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    Power Shift or Flight-O-Matic?

    Is there a difference between the Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission on Studebaker cars and the Power Shift? I have the brochure for the 1964 models and the automatic transmission therein is called "Power Shift". Yet, I have heard of the Studebaker auto called "Flight-O-Matic"? Are they the same? Are they different transmissions? If so, how do they differ?

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    Different versions of the same second-gear-start-three-speed Borg-Warner automatic. Different gear selector pattern.

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    The MOST obvious difference you cannot miss is that the "Power Shift" is a FLOOR SHIFT!

    The P/S can be manually shifted if desired, it has: 1, 2, and D positions, and also has the now Standard P R N D 2 1 Pattern.

    The Flight-O-Matic was used on All Studebaker Cars and Trucks equipped with Automatic Transmission from 1956 to 1966 that were not ordered with the Optional H.D. Floor Shift.

    The shift pattern is: P N D L R, handy for rocking out of Mud and Snow because it allows a R to L shift without losing time & RPM.

    Of course they are Different Transmissions, similar but different in many ways internally, but Both ARE Borg Warner units as were Ford-O-Matics, Cruise-O-Matics, Merc-O-Matics, Flash-O-Matics (AMC) and other makes.

    Power Shifts have a wider Front Band to allow multiple 1-2 shifts under Power without damage.
    They have other "tweaks" to make them stronger including Oil Cooling.

    Except in 6 Cyl. Cars, Trucks, Postal Zip Vans they all start in Second Gear but have full 3 Speeds when manually shifted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StudeRich View Post
    The MOST obvious difference you cannot miss is that the "Power Shift" is a FLOOR SHIFT!

    The P/S can be manually shifted if desired, it has: 1, 2, and D positions, and also has the now Standard P R N D 2 1 Pattern.

    The Flight-O-Matic was used on All Studebaker Cars and Trucks equipped with Automatic Transmission from 1956 to 1966 that were not ordered with the Optional H.D. Floor Shift.

    The shift pattern is: P N D L R, handy for rocking out of Mud and Snow because it allows a R to L shift without losing time & RPM.

    Of course they are Different Transmissions, similar but different in many ways internally, but Both ARE Borg Warner units as were Ford-O-Matics, Cruise-O-Matics, Merc-O-Matics, Flash-O-Matics (AMC) and other makes.

    Power Shifts have a wider Front Band to allow multiple 1-2 shifts under Power without damage.
    They have other "tweaks" to make them stronger including Oil Cooling.

    Except in 6 Cyl. Cars, Trucks, Postal Zip Vans they all start in Second Gear but have full 3 Speeds when manually shifted.
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