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  • Determining Overdrive???

    I am in the process of restoring a 54 coupe and I had my transmission rebuilt, but I know nothing about it. How do I determine if my car has overdrive . It is an automatic transmission I do know that much.

    Thanks

    Domenic Manera
    1954 Regal Starlight Coupe
    Domenic Manera, Fire Chief
    City of York Fire Department
    York, SC 29745
    1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

  • #2
    Studebaker automatics did not have overdrive, just the 3 speed manuals and it was optional on those.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      Studebaker automatics did not have overdrive, just the 3 speed manuals and it was optional on those.

      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        Automatic transmissions with overdrive did not appear until the 1980s, after the oil crises of the 1970s suddenly made gas mileage more important to many motorists. Before that, automatics generally had two, three, or four forward gears, with the highest gear being a 1:1 ratio.

        Skip Lackie
        Washington DC
        Skip Lackie

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        • #5
          Automatic transmissions with overdrive did not appear until the 1980s, after the oil crises of the 1970s suddenly made gas mileage more important to many motorists. Before that, automatics generally had two, three, or four forward gears, with the highest gear being a 1:1 ratio.

          Skip Lackie
          Washington DC
          Skip Lackie

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          • #6
            Your car's automatic does not have an overdrive gear, but it does have a lock up torque converter. This is what makes some people think that it is going into another gear, but it isn't - it is still 1:1, but without the slippage. This is a good transmission that is also economical in use due to the lock up torque converter.

            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Your car's automatic does not have an overdrive gear, but it does have a lock up torque converter. This is what makes some people think that it is going into another gear, but it isn't - it is still 1:1, but without the slippage. This is a good transmission that is also economical in use due to the lock up torque converter.

              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                Thanks very much I have a clear understanding of exactly what I have now.

                Domenic Manera
                1954 Regal Starlight Coupe
                Domenic Manera, Fire Chief
                City of York Fire Department
                York, SC 29745
                1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

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                • #9
                  Thanks very much I have a clear understanding of exactly what I have now.

                  Domenic Manera
                  1954 Regal Starlight Coupe
                  Domenic Manera, Fire Chief
                  City of York Fire Department
                  York, SC 29745
                  1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

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                  • #10
                    Also, since I don't see whether or not your '54's a Champion or a Commander, the Champion debuted the 1st gear start arrangement in the DG transmission in '54. The next year, all three lines had first gear start. Champion, Commander & President.[^]

                    Miscreant adrift in
                    the BerStuda Triangle

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

                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                    • #11
                      Also, since I don't see whether or not your '54's a Champion or a Commander, the Champion debuted the 1st gear start arrangement in the DG transmission in '54. The next year, all three lines had first gear start. Champion, Commander & President.[^]

                      Miscreant adrift in
                      the BerStuda Triangle

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

                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

                      Comment

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