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stan zoerner
12-27-2006, 03:53 PM
I still have a free-wheeling O.D. 3 spd from a 64 R+++bler and am wondering if I can hook it [just the od and free wheel part ] to the aotomatic on my 55 Champion? I used to love the gas mileage that I used to get{especially in S.F. with all the hills} If not I''try to sell it to someone who can use it.

gordr
12-27-2006, 04:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by stan zoerner

I still have a free-wheeling O.D. 3 spd from a 64 R+++bler and am wondering if I can hook it [just the od and free wheel part ] to the aotomatic on my 55 Champion? I used to love the gas mileage that I used to get{especially in S.F. with all the hills} If not I''try to sell it to someone who can use it.


Stan, I don't think there is any way, short of owning your own machine shop and foundry, that you could attach the overdrive mechanism from a Rambler (or Studebaker) to the back of you automatic tranny. And I think the auto tranny might become confused, and try to downshift when you shifted into overdrive.

The Detroit Gear tranny in your car should have a lock-up torque convertor, and is a pretty efficient transmission, as far as automatics go. If you want better gas mileage, and don't have too many mountain roads to contend with, maybe a taller gear in the rear axle would help.

Alternatively, you could swap in GM 200 4R tranny. I know there are kits made for V8 swaps, not sure about the six.

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DEEPNHOCK
12-27-2006, 05:29 PM
Agreed..
I keep looking at the O/D section of the trans and try to figure a way to hook it up to a Ford 8" or 9" rear end at the nose of the pinion. I saw a setup like that once and it made sense...
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by gordr
Stan, I don't think there is any way, short of owning your own machine shop and foundry, that you could attach the overdrive mechanism from a Rambler (or Studebaker) to the back of you automatic tranny. And I think the auto tranny might become confused, and try to downshift when you shifted into overdrive.
The Detroit Gear tranny in your car should have a lock-up torque convertor, and is a pretty efficient transmission, as far as automatics go. If you want better gas mileage, and don't have too many mountain roads to contend with, maybe a taller gear in the rear axle would help.
Alternatively, you could swap in GM 200 4R tranny. I know there are kits made for V8 swaps, not sure about the six.
Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands



quote:Originally posted by stan zoerner

I still have a free-wheeling O.D. 3 spd from a 64 R+++bler and am wondering if I can hook it [just the od and free wheel part ] to the aotomatic on my 55 Champion? I used to love the gas mileage that I used to get{especially in S.F. with all the hills} If not I''try to sell it to someone who can use it.



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12-27-2006, 05:40 PM
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Roscomacaw
12-27-2006, 05:48 PM
stan - what's already been said sounds right. BESIDES that.... if that Rammer tranny was out of an American, it might be feasible to bolt it up to the rear of a Champion OD tranny - I don't know for sure, but they did both use T-96 transmissions. Of course, I realize you're talking about an automatic in your 55.
If that tranny was out of the larger Rammers of that year, the fact that they had enclosed driveshafts might complicate things even more - at least from a driveshaft adaptation standpoint. Of course, that configuration might well make such a marriage a wee bit more convenient since the rear of the Rammer Trans tail housings have a huge flange on them (to accept the front of the driveshaft tube) that might well serve as a mount point in a mid-driveshaft OD unit (ala Brownie).
Of course - as gordr says - with a full machine shop at your disposal, you probably could fudge something.[B)][}:)]

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stan zoerner
12-27-2006, 06:09 PM
It was out of an American,and I agree .If I could use it on the rear end it seems to make alot more sense,especially if you would only use the manual actuator lever,and disconnect the electric part.If it doesn't look like it will work at either end of the car ,it might be more thoughtful to sell {or give } it to some one who hasn't progressed to Studey's yet.Thanks for the input....Stan