Wasp, 232 "6" w/hydra matic for the last year. I recently traded it to a friend for his '51 Commander w/Automatic drive. While this is not the first Stude I've owned, it is interesting to note the differences in the 2 cars, especially the automatics. The AD, coupled to the V8 is a great setup; quick with good, solid shifts, while the Hudson 6 w/hydra is a lot slower, with some mushiness.