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    I am being tols told that the 62 automatic was a two speed but actually was a three speed. What would they mean by that?

  • #2
    It's a three speed, but you'd think it was a two speed from driving it. In normal operation it starts in second gear, first gear is obtained by manually selecting low range or flooring the accelerator.

    nate

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    • #3
      It is a 3 speed, but low gear only works with the selector in low, or by flooring the throttle from a standing start. (You can install a first gear start valve body to start out in low in normal operation.)

      Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
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      • #4
        ONLY GM could get away with a cheap 2 speed automatic transmission for so many years.

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        • #5
          MY 2(3) speed works fine. That Low gear seems low or lower. Do people have a problem with 2 speed ( second gear start up) .

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          • #6
            Some people think it's annoying, personally I'd rather have first gear start. It doesn't hurt anything, that is the way Studebaker intended it to work, they could make it first gear start if they wanted it that way, but they didn't.

            If you've got one of those transmissions don't let the 2nd gear start bother you, you should get a little better gas mileage and it's easier on the rest of the drivetrain. Besides when you want to umm ... blow out the carbon you can either floor it or shift into low and it will start up in first. That is actually kind of fun and confuses the heck out of some people <G>.

            The drill is start out in low, then when your ready to shift into second put it in drive, let it shift, and then put it back into low. That will lock it in 2nd unil your ready to shift into 3rd, then just put it in drive.

            Jeff DeWitt
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            • #7
              One of our members lunched the Power Shift in his Avanti trying that Jeff.
              Whats wrong with just flooring it in low,then slip it into drive. Just as the engine sounds like the pistons are about to swap holes?

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              • #8
                I've done the L/D/L shift routine for years and never had a problem...(Until I let a friend try it and he pulled it down into reverse... Even that didn't hurt anything, but it did make a huge thunk and stalled the engine)... In fact, I've never had a failed Stude auto trans. Maybe I am lucky.... (but I do change my oils and filters a lot.
                Jeff


                quote:Originally posted by Transtar56

                One of our members lunched the Power Shift in his Avanti trying that Jeff.
                Whats wrong with just flooring it in low,then slip it into drive. Just as the engine sounds like the pistons are about to swap holes?
                DEEPNHOCK at Cox.net
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                • #9
                  We took our 62 Cruiser out the other day for some exercise. My granddad did the L/D/L thing and showed me how to "Power Shift" a Stude. I did learn onw thing: A 259 with auto trans ina 62 Cruiser will MOVE! Made me wish me Daytona was a V-8....
                  Matthew (but with gas prices right now...) Burnette

                  Matthew Burnette
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                  • #10
                    Maybe I drive more "assertively" than you guys but my 4-speed Daytona feels nice and responsive while the 289/FOM in my '55 coupe feels like a slug off the line. I feel like I really have to give it some boot just to keep up with traffic. I have a feeling a stickshift swap or else a first gear start valve body is in my future because I cannot deal with the second gear start - I end up manually shifting away from every stop light anyway.

                    However, I have to say that after a band adjustment and some fresh fluid, it is shifting with much more reassuring authority after sitting for who knows how long. That old stuff takes a beating but never gives up. Even if I don't like *how* it works, it still works!

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      I could relate what I've found out about the strength of the Powershift and GM trannys but imagine most of you already heard it.

                      Ted

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                      • #12
                        I believe the '62 Flightomatic is essentially the same as on my '59 Lark. My car starts out in first gear and shifts twice as I increase my speed. I think, in the v-8, it starts in second and shifts only once.
                        My friend's '64 Avanti shifts that way.
                        Rog
                        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                        Smithtown,NY
                        Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                        • #13
                          Robert, I bet that Powershift had other problems, as Jeff Rice pointed out that is a very common way to use these transmission, and with a healthy transmission it shouldn't hurt anything.

                          Rodger, is your Lark a 6? I believe the 6 cylinder cars had 1st gear start.

                          Jeff DeWitt
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                          • #14
                            Jeff,
                            Yes, my Lark is the flat-head six and it does indeed start in 1st.
                            Roger
                            '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                            Smithtown,NY
                            Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                            • #15
                              LOL you're both right.

                              Some years (all?) the 6-cyl. FOM started in first gear.

                              The 8-cyl. FOM started in second gear EXCEPT in 1956 (and early 1957? maybe? don't remember) and all Powershifts start in second gear.

                              I just ASSumed we were talking about V-8 transmissions because, well, I guess I'm a V-8 snob

                              nate

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