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What automatic transmission(s) were used on '65 and/or '66 Cruiser V8's?

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  • GTCruiser
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    Carcrossword: Do not know the answer to that. GTCruiser

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  • StudeDave57
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    Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
    Nice conversion from the 'Ribbon Type' original '57 gauges, to the Hawk style SW gauges by StudeDave '57!
    Originally posted by Jim B PEI View Post
    Great look, Dave! I think that is what I'd like to do with my overdrive 57 Champion.
    Were they a slip into place change, or is some other fitting work required?
    Thanks guys! However, I can not take credit for that work, as it was done to the car by the prior owner. Just last week AlexM posted a video which showed that car and her owners back in 1969. Dad bought the car back not too long after...

    Jim- I'll see what I can do about getting pictures of Betsy and compare them to Baby.
    Since they are both currently in the same garage- along with Jewel- it'll be a snap!!!

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  • Jim B PEI
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    Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
    Nice conversion from the 'Ribbon Type' original '57 gauges, to the Hawk style SW gauges by StudeDave '57!
    Great look, Dave! I think that is what I'd like to do with my overdrive 57 Champion. Were they a slip into place change, or is some other fitting work required?

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  • kodiak621
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    Howard,

    I have a flightomatic trans that came with my 230. I am not sure of the condition of it, but if anyone needs a core they can come and get it.
    Great show yesterday.

    Lee

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  • Warren Webb
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    [/GTCruiser, didn't all the Zip Vans use that same "Taxi" transmission? Dan
    Sort of Dan. Zip Vans although were made with 6 cylinder engines were equipped with the heavy duty cast iron transmissions that had the drum parking brake on the rear of the trans as on the big trucks. They did have a first gear start but also were "water cooled" in that they had cooler lines running from the trans to the radiator. Taxis didn't have the parking brake drum on the trans & the standard 6 cylinder cars had aluminum cases & no cooler lines.

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  • SN-60
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    Nice conversion from the 'Ribbon Type' original '57 gauges, to the Hawk style SW gauges by StudeDave '57!

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  • CarCrosswordDan
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    GTCruiser, didn't all the Zip Vans use that same "Taxi" transmission? Dan

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  • StudeDave57
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    Originally posted by Warren Webb View Post
    The Flightomatic transmissions always had the same pattern P-N-D-L-R.
    I can't seem to find a pic of my '65 which is the same as a '66.
    However- this is sorta the same~



    but TOTALLY different.

    (That's in Betsy-- my '57 Parkview)
    Last edited by StudeDave57; 03-05-2012, 04:16 PM. Reason: fixed pic link

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  • StudeRich
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    Originally posted by GTCruiser View Post
    About eight years ago got a HD three-speed auto from Dave Thibeault and had it installed in my '65 Cruiser. It starts in first gear. These, I believe, were used in Stude taxi's with 6's. I think Dave got the trans from SASCO at that time.
    That will work, but it is not the sweet ticket for everyone. The reason it is listed as "H.D." is that for a 6 Cyl. normally equipped with the lightweight Borg Warner AS8-35 & AS30-35 Aluminum case Automatic, the Low Gear start cast iron case Flight-O-Matic was a heavier duty option for '63-'64 Fleet, H.D. Sedans/Wagons, and Taxis etc. with 6 Cyl. Engines, but NOT a V-8.

    The problem is, the 1 to 2 shift was NOT accomplished in the same manner as in a V-8 and with a narrower band, so it's not as sturdy a setup for a V-8 as the stock 2nd. start unit.

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  • Warren Webb
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    The Powershift transmission was the only one that Studebaker offered that had the now conventional shift pattern. That transmission was last offered in 1964. The Flightomatic transmissions always had the same pattern P-N-D-L-R. My 66 Cruiser is testimony to that. Perhaps someone has a picture of the shift indicator on the 66 Cruiser in the SNM. That would prove beyond any doubt of the shift pattern.

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  • radiotech
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    The difference was caused by the government They said taht all shift quadrants were to be alike to save anyone from shifting into the wrong gear by mistake, Reverse instead of neutral for instance , and that the GSA would not buy any vehicles that weren't equipped that way. That went into effect in 66 and was also the end of the Chrysler pushbutton automatics.

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  • GTCruiser
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    About eight years ago got a HD three-speed auto from Dave Thibeault and had it installed in my '65 Cruiser. It starts in first gear. These, I believe, were used in Stude taxi's with 6's. I think Dave got the trans from SASCO at that time.

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  • brngarage
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    Thanks for the update, Warren.

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  • Warren Webb
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    One more thing Howard. I seem to remember that Jeep used the same shift indicator in the 60's. Perhaps on the car in question was modified, the shift dial from a Jeep was installed. Jeep used a different transmission that had the now common P-R-N-D-L pattern. I have looked in some Jeep areas to see if any of their vendors made a reproduction dial but no success so far. If anyone knows where you could get one it would be great with installing a GM overdrive trans & having the stock appearing shift dial on the column.

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  • brngarage
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    Thanks Gary. That may very well be the answer. I still need to drive the car and verify that it does in fact have a 3 speed transmission (even if it starts in 2nd gear in drive). I should be able to drive it this weekend, and I'll report here on what I find. Again, thanks everyone!

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