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Orestudeguy
09-12-2006, 11:17 PM
Ok, here goes. I have a 64 Wagonaire that originally was a six cylinder with a three speed o/d trans.
It now has a 259 V/8 from a 64 Cruiser with a three speed o/d trans.
I'm upgrading the front end with new springs & Turner front disc brake kit.
The rear still has the model 27 gear with 4:10 ratio. And the small brakes.
I have a Dana 44 rear from a 56 Stude car. It has 3:31 gears in it.
I was thinking 3:73 gears would be good for this swap. I won't be towing anything, just a daily driver and mostly highway driving.
I'm open to hear others thoughts.. And if the gears for the Dana 44 are the same thru the years? I don't have parts book for 56 Studes.

George
65 Commander 2door
64 Wagonaire
63 Champ
63 GT Hawk
51 Champion Starlight Coupe

klifton1
09-13-2006, 08:01 AM
373 gears are a vary good choice for o/d. I used it in a 60 conv. and it was a good all around gear. 331? Maybe if your a flat lander.
Klif

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

klifton1
09-13-2006, 08:01 AM
373 gears are a vary good choice for o/d. I used it in a 60 conv. and it was a good all around gear. 331? Maybe if your a flat lander.
Klif

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

53k
09-13-2006, 08:55 AM
quote:Originally posted by Orestudeguy

Ok, here goes. I have a 64 Wagonaire that originally was a six cylinder with a three speed o/d trans.
It now has a 259 V/8 from a 64 Cruiser with a three speed o/d trans.
I'm upgrading the front end with new springs & Turner front disc brake kit.
The rear still has the model 27 gear with 4:10 ratio. And the small brakes.
I have a Dana 44 rear from a 56 Stude car. It has 3:31 gears in it.
I was thinking 3:73 gears would be good for this swap. I won't be towing anything, just a daily driver and mostly highway driving.
I'm open to hear others thoughts.. And if the gears for the Dana 44 are the same thru the years? I don't have parts book for 56 Studes.
George

3.73 was the standard ratio for a V-8 with overdrive. My '64 Daytona Wagonaire 259 w/overdrive came with a 3.73. If your engine is from a '64 Cruiser it should be a 289 as they didn't offer the 259 in Cruisers. If it doesn't have a "P" prefix, it isn't the original Cruiser engine.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64Wagonaire2.jpg

[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64%20Daytona%20Convertible/Copy%20of%20DaytonaConvert7-20-06.JPG[/img=right]

Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

53k
09-13-2006, 08:55 AM
quote:Originally posted by Orestudeguy

Ok, here goes. I have a 64 Wagonaire that originally was a six cylinder with a three speed o/d trans.
It now has a 259 V/8 from a 64 Cruiser with a three speed o/d trans.
I'm upgrading the front end with new springs & Turner front disc brake kit.
The rear still has the model 27 gear with 4:10 ratio. And the small brakes.
I have a Dana 44 rear from a 56 Stude car. It has 3:31 gears in it.
I was thinking 3:73 gears would be good for this swap. I won't be towing anything, just a daily driver and mostly highway driving.
I'm open to hear others thoughts.. And if the gears for the Dana 44 are the same thru the years? I don't have parts book for 56 Studes.
George

3.73 was the standard ratio for a V-8 with overdrive. My '64 Daytona Wagonaire 259 w/overdrive came with a 3.73. If your engine is from a '64 Cruiser it should be a 289 as they didn't offer the 259 in Cruisers. If it doesn't have a "P" prefix, it isn't the original Cruiser engine.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64Wagonaire2.jpg

[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64%20Daytona%20Convertible/Copy%20of%20DaytonaConvert7-20-06.JPG[/img=right]

Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine