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  • 105 in Second gear!!

    Dunno if this link will work anywhere but AOL but this AM, this was on there: http://money.aol.com/special/30-thin...ould-come-back

    It's # 6 of 32.

    Studebaker
    "AOL User Leetalk68 Says: "I am old but my second car was a used 1955 Studebaker and it would do 105 in second and a hundred in third with overdrive."

    AOL User DRP76 Says:"Amen. We owned a '52 Champion when I was learning to drive. Lots of ahead-of-its-time features."

    With a pic of a really red 32 convertible.

    But getting back to my point...would ANY '55 REALLY go 105 in second? Even with OD?

    Musta been interesting.

    John

  • #2
    Sure. Second overdrive is almost like straight third, as far as a ratio. It would be screaming, but it could have been done...with a 224 or 259 V-8, that is...I wouldn't want to push a new, longer-stroke 185 Victory Six to those RPMs![:0][)] BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    • #3
      yup, let's assume that second is about 1.7:1, OD is 0.7:1, your effective trans gear ratio is 1.19:1 (I know those numbers aren't exact; I'm handwaving) with a 3.73 rear and a 27" tall tire, a real 105 MPH is about 5800 RPM... probably not achievable with a stock cam/springs, but I'd bet the speedo read a little bit high. And if the car had a 3.54 or 3.31 (not common ratios for OD, but I suppose possible) an honest 105 would definitely have been doable. With a 3.31 and my assumptions you'd be at about 5200 RPM which is definitely believable.

      nate

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      • #4
        Of course, after 40 years, memories can grow hazy and tales grow larger


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        Clark in San Diego
        '63 F2/Lark Standard
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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

          Of course, after 40 years, memories can grow hazy and tales grow larger
          Naaaaaaaw!!

          John

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