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  • decappastubbie
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    I know the mid 50's trucks with the automatic are rare, a club member here in the Yakima has a 1955 V8 with an automatic.

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  • DougHolverson
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    Originally posted by 63t-cab View Post
    I take it Yours is Automatic ?
    Nope! New Process 5-speed overdrive!

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  • studejohn
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    Back in the 80s my dad had a 61 half ton auto 3.73 gears. There wasn't much on the street that could touch it in the 1/8 mile.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by Mrs K Corbin View Post
    Even better, how many C Cabs had factory Auto?
    I know, I know, pay the fine....LOL
    A local friend of mine bought a new 1957 pickup with V8, AT, R & H. Supposedly, it was so that his wife could drive it. I do not know that she ever did. He sold the truck, probably early 1970s, and bought it back in the late 1980s. I do not know the location of the truck now.

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  • Mrs K Corbin
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    Even better, how many C Cabs had factory Auto?
    I know, I know, pay the fine....LOL

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  • 52-fan
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    Joe had one for sale at his auction a couple of years ago. It didn't sell. Supposed to be an old California Highway Department truck.
    Attached Files

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  • 55coupe
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    I was lucky enough to find a 63 with 259/auto 3.73 gears in back. With 235 75 15s it's not to bad at 60-65 mph. It's a short bed 1/2 ton non fitting bed I wouldn't want to drive it cross country.

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  • 61Lark
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    I sold my 60 half ton this past summer that had an automatic. The gentleman I sold it to had a Champ, 62 I think, with an automatic. He said that he had only seen two over the years.

    Mine originally had a 4.09 rear gear, but it was changed to 3.31.

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  • StudeRich
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    There were Standard Ratios based on Engine size, and then special order ratios, with O.D. 4.27 was usually Standard, but 4.09, 4.54, 4.88 would be optional.

    I do not believe Higher geared than 3.73 was considered usable with a One to one Ratio Std. or Auto. Tranny and certainly not with O.D. (4.09 Limit) in a possibly Loaded and or Trailering Truck.

    Nowadays, for a "Cruiser" Truck we would think differently.

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  • 62champ
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    Originally posted by 63t-cab View Post
    Mine has 3:73, just wondered if others were possible?
    3.73 was lowest offered "from the factory" but there are always some who were able to get some special circumstances. A 4.09 or higher would not make for very friendly highway vehicle, not that trucks were necessarily bought to work at Interstate highway speeds of the day.

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  • 63t-cab
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    Mine has 3:73, just wondered if others were possible?

    Originally posted by 62champ View Post
    Pretty sure that automatics came standard with a 3.73 rear with the automatic.

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  • 62champ
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    Originally posted by 63t-cab View Post
    What rear ratio do You have ?
    Pretty sure that automatics came standard with a 3.73 rear with the automatic.

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  • 289stude
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    I had one years ago it was a 61 long bed v8 halfton.

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  • 63t-cab
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    What rear ratio do You have ?

    Originally posted by doug View Post
    My '62 was ordered by L.A. county fire department with automatic.

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  • doug
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    My '62 was ordered by L.A. county fire department with automatic.

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